Police officer on data charges

Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.
Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.

A police officer injured during the arrest of Sheku Bayoh has made her frst appearance in court on data protection charges – almost four years after the alleged offence.

Nicole Short has been at the centre of more than a year of legal wrangling over the extent of her injuries, causing repeated delays to her trial.

Her case was called at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court on more than 10 occasions – with Friday’s hearing the first time she has appeared in the dock.

Short, 30, of Glenrothes, pleaded not guilty on summary complaint to three charges under the Data Protection Act.

She is accused of accessing confidential information on the Police Scotland computer system in October 2012.

PC Short is accused of obtaining personal data relating to two men from Fife Constabulary’s Crimefile system and the Scottish Intelligence Database for non-policing purposes in a separate incident.

Sheriff Richard McFarlane continued the case to a trial date in October.