Hacking Trial Live Tweets – 12 Dec

Thursday 12 December 2013

Summary
The Prosecution Case Continues
Back at the Hacking Trial
Witness – Operation Weeting Detective DC Alan Pritchard
Prosecution Counsel questions DC Alan Pritchard
Witness – Operation Elveden Detective Inspector Kennett
Prosecution Counsel questions DI Kennett
Counsel for Clive Goodman cross examines DI Kennett
Counsel for Andy Coulson cross examines DI Kennett
Witness – Operation Weeting Detective DC Guest
Prosecution Counsel questions DC Guest
Witness – Operation Elveden Detective DS Brian Cook
Prosecution Counsel questions DS Brian Cook
Counsel for Andy Coulson cross examines DS Cook
Ian Edmondson Trial Postponed
Witness – Operation Elveden Detective DC Emberson
Prosecution Counsel questions DC Emberson
Counsel for Andy Coulson cross examines DC Emberson
Witness – Operation Weeting Detective DC Richard Scott
Prosecution Counsel questions DC Richard Scott
Counsel for Andy Coulson cross examines DC Richard Scott
Witness – Sir Michael Peat (Private Secretary to Prince Charles)
Prosecution Counsel questions Sir Michael Peat
Counsel for Clive Goodman cross examines Sir Michael Peat

The Prosecution Case Continues
Back at the Hacking Trial
Back at #hackingtrial after a scary moment of unresponsive iPad (better have a backup eh, @applenws) with DC Pritchard and Goodman emails
Witness – Operation Weeting Detective DC Alan Pritchard
Prosecution Counsel questions DC Alan Pritchard
The jury are shown again the email from Goodman to Coulson about Helen Asprey’s voicemail being “scanned for info”
18/03/05 email from Goodman about Charles; “My man in charge of invite vetting” – Blair accepted. Queen annoyed palace police scoffed nuts
Goodman email now talks about paying £1k for “enormously useful” Green Book.
Another email from Goodman to Coulson from NI server, but not in Harbottle and Lewis hard copy material: 14/05/05 about Green Book.
Reminder a month later “Andy is it OK to pay this guy for this….” Coulson replies to Goodman: “Fine”
Another Goodman email, seen before with Bev Stokes evidence, addressed to Kuttner about “me, you, them, the editor” editing up in jail
Goodman email speaks of another newspaper executive who needs cash payments because of taking on “life altering risks” for being his source
Jury shown again Goodman’s email about his “three protected sources” and “any computer trail” risking imprisonment for all involved
This version of the email is longer and not cut off, and goes on to describe the tax position and another source of Alex Marunchak’s
Goodman replies about looking for “free stories” but then gives a list of credits for recent NOTW Blackadder columns #hackingtrial
Goodman forwards Nicholas email to his sister, Fran Goodman, who is chief sub saying “attempted payback” from “pathetic hack from the 30s”
Edis for the prosecution goes through the different versions of the Nicholas email. and Goodman’s furious response
10/05 Goodman “Alex is talking to… long term police contact (about William pics). We can change things of pics to make them less obvious”
Goodman email claims pics worth £10k. “But story stands alone” William nicknamed “Prince Dynamo” because of fitness for Sandhurst
08/12/05 Email exchange between Goodman and Edmondson just before Harry ‘essay crisis”: about Coulson: “he had full briefing last night”
10/07/05 Goodman sends Wallis and Coulson email about Clarence House being “rattled” and “anxious to be pals Paddy Harverson
10/10/05 Goodman to Coulson and Wallis about Harry essay crisis leads to email: “Just listening to voicemails, need to go through tapes”
Meanwhile, on same day Goodman writes to Edmondson about Harry material “Boss and Neil have it on e”
Edis for the prosecution has been trying to explain to jury the sequence of emails from the Harry story on 10/12/05
Edis shows jury a series of emails about NOTW budgetary considerations 06-07: £26k pa for Goodman contact: more for Mulcaire
Witness – Operation Elveden Detective Inspector Kennett
Prosecution Counsel questions DI Kennett
Prosecution calls DI Kennett over payments to Farish, Anderson and Hall – three of Goodman’s secret sources
Edis explains to jury prosecution do not allege that the cut off emails “were the fault of anyone in this trial… especially Mr Coulson”
Edis shows the jury the NOTW contributor payments to Farish: DI Kennett says the address on NOTW records led the police nowehre
These payments to Farish from 2002-06 tally with the Goodman email requests
Another cash payment Goodman source – Mr Anderson – is connected to Royal stories exclusively
Some of these Anderson stories concern terrorist alerts over a President Bush visits, and Stevens inquiry into Diana death
Now Edis for prosecution goes through stories associated with Farish and payment for “Royal Research Project” £1000k for Green Book
These stories are predominantly to do with Royal Family, but not exclusively: one, for example, concerns Nicole Kidman
One of the Queen’s valuable paintings destroyed when cop fell through it an example of the stories from secret Goodman source
Edis now goes through the third of Goodman’s sources: Farish, Anderson, Hall. DI Kennett says “these people don’t appear to exist”
When it comes to Goodman’s third secret cash paid source Hall, the stories are more media based than Royal Family focused.
