Phone-hacking: Criminal trial update

More developments from the phone hacking trial. This weeks update contains some interesting events.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.

This week has seen the following developments in the phone-hacking case:

  • Stuart Kuttner, the News of the World’s managing editor for 22 years until 2009, told the Court this week under cross-examination that Clive Goodman, the News of the World’s royal editor told him that Andy Coulson, the News of the World’s then editor, was aware of potentially criminal activities at the paper. However, Mr Kuttner added that Mr Goodman “was a person who tended in my experience to embellish.”

– Mr Kuttner added “it’s possible” that Glenn Mulcaire may have phoned him to ask when he might receive payment, as “other people were wont to do”. However, Mr Kuttner made clear that he had “no recollection of any dealings with Glenn Mulcaire.” Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for 6 months in 2007 for intercepting voicemail messages.

– Mr Kuttner also said that he would have told any reporter offering to bribe police “to clear off.”

  • Rebekah Brooks’s husband, Charlie Brooks, is charming but could be “daft”, according to his childhood friend Sarah Bradstock. Ms Bradstock provided evidence as to Mr Brooks’ character.

– Racehorse trainer Sir Mark Prescott also provided character evidence, saying, “I have never had any cause to doubt his integrity.”

  • Marva Ingram, at the time an administration assistant at News International, told the court that in July 2011, Mark Hanna, NI’s head of security, gave her a bag that he said was “to give to someone”. Mr Hanna helped Ms Ingram put the bag into two bin bags, Ms Ingram told the court. Ms Ingram then placed the package under her desk at NI’s headquarters in Wapping.

– Mr Hanna said in evidence that the bag had been placed in News International’s lost and found storage area on 17 July 2011. Ms Ingram said that Mr Hanna did not ask her to do this.

  • Mr Kuttner denies conspiring to hack phones. Mr Hanna, Mr Brooks and Mrs Brooks deny conspiring to pervert the course of justice by allegedly hiding the bags from detectives. The case continues.
  • No win, no fee compensation for phone-hacking victims is being sought by Hamlins. A number of new victims, notified under Operation Pinetree, have instructed our team of experts over the past two weeks.