Wednesday, January 5, 2011
The News of the World and "Phone Hacking"
With today's news that a senior News of the World executive has been suspended following an allegation of "phone hacking" (see Here ) I've had a few emails asking me about the evidence presented during the Tommy Sheridan trial on that issue. Regular readers will be aware that the issue of the possible illegal interception of voicemail messages played a large role in the defence case, with four witnesses being questioned about it. Rather than people having to search through the site for that evidence we have decided to create a single post on that subject.
The first witness to be asked about the issue was Bob Bird, the Scottish editor of the News of the World. The relevant part of his testimony is from around paragraph five in This Report This was the first time the court was shown a document containing Mr Sheridan's personal and telephone details that was later confirmed to have been siezed after a police raid on the home of Glen Mulcaire, a private invesigator who later pleaded guilty, along with the News of the World's then royal editor Clive Goodman, of illegally accessing the voicemail of a member of the Royal Household. Mr Bird denied any knowledge of how Mr Sheridan's details came to be in Mr Mulcaire's notebook
The next witness questioned about alleged "phone hacking" at the News of the World was Douglas Wight , a journalist at the newspaper. A report on that section of Mr Wight's evidence can be found Here.
There was also lengthy testimony from Andrew Coulson, News of the World editor between 2003 until 2007, and now communications director at 10 Downing Street. Mr Coulson's testimony was the subject of three reports which can be found Here, Here, and Here
Finally the court heard from Detective Chief Superintendent Phill Williams of the Metropolitan police and the Officer in charge of "Operation Caryatid" the investigation that led to the conviction of Mr Mulcaire and Mr Goodman. DCS Williams was questioned in great detail by Mr Sheridan, who was conducting his own defence, on the police investigation. Reports on that can be found Here and Here
The defence also called Glen Mulcaire as a witness, Mr Mulcaire's solicitors sent a medical certificate to court which stated he was unfit to testify due to "depression" the jury therefore did not hear his evidence.
I hope readers find the above links useful, if anyone has any further queries please leave a comment or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by James Doleman at 8:24 PM