Sun Four Trial: Leaks led to Sandhurst security being “stepped up”, court told

28 01 2015

SandhurstA former army officer testified yesterday that information about the Royal Princes published in The Sun was “very worrying” and led to a “stepping up of security”. Giving evidence in London’s Old Bailey Colonel Roy Parkinson a former staff officer at Sandhurst said that “attempted and successful intrusions” by the media when Prince William and Prince Harry were cadets led to “security having to be beefed up for everyone”. Read the rest of this entry »

Sun Four Trial: Defence barrister warned over “political comment”

14 01 2015

Fergus ShanahanThe defence counsel for the former deputy editor of The Sun was warned about making “political” comments in court. The presiding judge, Mr Justice Saunders was responding to a remark about cuts in the royal navy made by Vincent Coughlin QC “not being exclusive to anyone”, and reminded the barrister not to express such opinions “especially with a general election coming up”. Read the rest of this entry »

News: A former public official jailed for three and half years, NoW journalist electronically tagged

13 12 2014

Old-Bailey1080A former public official has been jailed for three and a half years for misconduct in a public office while a former News of the World journalist is to wear a tag over payments for stories about a convicted child murderer. Read the rest of this entry »

HMRC Leak Trial: News International Accountant questioned in court over alleged illegal payments

10 11 2014

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????News International denied police requests to access financial data during investigations into allegations of illegal payments to a civil servant the Old Bailey jury at the “HMRC Leak Trial” was told today. Read the rest of this entry »

Phone Hacking Trial and Social Media: Reports and Resources

4 12 2013

Phone-hacking trial defendantsThe Old Bailey “phone hacking” trial of eight defendants on seven charges is about to begin its sixth week.  It involves issues of great public importance concerning the press.  The trial has been well covered in a number of newspapers but the most striking feature of the first five weeks has been the coverage on social media.  This has become the first great trial of the social media era. Read the rest of this entry »

Phone Hacking Trial: Andy Coulson to take the stand – Martin Hickman

5 11 2013

Andy CoulsonDay 6: Andy Coulson will take the witness stand to clear his name, his barrister told the hacking trial yesterday. At the end of the prosecution’s three-day opening statement, Timothy Langdale, QC, told the jury that they had heard “only one side of the story.” Read the rest of this entry »

Phone Hacking Trial: NI security guards ‘used war film codewords’ during covert operation to hide evidence – Martin Hickman

4 11 2013

where-eagles-dareDay 6: Security guards working for News International used codewords from war films and the Cold War during a covert operation to hide evidence from the police, the Old Bailey heard today. Read the rest of this entry »

Phone Hacking Trial: Brooks offered Goodman a job after phone hacking conviction, court told – Martin Hickman

1 11 2013

Clive GoodmanRebekah Brooks responded to the imprisonment of the News of the World’s royal editor Clive Goodman by offering him a job, the prosecution at the phone hacking trial revealed today. Shortly after Mr Goodman came out of jail for plotting to hack the phones of royal aides, Mrs Brooks’s expenses records showed that she invited him for lunch at a private member’s club in London’s Pall Mall on 13 April 2007. Read the rest of this entry »

Phone Hacking Trial Report: Coulson cleared payments to police for Queen’s private phone book, jury hears – Martin Hickman

1 11 2013

Clive-GoodmanAndy Coulson approved two corrupt payments to “palace cops” despite being warned by one of his reporters that he risked criminal charges, the phone hacking trial heard today.  Read the rest of this entry »

Phone Hacking Trial Report: Coulson-Brooks affair assists Crown’s conspiracy claim – Martin Hickman

31 10 2013

Coulson BrooksThe News of the World ordered the hacking of Milly Dowler’s phone on the same day it sympathised with her distraught parents’ anguish, the phone hacking trial heard today. Milly went missing near her home in Walton on Thames, Surrey, in March 2002, sparking a large public police investigation and a parallel, covert one at the News of the World, the Old Bailey was told. Read the rest of this entry »