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Accused hacker to return to court

Published:Tuesday | May 21, 2013 | 10:31 AM

The man charged with hacking into computers from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, is to return to court today.

Twenty-nine-year-old Phillpot Martin, who is charged under the Cyber Crimes Act was granted $1-million bail when he last appeared before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on April 16. 

Martin is also facing charges of unauthorised access to a computer programme or data and unlawful possession of a computer for the commission of an offence.

He’s represented by attorneys Christian and Tom Tavares-Finson.

The Crown is alleging that on January 25, the police conducted a search of Phillipot's home and removed several computer items including hard drives and laptops.

The items were taken to the Organised Crime Investigation Division and an analysis of one of the hard drives was done.

The police say it was discovered that the hard drive contained documents which included work files belonging to an assistant director at the office of the DPP.

The prosecutor said he did not authorise anyone to access the files.

However, Martin's attorneys say he was contracted by the justice ministry under which the DPP's office falls.

Martin is also accused of hacking into Digicel's computer system while he was a computer science student at the University of Technology in 2009.


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