There is very little here about palace cops, DI Kennett agrees of Goodman’s third source Hall. The other two were predominantly so
Counsel for Clive Goodman cross examines DI Kennett
DI Kennett is cross examined by David Spens, QC, counsel for Clive Goodman
Spens goes back to 14th May 05 request for payment from Goodman to Coulson for cash payment for Green Book. Authorised early June
Spens notices that there’s no cash payment that tallies in 02/06/05 or soon after: DI Kennett notices £1k cash payment two days earlier
Spens goes back through the ‘Anderson schedule” and asks DI Kennett if he’d spotted this anomaly before. “I will have to double check”
DI Kennett says there is an email that corresponds with the Anderson schedule. The cashier’s copy corresponds with the email.
Spens has analysed the stories from Goodman’s three secret cash paid sources. Since it’s agreed with crown, it is entered as evidence
Spens breaks down the Anderson and Farish stories by subject matter. He also lodges details of the 15 directories recovered from Goodman
DI Kennett agrees details on Goodman; Seven internal directories from Jan 1993 to Feb 2005: Eight Green Books running Aug 1998-Oct 2002
DI Kennett says he’s read Goodman’s police interview from August 2006 he was interviewed about possession of Royal Directories
Spens: “It was quite obvious to interviewing officers he shouldn’t have been in possession of books…. he could have been charged”
DI Kennett says “we didn’t have the emails which put books in context. I’m not sure if I was faced with that I would have charged Mr Goodman
DI Kennett says of failure to charge Goodman on Royal Directories: “emails from 2011 drastically changed the context” #hackingtrial
Spens, counsel for Goodman, goes through his charging and imprisonment: “nothing was done in relation to directories… nearly 5 years later
Goodman wasn’t charged with current offences 23/10/12 “over six years after the books were found”. Charging decisions made by CPS
Spens explains that Goodman is married and has a 8 year old daughter. Apart from 06 hacking convictions, Goodman has no other offences
Spens asks if DI Kennett made inquiries whether the Royal Household was informed of 15 recovered directions: “I wasn’t privy to that”
Spens, counsel for Goodman, asks DI Kennett about Sir Michael Peat‘s contact details
Counsel for Andy Coulson cross examines DI Kennett
Langdale for Coulson, cross examines DI Kennett. “Has anyone checked if stories appeared in other papers?” Kennett says no
Langdale asks if police made any effort in 06/07 to find potential police leak. DI Kennett “I’m unsighted as to what original inquiry did”
DI Kennett explains Farish and Anderson only revealed in June 2011 due to release of NI emails. Clear line of inquiry to look for officers
Langdale asks about security at the Royal Household. DI Kennett says they have made inquiries with the Royal Protection Branch
Andrew Edis, QC, uses re-examination DI Kennett to insert a new page into the jury bundles.
