Friday, November 26, 2010
Friday Morning Update
The sole witness this morning has been Douglas Wight, a journalist from the News of the World who was News Editor of the Scottish edition until 2006, and a key figure in the newspaper's coverage of the Fiona McGuire and Moat House hotel stories. Mr Wight has testified on his relationship with Fiona McGuire, including denying a suggestion from the defence that she attempted to "do a bunk" to New Zealand before the 2006 libel case. He has also told the court about his involvement in an apparent attempt by Ms McGuire to take an overdose of medicine in a Glasgow hotel
Mr Wight has also been asked about his relationship with Steve Whitamore, a private investigator who was later convicted of illegally breaching police databases on behalf of newspapers, including the News of the World. Mr Wight has admitted using the services of Mr Whitamore but denied that this was for anything illegal or that he was, according to the defence, third on a "league table" of journalists using his services.
The court has now risen for lunch with Mr Wight due to continue to give evidence this afternoon.
Full report to follow.
Posted by James Doleman at 1:29 PM