Judge: Tierney profited 'out of misery'

It is wholly against the public interest for those who hold public office cynically to profit out of the misery or unfortunate circumstances of those for whom they are responsible.

The most serious aspect of the two offences is that, in relation to count two, the defendant provided the name and, most significantly, the address of the witness.

The fact that the individual coincidentally tried to sell the story to another newspaper is neither here nor there in terms of what this defendant had in mind.

Put bluntly, it could easily have led to that witness withdrawing all co-operation as regards being a witness.

– Judge Justice Fulford

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Officials jailed for selling info

Former prison officer Richard Trunkfield has been sentenced to 16 months for selling information about James Bulger's killer Jon Venables to The Sun. Ex-PC Alan Tierney was jailed for 10 months for details about the arrest of John Terry's mother.