DS Guest is called as a witness for the prosecution, and a new timeline is inserted into the jury bundle (i.e. new evidence in their files)
DI Kennett clarifies that one of the Goodman payment documents was created by a police officer from information provided by MSC
Witness – Operation Weeting Detective DC Guest
Prosecution Counsel questions DC Guest
DC Guest is called back as a prosecution witness on the ‘Alexander timeline’ – Goodman payments to Mulcaire and Coulson communications
The Alexander payment schedule of £12,300 is a police document of payments to Mulcaire from original 2006 investigation into phone hacking
Edis now cross refers Mulcaire payments with emails, NOTW stories and call data of calls with Goodman over a 3 year timeline
Police officer confirms the call data between Goodman and Mulcaire only exists because of 06 Operation Caryatid: “now it would be deleted”
BREAKING: Brooks was TWICE victim of phone hacking – in 2006 during Carytid and again in 2011 under operation Weeting
BREAKING: the tasking of phone hacking of Coulson by Mulcaire is referenced to ‘Ian’
Langdale for Couslon cross examines DC Guest: Coulson hacked in 2005
Langdale asks for more information on regularity of hacks of Coulson. DC Guest will return with more information
Witness – Operation Elveden Detective DS Brian Cook
Prosecution Counsel questions DS Brian Cook
Bryant Heron for the crown calls Brian Cook as a witness
DS Brian Cook is attached to Met Police on professional standards, and currently on operation Elveden.
DS Cook was present at Goodman’s house when it was searched in Nov 2011 and recovered some banking documents
DS Cook analysed Goodman’s bank accounts and has produced an schedule of cash withdrawals, petrol purchase, and NI credits
The Goodman analysed bank statements also have cash deposits to the account the police cannot identify.
Cashpoint withdrawal from Goodman accountt, £10k 2000 £6.4k 01 n/a 02-03 £200 04 £0 05 £3k 06 £7k 07 £5k 08 £4.5k 09 £4.6k 10 half year only
DS Cook also analysed Goodman first direct account: 4 significant credits: 23/03/04 £112k inheritance 24/03/04 £32k no origin 26/04/07 £160k
The last Goodman credit related to sale of house: £84.6k from NI severance in 07
Sums subsequently transferred to other Goodman account for living expenses and payment of bills
Another joint account with Goodman and Stott funded by Lloyds account, and cash or cheque payments in bank
Saunders explains to the jury “this might seem mystifying, but at a certain point the financial matters of Mr Goodman may become relevant”
Counsel for Andy Coulson cross examines DS Cook
Langdale cross examines DS Cook about the cash withdrawals from Goodman’s Lloyd’s TSB account.
Langdale establishes that there were insufficient records for Goodman from 2001-2003.
Langdale establishes there were no cash withdrawals for two years from that Goodman account from 2004-06
Spens, counsel for Goodman, explains his client tried to help the police with the missing data.
Piers Morgan Joked About Phone Hacking With Murdoch Editor http://thebea.st/1bFLx2L via @thedailybeast
An incestuous nest of vipers former media lawyer describes media in email shown to #hackingtrial jury http://thebea.st/1bFLx2L
Ian Edmondson Trial Postponed
BREAKING: former NOTW news editor Ian Edmondson discharged from jury in #hackingtrial for separate trial at a later date
Saunders has read a number of medical reports to say Edmondson is “unfit” and could be for several weeks.
Saunders says “you will not need to consider a verdict in Edmondson’s case”
The removal of Edmondson from this #hackingtrial leaves seven defendants in the dock
Witness – Operation Elveden Detective DC Emberson
Prosecution Counsel questions DC Emberson
DC Emberson is sworn in as a prosecution witness: she has some amended schedules for the judge and jury
DC Emberson has a four page schedule of payments to Goodman informant named as ‘Anderson’ who according to the police ‘never existed’
DC Emberson has assumed a £1000 cash payment was for Royal Directory but be absolutely certain it wasn’t for 5 NOTW Goodman sources
More information imminent on the hacking of Andy Coulson, from DC Guest at the #hackingtrial
Counsel for Andy Coulson cross examines DC Emberson
Langdale for Coulson has been provided with an extract Mulcaire calls to Coulson mobile and unique voicemail numbers
DC Guest says the call data is full history of recorded hacking of Coulson: first 01/02/06 remaining calls to UVN till 25/07/06
Saunders asks about the entry in Mulcaire notebook is 09/11/05 tasked ******: there is another undated entry tasked ‘private’
Witness – Operation Weeting Detective DC Richard Scott
Prosecution Counsel questions DC Richard Scott
Bryant Heron for the prosecution call DC Richard Scott at the #hackingtrial
DC Scott has an amendment to Calum Best timeline.
Calum Best gave evidence over 2 NOTW articles by Rav Singh circa August 2002.
There’s a Mulcaire notebook entry for ‘Rav’ with his phone number, DDM and PIN numbers.
