Australian Information Security Incident Reported: August 9 2019
WA Officer David Snowball illegally accessed police computer to protect partner’s massage business
August 7 2019: A senior WA police officer of 22 years’ standing who unlawfully accessed a restricted computer system in an attempt to protect his partner’s illegitimate massage business has walked free from court after being sentenced.
David Bruce Snowball, 57, was a sergeant in the WA Police Force when in June last year he logged in to the police computer system to find out information about a neighbour.
The District Court was told Snowball’s partner, with his help, was running a business from their home called “Essential Massage Service” which was generating about $1,500–$2,000 a week.
Prosecutor Daniel McDonald said Snowball had wanted to obtain information about the neighbour “to keep him at bay” and to protect the income from the illegitimate business.