Phone-hacking: criminal trial update – week beginning 22/04/2014

Andy Coulson gave evidence in the phone-hacking trial this week, which resulted in yet more interesting developments in the case. If you would like to discuss any issues concerning the phone-hacking trial, or if you think you may have been a victim of phone hacking, please contact Christopher Hutchings.

  • Andy Coulson, Rebekah Brooks’s deputy editor at the News of the World (and later the paper’s editor), said that he neither knew nor suspected that the paper’s royal editor, Clive Goodman was hacking phones, or that Mr Goodman had employed a private detective, Glenn Mulcaire, to hack phones. Mr Mulcaire was jailed for phone hacking in 2007.
  • Mr Coulson was asked about the testimony of News of the World reporter Dan Evans, who gave evidence to say that he was recruited from the Mirror by Mr Coulson partly on the basis of his phone-hacking skills. Mr Coulson was asked whether anything was said by Mr Evans about phone hacking, to which he replied “Not that I remember, no.”
  • Mr Coulson also denied Dan Evans’ claim that he had played Mr Coulson a voicemail that Mr Evans had intercepted from the actress Sienna Miller.
  •  Mr Evans has admitted conspiring to hack phones at both the Sunday Mirror and News of the World. He has also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office, and perverting the course of justice.
  • Mr Goodman’s requests for cash payments to police officers were approved by Mr Coulson because, says Mr Coulson, Mr Goodman was “prone to exaggeration” and Mr Coulson therefore did not believe that the money was actually going to police officers.
  • A Buckingham Palace mole was responsible for feeding stories to the News of the World, Mr Coulson told Court this week.
  • Mr Coulson and Mr Goodman are jointly charged conspiring to commit misconduct in public office over payments to police guarding the royal family. They deny the charges.
  • Mr Coulson also denies conspiring to hack phones. The case continues.

No win, no fee compensation for phone-hacking victims is being sought by phone-hacking lawyers at Hamlins. If you would like to discuss any issues concerning the trial or think that you may have been a victim of phone hacking under Operations Weeting, Pinetree or Golding, please contact Christopher Hutchings.