Phone Hacking Trial: Andy Coulson, “Do his phone” not an instruction to hack a phone – Martin Hickman

16 04 2014

Andy_CoulsonDay 92, Part 2:  Andy Coulson’s instruction “Do his phone” was not an instruction to hack a phone, he told the Old Bailey today.

The former tabloid editor said that instead he was requesting a check of a reporter’s phone data to see if he was leaking the News of the World’s stories to rivals. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking Trial: Andy Coulson listened to hacked Blunkett messages – Martin Hickman

16 04 2014

Andy CoulsonDay 92, Part 1:  Andy Coulson listened to tapes of hacked phone messages from a Cabinet minister to his lover, believed they were gross intrusions into their privacy, but decided to publish a story based on them anyway, because he felt it was in the public interest and he did not know that phone hacking was illegal, he told a jury today. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking Trial: Andy Coulson “authorised cash payments for NOTW private detective” – Martin Hickman

18 03 2014

Coulson and MulcaireDay 71: Andy Coulson personally authorised cash payments to the News of the World’s private detective which led to the phones of three royal aides being hacked, a court heard today. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking Trial: NOTW reporter admits mistakes in phone hacking allegations – Martin Hickman

30 01 2014

media_andy_coulson_2Day 49, Part 2: A long-serving News of the World reporter has admitted making mistakes in his allegations about Andy Coulson’s involvement in phone hacking. At the start of his four-day testimony this week and in his police statement, Dan Evans said he had played the message left by Sienna Miller to Mr Coulson and another journalist at the NoW’s offices in Wapping on Tuesday 27 September 2005. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking Trial Report: Coulson-Brooks affair assists Crown’s conspiracy claim – Martin Hickman

31 10 2013

Coulson BrooksThe News of the World ordered the hacking of Milly Dowler’s phone on the same day it sympathised with her distraught parents’ anguish, the phone hacking trial heard today. Milly went missing near her home in Walton on Thames, Surrey, in March 2002, sparking a large public police investigation and a parallel, covert one at the News of the World, the Old Bailey was told. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking Trial Report: Brooks and Coulson would have known about phone hacking at NoTW, jury is told – Martin Hickman

30 10 2013

Rebekah Brooks personally approved payment of almost £40,000 to a civil servant in return for information, the phone hacking trial heard today. Mrs Brooks was editing the Sun newspaper when the payments were made to the official, Andrew Edis QC, prosecuting, told the jury. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking “Trial of the Century” begins tomorrow: eight defendants face a total of seven charges

27 10 2013

Brooks and CoulsonThe first phone-hacking trial begins next week before Mr Justice Saunders and a jury in Court 12 at the Central Criminal Court (the “Old Bailey”) in London on Monday 28 October 2013.  The first day or two are expected to be taken up with legal argument and the selection of the jury so the prosecution opening is not likely to begin until Tuesday or Wednesday. The trial is expected to last at least 4 months. Read the rest of this entry »





Countdown to the Old Bailey – Michelle Stanistreet

23 10 2013

michelle-stanistreetIt’s already being billed as the trial of the century and the countdown has begun in earnest. One hell of a media scrum can be guaranteed later this month when the Old Bailey plays host to the trial of former Downing Street director of communications Andy Coulson and his erstwhile rival and close friend Rebekah Brooks, former chief executive of News International.  Read the rest of this entry »





News: Metropolitan Police Officer convicted of misconduct over attempted sale of phone hacking information

10 01 2013

April CasburnDetective Chief Inspector April Casburn has been convicted of misconduct in a public office by a jury at Southwark Crown Court after she admitted telephoning the “News of the World” on 11 September 2010, shortly after the phone hacking inquiry was re-opening.  She is the first person to have been prosecuted under Operation Elveden, the investigation into improper police behaviour. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Operation Eleveden, Five Charged including Brooks, Coulson and Goodman

20 11 2012

The Crown Prosecution Service announced this morning that four former News International editors and journalists will stand trial on charges of conspiring to commit misconduct in public office. Read the rest of this entry »








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