Breaking News

An index of all my ( rightly or wrongly) deemed BREAKING news tweets from the trial so far – compiled by Jon. Click on a trial date for the full Live twitter feed for that day.

All the defandants deny all the charges and the trial continues.

Wednesday 30 October 2013

The Prosecution Opening Statement
Guilty Pleas
BREAKING: Edis: “Mr Mulcaire has also pleaded guilty this year in these proceedings to three counts of phone hacking..”
BREAKING: Miskiw, Thurlbeck, Weatherup – News Editors have all pleaded guilty to count one ” #hackingtrial

Thursday 31 October 2013

The Prosecution Opening Statement continues
Brooks and Coulson Affair
BREAKING: “BROOKS AND COULSON having an affair that had been lasting at six years”
David Blunkett records conversation with Coulson
Edis: BREAKING: “Recordings of Blunkett revealed by tapes in the safe of the News International Laywer”

Friday 1 November 2013

The Prosecution Opening Statement continues
Prosecution Counsel presents evidence for Count 2 – Misconduct
BREAKING: Edis quotes 03 Goodman email to Coulson “if discovered selling stuff they end up on criminal charges, so do we.” #hackingtrial
Prosecution Counsel presents evidence for Count 3 – Misconduct
BREAKING: Goodman “any other source or audit trail.., could put them and me in prison.”
Prosecution Counsel presents evidence for Count 5 – Misconduct
The four tweets I marked BREAKING: 1/Four Guilty Pleas 2/Brooks Coulson affair 3/Tapes in NI Lawyers safe 4/Goodman emails to Coulson

Monday 4 November 2013

The Prosecution Opening Statement continues
Planning the Sun on Sunday
“I am ring fenced properly… if we don’t launch the Sun on Sunday this weekend…” BREAKING: 8th July 2011 SUN ON SUNDAY already planned
Where Eagles Dare
BREAKING: I’ve been told we can live tweet from day to day now, depending on evidence. #hackingtrial
Timeline – Milly Dowler
Giving evidence – Operation Weeting Detective Sergeant Gregory Smith
BREAKING: Rebekah Brooks‘ Hollywood Cover-Up Code via @thedailybeast

Thursday 7 November 2013

Timeline – David Blunkett
Giving evidence – Operation Weeting Detective DC Hargreaves
BREAKING: NI Lawyer had copy of birth certificate of Kimberley Quinn‘s child in his safe

Monday 11 November 2013

Timeline – David Blunkett and Kimberley Quinn
Further Prosecution evidence
BREAKING: Max Clifford recorded the voice mail messages left by Blunkett on Sally Anderson’s voicemail and showed to Sunday People

Tuesday 12 November 2013

Timeline – Lord Prescott
Trial interrupted by Harry Nilsson’s “Everyone’s Talking at Me”
BREAKING: Log in details for Associated Press computer system and IT support line for Mail on Sunday in Mulcaire’s notes
Timeline – Sir Paul McCartney
Giving evidence – Operation Weeting Detective DC Hargreaves
BREAKING: email shows Greg Miskiw writing to Sun journalist about Heather Mills phone ‘not being used’ and ‘nothing new’

Wednesday 13 November 2013

Timeline – Jude Law, Sienna Miller and Jade Schmidt
Giving evidence – Operation Weeting Detective DC Hargreaves
BREAKING: Evidence in court suggests NI hacking friend of Sienna Miller a year after Mulcaire arrested and convicted for phone hacking
Timeline – Helen Asprey (aide to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge)
Giving evidence – Operation Weeting Detective DC Scott
BREAKING: Goodman emailed Coulson about P Harry’s health with “scanned from Asprey” (Royal Aide) NOTW article on medical problems next day

Wednesday 20 November 2013

Witness – Frances Carmen (former News desk secretary at the NOTW)
Counsel for Ian Edmondson cross examines Frances Carmen
BREAKING: 19/02/05 email to Kuttner, Coulson and Wallis says 2k payments to Mulcaire “has to stop… spoken about tis a million times”

Thursday 21 November 2013

Witness – Beverley Stokes
Counsel for Andy Coulson cross examines Beverley Stokes
BREAKING: Goodman email to Managing Editor PA about cash to officials says we “could all end up in jail if anyone traced their payments:
BREAKING: Another email 21/01/06 from Goodman “Mr Farish…. because of his extremely sensitive job. Curtains for him and us…”
Witness – Operation Weeting Detective DC Andrea Fletcher
Prosecution Counsel questions DC Andrea Fletcher
BREAKING: Lewis writes back to Charlie Brooks: “Bryant is clearly making stuff up… He, other MPs, Panorama… attempt to target Rebekah”

Monday 25 November 2013

Witness – Fiona Makin (former PA to Stuart Kuttner)
Prosecution Counsel questions Fiona Makin
BREAKING: Makin from NOTW Managing Editors is shown a Euro Research contract for 92k Mulcaire’s company. She says: “I knew them by name.”
Evidence on Andy Coulson
Clive Goodman recorded conversation with Andy Coulson
BREAKING: Coulson taped by Goodman from November 06 between arrest and guilty plea
Timeline – Eimear Cook (wife of golfer Colin Montgomery)
Prosecution Counsel questions Eimear Cook
BREAKING: Eimear Cook had a conversation with Rebekah Brooks about ease of voicemail hacking in Nov 2004
BREAKING: Cook alleges Brooks was talking about McCartney Mills argument in terms of ‘not having secure voicemail”
Counsel for Rebekah Brooks cross examines Eimear Cook
BREAKING: Eimear Cook says Daily Mail piece by Kay and Minsky which gave the impression she was talking to them: “Completely untrue”

