A former police officer has admitted searching Met computer systems and sharing the information with a woman via Snapchat.  

Detective Constable Ishmael Donegan, 26, who was formerly working in Camden and Islington, pleaded guilty to four counts of misconduct in public office at Southwark Crown Court yesterday (March 12).

It comes after a probe led by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) found DC Donegan had misused Met computer systems over a period of 18 months.

Between October 2019 and March 2022, he also shared information he had found with Nonna Khabazz, a woman he met and communicated with on Snapchat.

He also used police systems to make more than 80 searches for another woman he was in contact with via text.

DC Donegan resigned from the Met in February this year, and a police spokesperson has said that a misconduct hearing will take place as soon as possible.

Superintendent Jack Rowlands, who is responsible for policing Camden and Islington, said: “Our officers are aware that they must only access computer systems and files when they have a legitimate policing purpose to do so.

“All officers and staff receive mandatory training on this issue and they are regularly reminded of the rules when they log into these systems.

“It is clear that former DC Donegan completely disregarded these policies and shared sensitive information with members of the public.

“Thanks to a thorough and complex investigation by officers from the Anti-Abuse and Corruption Command, he realised he had no choice but to own up to his offending and will now face the consequences of his actions.”

At the same trial, Khabazz, 26, of Summer Road, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to one count of encouraging or assisting the commission of an offence.

Blain Brown, 23, of no fixed address, previously pleaded guilty to one charge of encouraging misconduct in public office after asking Khabazz to find out information on individuals via DC Donegan.

All three will be sentenced on May 10.