Phone Hacking Trial: Brooks’ 70-year-old mother takes to the witness stand – Martin Hickman

13 03 2014

Brooks and WeirDay 68, Part 1: Rebekah Brooks’s 70-year-old mother took the witness stand at the Old Bailey today to give evidence for her daughter.

Called by Mrs Brooks’s legal team, Deborah Weir said that her daughter’s PA Cheryl Carter had not arrived with any boxes when she visited the Brooks’s home in the Cotswolds at the height of the phone hacking scandal. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking Trial: Help from Blair and Mandelson, Brooks the “phone hacking mastermind” – Martin Hickman

12 03 2014

Rebekah BrooksDay 67:  Tony Blair and Peter Mandelson privately offered to help Rebekah Brooks prepare for a grilling by MPs at the height of the phone hacking scandal, the Old Bailey heard today. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking Trial: Brooks, Piers Morgan “may” have mentioned phone hacking in 2004 – Martin Hickman

11 03 2014

Brooks and MorganDay 66, Part 2:  Journalist and former chat show host Piers Morgan may have mentioned phone hacking in 2004, two years before detectives arrested two News of the World figures for intercepting the voicemails of the Royal Household, the Old Bailey heard today. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking Trial: Brooks unable to recall how The Sun established Blunkett story – Martin Hickman

6 03 2014

David-Blunkett-010_0Day 64, Part 2: Rebekah Brooks was unable today to remember how The Sun established the identity of Home Secretary David Blunkett’s lover hours after the News of the World being edited by her close friend Andy Coulson revealed the relationship. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking Trial: Brooks and Coulson close at time of Dowler story, trial hears – Martin Hickman

6 03 2014

Coulson BrooksDay 64, Part 1:  Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson were so close at the time of the Milly Dowler story that he could trust her with any confidence, she told the phone hacking trial today. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking Trial: Brooks: I didn’t inquire into phone hacking while CEO of News International – Martin Hickman

5 03 2014

News International building in WappingDay 63, Part 2: Rebekah Brooks did not inquire into the scale of phone hacking at the News of the World while chief executive of News International despite fresh evidence suggesting the practice was widespread, the Old Bailey heard today. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking Trial: Brooks knew of potential phone hacking victims in 2006, Old Bailey hears – Martin Hickman

5 03 2014

prescott30-415Day 63, Part 1: Rebekah Brooks knew that the deputy prime minister John Prescott and other high-profile individuals were potential victims of phone hacking in 2006, five years before News International stopped blaming voicemail interception on a single royal editor, the Old Bailey heard today. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking Trial: Brooks had no knowledge of husband’s stashed bags – Martin Hickman

4 03 2014

Rebekah and Charlie BrooksDay 62, Part 2: Rebekah Brooks had no knowledge of an attempt by her husband Charlie to hide his bags at the time she was arrested, the Old Bailey heard today. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking Trial: Tony Blair and Piers Morgan sent supportive messages to Brooks over Dowler story – Martin Hickman

4 03 2014

Brooks and MorganDay 62, Part 1: Rebekah Brooks received messages of support from politicians and journalists, and death threats from the public, in the days after the Milly Dowler story broke, the phone hacking trial heard today. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking Trial: ‘Toxic’ NOTW closure mooted month before Guardian’s Milly Dowler revelations – Martin Hickman

3 03 2014

News-of-the-World-006Day 61, Part 2: Rupert Murdoch’s UK newspaper group considered closing the News of the World a month before the Guardian disclosed it had targeted missing girl Milly Dowler, the phone hacking trial heard today. Read the rest of this entry »








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