Special constable who used police databases to stalk Hackney woman avoids jail term

An obsessed former special constable who trawled police computers for information about a woman he was stalking was spared jail and told by a judge, “Make sure you leave that lady alone.”

David Hoar, 41, of Smalley Close, Stoke Newington, carried out dozens of searches on Met Police databases between May and August 2010 for details about his victim, and on one day alone made 27 enquiries.

He also hounded his victim on the phone, saying, "Hello luscious lips, I still love you," Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.

The mother-of-two said he 'ruined her life', forcing her to move house and quit her job, after she claimed he loitered outside her work and turned up uninvited to events she attended.

He was sentenced to a 12-month community order on Monday after he admitted causing a computer to perform a function with intent to secure or otherwise enable access to a program or data held in that computer.

Sentencing him, the judge Mr Recorder Barry Kogan said he considered carefully whether to send him to prison, but was reassured because Hoar pleaded guilty and accepted responsibility for causing his victim distress.

Hoar had already been handed a community order last September, after being found guilty of harassment following a magistrates' court trial.

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He is subject to an indefinite restraining order, banning him from contacting the victim directly or indirectly, including via social media. Breaching the order will lead to a "substantial" prison sentence, warned the judge.

"You caused that lady considerable distress and you must put her out of your mind," he added.

Hoar insisted he was "very happy" with his current girlfriend and would have no trouble complying.

When asked outside court if he would like to apologise to his victim, Hoar replied "no, not really," adding he plans to lodge a complaint against the Metropolitan Police.

Hackney Gazette

In the Hackney Gazette we reported on court proceedings involving Mr David Hoar of Smalley Close, Stoke Newington. Mr Hoar, a former Special constable, was convicted in July 2012 of one count of harassment, and we reported his victim's claims that Mr Hoar 'loitered outside her [place of] work' and 'turned up at events' which she was attending. These allegations were not proven and did not, therefore, form part of Mr Hoar's conviction. Mr Hoar is subject to an indefinite restraining order banning him from contacting the victim directly or indirectly, including via the use of social media.