Woman denies collecting information of use to terrorists while working for Housing Executive
A Newtownabbey woman is to stand trial accused of collecting information of use to terrorists whilst working for the Housing Executive.
Charlene Pierce, from Harmin Park, appeared at Belfast Crown Court yesterday where she denied two charges levelled against her.
The 34-year old is accused of collecting or making a record of information likely to be of use to terrorists - namely information relating to the identity and addresses of three people on the PSNI's Witness Protection Scheme - on dates between June 25 and 28 2014.
The Co Antrim woman is also charged with misconduct in a public office on the same dates.
The charge accuses Pierce of being a public officer - namely a Housing Executive Claims Builder - and using that position to unlawfully obtain information relating to the identity and addresses of the three people under the Witness Protection Scheme.
When the two charges were put to Pierce she replied "not guilty" to both.
The trial, which is due to last seven days, is expected to start on May 4.
Judge Gordon Kerr released Pierce on continuing bail and ordered her to appear before the same court for her trial.