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WA policeman fined for Cousins tip-off

AAP logoAAP 14/11/2016

A Perth policeman who leaked details of Ben Cousins' arrest last year to his journalist girlfriend has admitted he disclosed restricted information and been fined.

Daniel James Erik Jamieson, 31, was charged with unauthorised disclosure of information by a public servant after he passed on details of police jobs to Channel Seven reporter Monique Dirksz in March 2015.

He initially pleaded not guilty then sought to have the case thrown out.

But on Monday, Jamieson changed his plea to guilty, with his defence lawyer saying he did not dispute the facts and had decided against proceeding to trial to argue "a discrete legal point".

The Perth Magistrates Court heard Jamieson sent multiple text messages and called his now ex-partner about Cousins' midnight arrest, which came after after a low-speed pursuit and ended in a foot chase, giving her an exclusive story.

"If you get the shot, (news director) Howard (Gretton) owes us a carton of cider," Jamieson said in one text.

Dirksz sent him a message at the end of her shift saying it had been "the best news day of my life".

The court heard Jamieson also sent her texts about a boy suffering a serious electric shock in the Mandurah area and a pharmacy robbery in St James.

The prosecutor said Jamieson's conduct was serious because it was persistent and protracted and had given Dirksz an advantage over her colleagues when police should treat media fairly.

Most importantly, police officers were entrusted not to take advantage of detailed information about people on computer systems.

Cousins was entitled to privacy but was instead accosted on a street at 2.45am by a television crew thrusting a camera in his face, the prosecutor said.

Jamieson, who remains in the police force, was fined $3000 and must also pay legal costs of $150.

He sought a spent conviction but was unsuccessful, which means it will appear on his record.

The magistrate noted Jamieson has been internally disciplined, closely monitored and lost promotion opportunities but there was some prospect of advancement in the future.

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