Sun Six Trial: Defence speech, some stories from public officials so trivial jury should acquit – Martin Hickman

16 12 2014

Sun journalist Jamie Pyatt arrives at court in LondonSome stories published by The Sun as a result payments to public officials were so trivial that jurors should acquit the reporter who wrote them, his lawyer said today. Read the rest of this entry »





Sun Six Trial: Defence attacks News International as an unreliable “copper’s nark” – Martin Hickman

15 12 2014

Police News InternationalBritain’s biggest newspaper group fed “misleading” and “incomplete” evidence to detectives about bribery of public officials including supplying barely any documents from its former chief executive Rebekah Brooks, a lawyer for a Sun journalist told the court today. Read the rest of this entry »





Sun Six Trial: The Sun bought everyone who might make an interesting story with “wheelbarrows of cash”, prosecution tells jury – Martin Hickman

15 12 2014

The SunThe Sun bought everyone who might make an interesting story with “wheelbarrows of cash,” including public officials, the Crown’s lead prosecutor told the paper’s corruption trial today. Read the rest of this entry »





Sun Six Trial: A journalist’s belief that they acted in the public interest by paying an official is not a defence, says judge – Martin Hickman

14 12 2014

A picture taken on February 26, 2012 inA journalist’s belief that they acted in the public interest by paying a public official for information does not protect them from the criminal law, a judge said on Friday when giving the jury legal directions in the Sun Six Trial. Read the rest of this entry »





Sun Six Trial: Sun’s former head of news will no longer stand trial for conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office – Martin Hickman

12 12 2014

Sun head of news Chris Pharo arrives at Kingston Crown Court in LondonThe Sun’s head of news, Chris Pharo, will no longer stand trial for a charge of conspiring to commit misconduct in public office involving a prison officer, a jury was told today. Read the rest of this entry »





Sun Six Trial: Reporter did not know he was paying a prison officer, court hears – Martin Hickman

10 12 2014

POLICE Prison 1Sun reporter John Troup did not know he was paying a prison officer for an exclusive story about a prisoner’s death at a Category A jail, a court heard yesterday.

Giving evidence at The Sun Six  trial, Mr Troup agreed with the Crown’s counsel that he had entered into an agreement to pay a tipster for information about the suicide of a hitman at HMP Whitemoor in Cambridgeshire.

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Sun Six Trial: Reporter never wrote story for which he sought £300 cash to pay prison officer, Court hears – Martin Hickman

9 12 2014

John TroupA Sun reporter never wrote a story for which he asked a manager for £300 cash to pay a prison officer, he told a court today. John Troup told The Sun Six Trial that “on the balance of probabilities” he believed his colleague Simon Hughes – who is not on trial – wrote the story about a hanging at HMP Whitemoor.

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Sun Six Trial: Hearing adjourned due to juror illness – Martin Hickman

4 12 2014

Kingston Crown CourtThe trial of Sun journalists accused of making or agreeing illegal payments to police officers and other public officials was adjourned yesterday due to juror illness. Read the rest of this entry »





Sun Six Trial: Making up expenses claims “was a completely common practice” Sun’s former managing editor tells court – Martin Hickman

3 12 2014

DudmanThe Sun’s former managing editor made up his expenses, he told the Sun Six trial yesterday.  Graham Dudman said that when he claimed on his expenses for meals with police contacts he was actually having Chinese takeaways or curries with his family at his home town of Brentwood in Essex. Read the rest of this entry »





Sun Six Trial: Sun Executive in charge of cash for sources did not know how often payments made to public officials – Martin Hickman

2 12 2014

Graham DudmanThe Sun executive in charge of doling out cash to reporters for their sources today said he did not know how often payments were made to public officials. Giving evidence at The Sun Six trial, Mr Dudman told the court that on rare occasions The Sun did pay officials for information but said he did not know how much cash went to them, saying: “I don’t have the paperwork.” Read the rest of this entry »