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Monday, 01 September 2014

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Carlisle GP cyber stalked by jilted lover

A Cumbrian GP has told how she was “electronically stalked” by a former lover after the couple broke up following a 12-year relationship.

Hannah Judson, whose address was given in court as Carlisle, spoke of her shock when she realised her ex-boyfriend, also a family doctor, had kept a record of almost every online move following their break-up in March 2011.

When police investigated the computers of jilted Barry Henry Rogers, 53, they found a cache of personal information and photographs showing Dr Judson at various events.

The veteran GP has failed to overturn a suspended jail sentence imposed on him last year by a judge at Carlisle Crown Court, potentially leaving his career in tatters.

In a statement read aloud at the Court of Appeal, Dr Judson said she was shocked when she realised the extent of the betrayal.

From the day she had ended their 12-year relationship last year, he followed her online, accessing emails, phone and credit card bills and photos, the court heard.

Only when Rogers was arrested in July 2011 did it become apparent how much surveillance of my life had been carried out by him,” she told the court.

“I was disturbed when I was shown the number of documents and emails he had obtained since I left him.

“It seemed he had systematically observed nearly everything that I had done in those months.”

The court heard Rogers had struggled to cope with the breakdown of the relationship. In July 2011, Dr Judson began to suspect someone had been into her email account and she contacted the police.

Dr Rogers was arrested in Scotland soon afterwards and his computers taken away to be examined.

Police experts found files containing a considerable amount of personal information about Dr Judson, her friends and her family.

Emails from her account and those held by her sister and friend had been stored, as well as photographs of Dr Judson at various events.

All the material was obtained by Rogers hacking into accounts he was not entitled to have access to.

He admitted four counts of unauthorised access to computer material and was given a six-month suspended sentence at Carlisle Crown Court in January last year.

On appeal, Rogers, of Kirkton Avenue, Bathgate, West Lothian, claimed he should not have been given the six-month term, which he had been advised would end his NHS career.

Had the sentencing judge realised he was fit enough to do community service, that would have been the punishment, the court was told. Instead, the crown court judge had been told that Rogers’ heart condition could prove fatal if he was to do physical work.

But Lord Justice Pitchford, Mr Justice Sweeney and Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC rejected the appeal.

It is, in our judgment, not demonstrable that the judge imposed a sentence of imprisonment only because she couldn’t make a community order with an unpaid work requirement,” said Lord Justice Pitchford.

“On the contrary, it appears to us that the judge would have wished to have imposed, if she could have, an unpaid work requirement attached to the suspended sentence order.”

The appeal was dismissed and the suspended sentence upheld.

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