A private investigator who mixed with high-profile AFL identifies is likely to be spared a prison term for asking a Victorian policeman to access personal information on the force's database.
Anthony Thompson and officer Elio Raso - both aged 62 - pleaded guilty to seven charges relating to the latter accessing information on a police system without authorisation at Thompson's behest.
The access occurred over several years, leading up to 2017.
The County Court of Victoria was told on Friday that Thompson was a mate of former St Kilda star Danny Frawley, whose death in a car crash this week had highlighted the need to get support for mental health issues.
"He was with Mr Frawley very recently, so it just brings it all home for him," Thompson's lawyer Dermot Dann QC said.
The barrister added his client was "petrified about the prospect" of going to prison.
He asked Judge Mark Dean that Thompson instead be assessed for a community corrections order, which if granted would allow him to impose a non-custodial sentence.
Thompson had struggled with mental health issues since his late 20s, with a psychiatrist recently identifying depression, anxiety and stress issues, Mr Dann said.
He also noted Thompson had experienced suicidal thoughts.
Judge Dean said he would put "significant weight" on Thompson's mental state.
"I get the impression from the material that he is in need of more rigorous treatment and intervention than he's had to date," he said.
Prosecutor John Saunders argued the seriousness of the crime meant both Thompson and Raso should be jailed.
But he suggested Raso's crime was more serious.
"Really, at the end, he's the officer with the access," Mr Saunders said.
Raso's lawyer Jason Gullaci conceded there should be some difference between the punishments the two are dealt, but not much.
He argued Thompson - a former policeman - was "not a babe in the woods".
"He is someone who expressly understands the position that Mr Raso is in, and has used that position,: Mr Gullaci said.
"(He) has repeatedly ... hit him up for information. And why has he done that? To benefit himself."
Regardless, Judge Dean said he was unlikely to send Thompson to prison.
"At this time I'm not minded to impose a term of imprisonment on Mr Thompson, but I am considering it in the matter of Mr Raso."
He ordered that each of the men be assessed on Friday afternoon for a community corrections order, with that report to be handed to the judge early next week.
The pair is due back in court on September 18.
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