Phone-hacking: criminal trial update – week beginning 28/04/2014

Andy Coulson finished giving evidence in the phone-hacking criminal Trial last week, but his final days in the witness box revealed further interesting revelations. If you would like to discuss any issues concerning phone-hacking, or if you think you may have been a victim of phone hacking, please contact Christopher Hutchings.

  • Andy Coulson, Rebekah Brooks’ deputy editor at the News of the World (and later the paper’s editor), told the Court in the phone-hacking Trial last week that he approved requests from royal editor Clive Goodman to pay police for information about the Royal family because he “didn’t pay enough attention”.

 – Mr Goodman submitted requests for £1,000 in 2003 and £750 in 2005 for copies of Buckingham Palace phone directories. Mr Coulson approved the email requests by writing “Fine”.

 – Mr Coulson says “I accept that a) I didn’t pay enough attention to these emails and b) I authorised this payment – but I didn’t think it was going to a policeman.” He maintains that Mr Goodman was prone to exaggeration, which is why Mr Coulson did not think that the money was actually going to be used to pay police.

  • Mr Coulson and Mr Goodman are jointly charged with conspiring to commit misconduct in public office in regards to 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. Please click here for further information. If you would like to discuss any issues concerning the trial or think that you may have been a victim of phone hacking under Operation Weeting or Operation Pinetree, please contact Christopher Hutchings.