Former Kiskeam garda guilty of passing on data
A FORMER Kiskeam garda who pleaded guilty to data protection breaches along with the possession of a shotgun has been remanded on continuing bail until next November when he will be sentenced.
50 year-old Daniel Tarrant of Doon, Kiskeam pleaded guilty this week at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to three charges of disclosing personal data without the prior authority of the Data Controller between December 23, 2008 and July 16, 2009. Mr Tarrant entered the plea one week before he was due to stand trial on the charges.
Mr Tarrant had previously attended Navan District Court in April 2012, where solicitor Cahir O'Higgin's had said after that court sitting that the allegations of corruption against Mr Tarrant would be "robustly defended."
At the April 2012 sitting, Mr Tarrant was charged with acting in relation to his office or position for the purpose of corruptly obtaining a gift, consideration or advantage for himself of another person at Finglas Garda Station on July 16, 2009. At that sitting, he was also charged with possession of a single barrel shotgun without a firearms certificate at 94 Cluain Ri, Ashbourne on October 9, 2009.
The third and final charge at that sitting alleged that between November 9, 2008 and May 2009, he disclosed personal information at Finglas Garda Station and passed it to his girlfriend, 51 year old Helena Bruton, who is not a garda. Ms Bruton was then alleged to have received that data and passed it to a third party.
At the 2012 sitting, Ms Bruton, with an address at Cluain Ri in Ashbourne was charged that on July 16, 2009 at Finglas Garda Station that she obtained access to personal data or obtained information without the consent of the data controller and also that she disclosed that information to another person contrary to the Data Protection Act. At the April 2012 sitting, Detective Inspector Jody Crowe of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation told Judge Patrick McMahon that both had replied "not guilty" when the charges were put to them.