Hospital employee convicted for selling information to national newspaperMetropolitan Police – May 29, 2015 16:20 BST
An employee at a hospital’s high security unit has been convicted for selling information to a national newspaper.
Alan Hagan [Elveden 71], who worked at Ashworth Hospital, a high security facility, in Liverpool, was today, Friday, 29 May, was found guilty of misconduct in a public office.
Hagen, 48, (13.01.67), of Melling Mount, Kirkby, Liverpool, was convicted at the Old Bailey.
The court heard that Hagan, who was working in security at the hospital, was in contact with a journalist from the now defunct News of the World newspaper in January 2008.
Shortly after this in February 2008, an article concerning drugs being recovered from a patient’s room appeared in the paper. A few days later a payment of £1,000 to Hagan was approved by the paper.
Later that year, Hagan brought a covert camera into the hospital against all the hospital’s security rules and patient confidentiality. He used it to take video footage of the same patient, which he sent to the journalist at the newspaper. Hagan was in negotiations with the newspaper regarding a £50,000 payment for the images.
When Hagan’s home was searched by detectives from Operation Elveden, a covert pen camera was recovered, which contained videos and pictures of the patient. E-mails relating to the contact between him and the journalist were also recovered from Hagan’s computer.
Detective Chief Superintendent Gordon Briggs, leading on Operation Elveden, said:”Hagan breached very important rules relating to the security of a psychiatric hospital, patient confidentiality and public trust, when he smuggled a covert camera into Ashworth Hospital.
“He was in lengthy negotiation with the journalist, eventually being offered the huge sum of £50,000 for the footage of a notorious patient.
“Hagan was motivated by money; he was not acting in the public interest. The jury’s decision to convict him shows just how seriously they felt the abuse of his position, and the abuse of the trust his employers placed in him, was.”
He will be sentenced on Friday, 26 June at the Old Bailey.