At a hearing before Manchester Magistrates, the defendant Philip Bagnall pleaded guilty to an offence under section 55 of the Data Protection Act by unlawfully obtaining personal data, relating to 2,724 customers, from his former employer, Nationwide Accident Repair Services Ltd, a vehicle repair company. A like offence of disclosing the data was also admitted and taken into consideration. Some of the data subjects were subsequently contacted by an unidentified third party regarding their accidents and whether they would want to pursue claims. The defendant had been approached by an unidentified third party in a pub and asked whether he wanted to make some spare money by passing on the data, making approximately £1,000.
The defendant was sentenced to a fine of £500, ordered to pay costs of £364 and £50 victim surcharge.