A former British Army soldier has been jailed after sending sensitive military information to ‘numerous outside recipients’.
Amine Matthew Sabrane Conroy, 25, of west London, was sentenced at Kingston Crown Court yesterday, Wednesday 16th December. He has been jailed for a total of four years’ imprisonment.
On 5th November, Conroy had previously pleaded guilty to one count of eliciting, publishing or communicating information about members of armed forces – contrary to section 58A of the Terrorism Act (TACT), 2000, five counts of collecting, making a record of, or possessing information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism – contrary to section 58 TACT, 2000 and two counts of possessing an extreme pornographic image – contrary to section 63(1) of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008.
A detailed investigation by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, assisted by the Ministry of Defence, found that Conroy sent an email on 1st May 2020 that contained sensitive military information.
The investigation found that Conroy had acquired some of the information in the email earlier in the year, before his discharge from the British Army.
Conroy was arrested on the 4th of May when his computers and digital devices were seized for digital forensic analysis.
Investigators were able to identify copies of the documents contained within the emails, and also found evidence confirming that Conroy had been the one who sent the email.
When examining his digital devices, officers also found extreme pornographic images.
Conroy was later charged on the 29th June following further enquiries.
Commander Richard Smith, Head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said:
“There is no doubt that the information Conroy copied and then emailed out had the potential to put the safety and security of military personnel at increased risk.
“Today’s sentence should make it absolutely clear that there are very serious consequences for anyone who chooses to do this sort of thing.
“Police and the military take this extremely seriously and we will seek to identify, arrest and prosecute anyone responsible for putting others’ lives at risk through the illegal sharing of sensitive information that could then be used by those with hostile or terrorist intent.”
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