A Crown Prosecution Service lawyer is on trial accused of unlawfully accessing details about his judge partner’s new lover after their marital relationship broke down.
Scott Ainge, 47, was accused by separated spouse Kate of installing “a ruthless, determined and continual campaign of harassment” that culminated in him abusing his access to CPS computer system systems to look up the criminal past of her new lover.
Liverpool Crown Court heard earlier this week how Ainge also presumably tracked and photographed his spouse’s car, as well as monitoring her e-mails and social media accounts as she cavorted with brand-new lover Andrew Thompson.
Kate, a deputy (part-time) district judge, told the court while providing proof: “All he wanted to do was damage me and I do not believe he will ever stop.”
Ainge is said to have threatened to reveal to another judge and his estranged spouse’s coworkers the details of her affair. He is charged with using CPS systems to look up previous convictions of Thompson’s as well as stalking Kate, according to regional paper the Liverpool Echo
Ainge rejects five charges of unauthorised access to info under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 and one count of stalking. The case continues.
Public sector employees abusing their access to state computer systems is not unusual, though it is reasonably uncommon for these cases to be brought to court. Earlier this week The Register reported how a policeman in Wales was sacked, in a comparable case to Ainge’s, after being found guilty of spying on his sweetheart’s ex
Kate Ainge is not the only judge to have actually been involved in Computer Abuse Act proceedings over the last few years either. Back in 2018, Crown court judge Karen Jane Holt was herself charged with unlawfully accessing a case file, though another Crown court judge dismissed the case against her.
Cases brought to court under the Computer Misuse Act, the key piece of anti-hacking legislation in the UK, decreased 9 percent in the year to March 2020 It appears that cases may be on the boost this year, maybe thanks to COVID-19 requiring most of the UK to stay at house. ®