Phone-hacking: Criminal Trial Update

The phone hacking trial continues this week with some interesting developments that we summarise below. If you would like to discuss any issues concerning the trial or think that you may have been a victim of phone hacking please contact Christopher Hutchings.

  • Charlie Brooks hid two briefcases containing laptops and adult DVDs behind a bin in the underground car park of his Chelsea Harbour flat because he feared that discovering of the DVDs could lead to a “Jacqui Smith moment.”

– Mr Brooks also feared that police would break his laptop or corrupt its contents,  which included notes on novels he was writing.

– Mr Brooks hid the items on 18 July 2011, while his wife Rebekah was being arrested at Lewisham Police Station.

  • Mr Brooks says he gave a no-comment interview on the advice on his lawyers and denies the accusation that it was so that he could invent a story later.
  • News International’s head of security, Mark Hanna, claims he removed Mr Brooks’ possessions from the underground car park because of the adult material and that he did not know at the time that Rebekah Brooks had been arrested when he removed.
  • Charlie Brooks, Rebekah Brooks and Mark Hanna each denies conspiring to pervert the course of justice. The case continues.

No win, no fee compensation claims for phone-hacking victims are being pursued by Hamlins. Voicemail interception victims represented by Hamlins will have their claims heard at a Trial in October 2014. Operation Pinetree and Operation Weeting claims will both be addressed at the Trial.