Day 118, Part 2: The charge of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice against Rebekah Brooks, News International former chief executive, and Mark Hanna, the newspaper group’s head of security, hinges on the evidence against her husband Charlie, the judge suggested today. Continue reading
Day 114, Part 1: Charlie Brooks is a loving husband who enjoys a few drinks down the pub and makes “stupid” decisions, rather than the mastermind of a criminal conspiracy, his lawyer told London’s Central Criminal Court today. Continue reading
Day 85, Part 1: Rebekah Brooks’s husband once drank a pint of washing up liquid, the Old Bailey heard today. In one of the most unexpected anecdotes at the phone hacking trial, Mr Brooks’s friend Sarah Bradstock recalled that one day she had found him “frothing at the mouth”.
Day 84, Part 2: A News International administration assistant helped place a bag belonging to Charlie Brooks into two bin bags and stowed the property under her desk at the newspaper group’s HQ for hours while Mr Brooks’s wife Rebekah was under arrest, a court heard today. Continue reading
Day 81, Part 1: Charlie Brooks today rejected claims that he stayed silent during a police interview so that he could “invent” a story later to explain away why he hid evidence from detectives. Continue reading
Day 80, Part 2: Charlie Brooks was “too sloppy” after drinking red wine to notice that the bags he had hidden from police had not been returned to him as planned, the Old Bailey heard today. Continue reading
Day 80, Part 1: Charlie Brooks told the phone hacking trial today that he hid his bags from police because he was worried that the discovery of his pornography collection could lead to a “Jacqui Smith moment.” Continue reading
Day 79: Rebekah Brooks lived in “paranoia” that she was about to be dawn raided by police and that a picture of her in handcuffs would end up in the papers, her husband Charlie told the phone hacking trial today. Continue reading
Day 41, Part 2: Charlie Brooks may have threatened to sue after an estates manager refused to hand back his missing bags, the Old Bailey heard yesterday. Neil Perkins, a porter at the Chelsea Harbour residential complex, said he thought he heard an irritated Mr Brooks issue the warning on 18 July 2011.