• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

Broadmoor leak culprit avoids jail

A former employee at Broadmoor Hospital has avoided jail after he admitted leaking information to newspapers.

Alan Ostler, 32, of Uxbridge, north west London, who was an assistant technical instructor at the hospital in Berkshire, pled guilty to misconduct in public office on November 29 last year.

In 2008, Ostler provided information to tabloid newspapers about patients at the high security psychiatric hospital, the Old Bailey heard.

His information, which he tried to sell, contributed to the publication of a story headlined 'Rape fantasy fiend given NHS sex swap'.

It was about a female patient who underwent gender realignment to become a man and then later wanted to change back.

Despite asking for money, Ostler never received payment for the story as it was confirmed by another source, the court heard.

Ostler was sentenced at the Old Bailey to seven months imprisonment suspended for 18 months, plus 150 hours unpaid work in the community.

Contextual targeting label: 
Block list

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

207044