Edmondson removed from Current Hacking Trial http://wp.me/p1YHIt-d2
Counsel for Andy Coulson cross examines DC Richard Scott
Langdale for Coulson asks Weeting detective to look at Calum Best timeline and the ‘Do his phone’ email.
Langdale asks Scott if he was in charge of the research in regards to this Coulson email: Scott says “Yes, I was”
The “Do his phone” line is dated 20/05/06 in response to Calum Best and Lorna Hogan story. Scott researched this on 25/06/12
Langdale emphasises that there is no call data that Calum Best‘s phone was hacked. And he was targeted earlier.
Coulson email 21/04/06 “We still have an appalling lack of kiss and tells…. we are scraping the bottom of the barrel with… calum etc.”
Langdale claims “well known by July of this year that Calum Best was a victim… you accept it was something you should have picked up” Yes
DC Scott says he didn’t use ‘Calum’ as one the 130 other key words on this occasion. But that omission was rectified on 20/11/13
Witness – Sir Michael Peat (Private Secretary to Prince Charles)
Prosecution Counsel questions Sir Michael Peat
Prosecution call Sir Michael Peat as witness: he was the private secretary to Prince Charles
Peat was responsible for the operational aspects of Prince Charles‘ household from 2002-2012
Bryant Heron shows Sir M Peat the Mulcaire entries for him and Deborah Higgins: he confirms his then address
Another Mulcaire note from 24/01/03 has more Peat details and word “affair”: Bryant Heron asks if Peat was involved in an affair
Peat asks “What is the relevance of that question?” Short break for legal argument
Jury is told by Justice Saunders that Sir Michael Peat‘s answer about personal life is not relevant. Bryant Heron has no further questions
Counsel for Clive Goodman cross examines Sir Michael Peat
Cross examined by Spens for Goodman, Peat explains he was an accountant by profession. 23/10/13 was Peat’s first witness statement
Peat wrote out his witness statement: and referred to longstanding practice of staff “selling copies of green book to press (or police)”
BREAKING: Sir Michael Peat says understood there was a “long standing tradition” of selling Green Books to the press ten years ago.
Peat’s submission was made on the basis he warned was “a substantial risk” the book would come into other people’s hands in 90s/noughties
I’m not quite sure what common knowledge is in the Royal Household, says Peat to question whether Green Book loss was common knowledge
Peat tells jury he discussed this matter with immediate superior of previous witness from Chamberlain’s Office
I do wish you’d read the first bit, says Peat of his statement “what I understand to be” a long standing tradition. “Not all the staff”
Of selling Green Books Peat says he added “or police” in brackets as potential sources, because they weren’t staff.
Spens counsel for Goodman asks Peat what he means by “press” – “a generic term”. He first had this understanding first time in nineties
I wouldn’t want to say I was the person who originated this thought, says Peat of Green Book. “Certain information was taken out of it”
I don’t think there was any dramatic change, says Peat. “We might have taken certain people out of the Green Book… only official no’s”
Spens, counsel for Goodman, asks Peat if he acquired a country home before 2002: “I’ve lived in a number of houses,” Peat concedes
Peat asked if “on Saturdays he was in the habit of going for walks” He replies: “I must have gone for a walk on a Saturday, yes.”
Peat is asked whether he called his wife from a public phone box: “I can’t recall making a call from a public phone box for decades”
Peat says he has met Clive Goodman on two or three occasions. Peat heard a tape of a phone call, but can’t remember Goodman calling
Peat became private treasurer to Prince Charles in August 2002: he says “certain sections of the media have used him to sell newspapers.”
Peat says of Charles in 2002: “an attempt was made to improve the service he and his family got from his press office”
Peat agrees he spoke to editors and journalists. He spoke to both Brooks and Coulson at times, perhaps at St James Palace
He can’t remember if Goodman was at a Peat meeting with one of the NOTW. He thinks it “unlikely but not inconceivable” he gave mobile number
As to whether Green Book 2002 page contains his mobile number: “I’m afraid I don’t have a clue,” Peat replies. He recognises landline
10 am tomorrow
Media lawyer decribes British media as “an incestuous nest of vipers”: Ambi Sitham at the Hacking Trial http://wp.me/p1YHIt-cY
The Coulson Calum Best Email: Do His Phone http://wp.me/p1YHIt-d7

Note: All the defendants deny all the charges. The trial continues.

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