When the jury returned Mr Sheridan continued his examination of DCS Williams (you can find a report on the first part of his testimony Here ) Mr Sheridan began by asking if the police had recovered the contract between Greg Mulcaire and the News of the World. The witness said they had, and agreed that Mr Sheridan's contention that the contract was worth £105,000 per annum saying that "sounds like the right amount." Mr Sheridan then asked if the contract had been signed on behalf of the NotW by Greg Miskiw. DCI Williams then turned to Lord Bracadale, the presiding judge, and said "that sounds right" but then added that he had not been told of the questions in advance and had thought he had only been due to testify on "the provenance of the documents we supplied." The witness continued that he was "not properly aware of the questions to give accurate answers." Lord Bracadale advised the witness to "give what answer you can and if you don't know the answer say so"
Mr Sheridan then asked DCS Williams if his inquiry (into phone hacking by a NotW journalist and a Private Investigator) had interviewed Mr Miskiw, the witness replied "we did not." Mr Sheridan asked "you arrested Glen Mulcaire for a criminal act and the person who signed the contract you don't interview?" DCS Williams replied "we did not." Mr Sheridan asked the witness if, after they had arrested Clive Goodman, the Royal Editor of the NotW, the police had asked him who he was responsible too. DCS Williams replied that Mr Goodman had "refused to answer any questions." Mr Sheridan suggested that as the News of the World was a newspaper, the editor would be in charge and asked if the police had interviewed the then editor, and a previous witness in this case, Andrew Coulson. DCS Williams replied that the inquiry had not interviewed Mr Coulson.
Mr Sheridan then asked if DCS Williams knew "how many phones had been hacked" the witness replied "no" Mr Sheridan received the same answer when he asked how many voicemails had been accessed. Mr Sheridan then asked the witness if the police had discovered the names that related to the phone numbers they had found. DCS Williams again turned to the judge, Lord Bracadale, and said "M'lord. I have given answers, I don't see how this is relevant" Lord Bracadale directed the witness to answer. DCS Williams told the court that "the mere presence of a name and address does not mean anything unlawful has gone on." The witness went on to state that "you would expect" that people who worked in the media would have posession of this sort of information and he "could not assume the purpose it's held for is interception." DCS Williams added that this had also been the view of the Crown Prosecution Service when they had reviewed the case last year.
Mr Sheridan then asked DCS Williams who else in the News of the World he had spoken to about their relationship with Glen Mulcaire. The witness told the court he had taken "lengthy legal advice" and had made inquiries to the News of the World for information but was told it could not be provided as "they did not have it." Mr Sheridan asked why DCS Williams had not obtained a "court order" to get information. DCS Williams replied that he had to go through a "process" and as the NotW had cooperated he was "not entitled to get a court order." Mr Sheridan asked the witness if the solicitors for the NotW had been cooperative, DCS Williams replied he had "no reason to think otherwise" and again turned to Lord Bracadale saying, M'lud I fail to see what this has to do with this prosecution."
Mr Sheridan then brought into evidence a report by a House of Commons Select Committee into the "phone hacking" issue, and asked the witness to read part of it to the court. This was evidence given to that committee that the NotW's solicitors had "been robust" about giving out information and that the police inquiry had "been left in isolation, literally,with not enough evidence to pursue" Asked by Mr Sheridan that this appeared to show that the NotW's lawyers had not been cooperating DCS Williams replied that he had asked questions and been told that no such documents existed. The witness added that he had "no reason to doubt the solicitors" and had been advised by a Queens Council and the Crown Prosecution Service and had then used the process they had advised. Mr Sheridan asked if the police had discovered any transcripts of intercepted voicemails but as this point Lord Bracadale intervened ruling that this was a "collateral" matter and not admissible as evidence.
Mr Sheridan then produced a document, which the court has been told was siezed in a police raid on the house of Glen Mulcaire. DCS Williams identified it as being extracts from two different notebooks that were found in a bag in Mr Mulcaire's shed during a police search of his property. The notebooks contain Mr Sheridan's name, address, mobile telephone number and what appear to be PIN codes. Mr Sheridan asked the witness about a name, written in the corner and asked if this could be "Greg." The witness agreed that it could. Mr Sheridan asked again if the police had investigated the possibility that this referred to Greg Miskiw, The witness said he had not and again insisted he had went as far in "pursuing" the News of the World as the law allowed.
DCS Williams told the court that the investigation had found "no evidence of a conspiracy at the News of the World." Mr Sheridan then put it to the witness that he had hardly "pursued the News of the World" as the police had "not even interviewed Greg Miskiw."
DCS Williams answered Mr Sheridan by stating that it was his "belief that I would have no legal basis to arrest or interview" Mr Miskiw. Mr Sheridan asked the witness if he had treated the News of the World with "Kid Gloves" because the police were on "friendly terms with them. DCS Williams replied "that is not the case."
Mr Sheridan concluded his evidence in chief by stating that as a member of the Scottish parliament he should have been informed there was a possibility his phone had been "hacked" and put it to the witness that "you did nothing to alert me." Mr Sheridan then returned to the dock. The Advocate Depute, Alex Prentice QC. asked only one question in cross-examination, if there was any truth in the Defence suggestion that the police and the NotW were on "friendly terms." DCS Williams stated that he had no relationship with the News of the World and had "pushed the law as far as I could go."
Mr Sheridan re-examined and asked DCS Williams is he was aware that Andy Hayden, the former Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations, was now "working for News International" the witness said he had become aware of that when he saw Mr Hayden's name in the Times.
With that the witness was excused and court rose for the day.