Tuesday 26 November 2013

Witness – Dom Loehnis (friend of David Cameron)
Prosecution Counsel questions Dom Loehnis
BREAKING: Prosecution calls Dom Loehnis about a party he attended on a Saturday night 2010 at Chequers for David Cameron’s 40th Birthday
BREAKING: Brooks told Cameron friend didn’t think Coulson could survive phone hacking scandal back in 2010
Witness – Operation Weeting Detective DC Scott
Prosecution Counsel questions DC Scott
BREAKING: Crone email to Coulson says Brooks knew over 100 victims of phone hacking in 2006

Thursday 28 November 2013

Prosecution Evidence on Glen Mulcaire
24 Hacking calls in one day
BREAKING: on one day in 2006 News International landline made 24 hacking calls to Royal Aides and rival journalists
Neil Wallis phone Hacked
BREAKING: 18th of May 2006: calls to UVN of Neil Wallis – deputy editor of News of the World was hacked from News International landline

Thursday 5 December 2013

Witness – Operation Elveden Detective DC Briddon
Prosecution Counsel questions DC Briddon
BREAKING: payments to Bettina Jordan-Barber from Sun employee “please delete this email after”

Monday 9 December 2013

Witness – Operation Elveden Detective DC Briddon
Prosecution Counsel questions DC Briddon
BREAKING: Sun journalist to Brooks email on cash payments: “I’d like to keep this secret as the source is a serving police officer”

Tuesday 10 December 2013

Witness – Jonathan Spencer (Deputy Controller of Lord Chamberlain’s office)
Counsel for Clive Goodman cross examines Jonathan Spencer
BREAKING: Royal Chamberlain wasn’t told by police that Royal directories were found in Goodman’s house until 2012 2006 – six years later.
Witness – Gregory Gillhan (Retired Police Officer)
Counsel for Clive Goodman cross examines
My previous BREAKING: on 6 year long failure to inform Palace tha Goodman had Royal Directories

Wednesday 11 December 2013

Witness – Operation Weeting Detective DC Alan Pritchard
Prosecution Counsel questions DC Alan Pritchard
BREAKING: “Long term. Sir Michael Peat has a mistress. Turning his mobile” Goodman email to Coulson in Jan 03
Further Prosecution questions to DC Alan Pritchard
BREAKING: Crone on Goodman “has to make clear… he’s not the guiding light behind everything GM did at NOTW over the years”
BREAKING: Coulson email to Crone: “You say Mulcaire started working for us in 2000, I thought it went back further than that.
BREAKING: Goodman to Coulson in Dec 06 on Prince Harry “Just finished the calls. Just need to go through tapes… will email you and Neil”
Witness – Ambi Sitham
Prosecution Counsel questions Ambi Sitham via Video Link
BREAKING: Sitham claims Brooks and Morgan, then top tabloid editors, were very busy trying to finish off last details of front page splashes
BREAKING: Sitham claims Morgan said to Brooks “I know what your splash is because I’ve been listening to your messages”
BREAKING: Brooks responded to Morgan: “Been hacking into my phone again have you, Piers?”

Thursday 12 December 2013

Witness – Operation Weeting Detective DC Guest
Prosecution Counsel questions DC Guest
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’
Witness – Operation Elveden Detective DS Brian Cook
Ian Edmondson Trial Postponed
BREAKING: former NOTW news editor Ian Edmondson discharged from jury in #hackingtrial for separate trial at a later date
Witness – Sir Michael Peat (Private Secretary to Prince Charles)
Counsel for Clive Goodman cross examines Sir Michael Peat
BREAKING: Sir Michael Peat says understood there was a “long standing tradition” of selling Green Books to the press ten years ago.

Friday 13 December 2013

Witness – Operation Weeting Detective DC Massey
Counsel for Andy Coulson cross examines DC Massey
BREAKING: Langdale, for Coulson, claims the “Do his phone” email about Calum Best is a request for billing info about Rav Singh’s phone
Witness – Operation Weeting Detective DC Guest
Counsel for Rebekah Brooks refers to Nick Brown Christmas Card
BREAKING: Jury shown prejudicial Christmas Card by Laidlaw: Saunders: “I’m well aware this could increase the circulation of this…”

Tuesday 17 December 2013

Prosecution Evidence on Stuart Kuttner
Third Stuart Kuttner Police Interview
BREAKING: first Goodman mention of codename for Mulcaire – Matey – in email to Phil Hall in 1998
BREAKING: Kuttner asked about such high value Mulcaire contract in 2002 “I would expect his was approved by then editor”

Thursday 19 December 2013

Prosecution Evidence on Royal Voicemails
Kate Middleton Phone Hacked
BREAKING: Kate Middleton hacked. “Hi baby it’s me” says Prince William in voice mail read in hackingtrial
BREAKING: Prince William message to Middleton talks of being nearly shot in army exercise
BREAKING: another Prince William voice message found in Mulcaire’s address: heavily redacted
Prince Harry’s Phone Hacked
BREAKING: Prince Harry‘s phone also hacked. False male voice claiming to be Chelsy
BREAKING: Prince William joke “Chelsy” voicemail left on Prince Harry‘s phone read out in #hackingtrial

Monday 6 January 2014

Witness – Nick Mays (Archivist at New International)
Counsel for Cheryl Carter cross examines Nick Mays
BREAKING: NI archivist says that lawyers and police did nothing to protect or preserve Brooks archives even after her arrest

Wednesday 8 January 2014

Prosecution Case continues with Evidence on Cheryl Carter
Giving Evidence – Operation Sasha Detective DS John Massey
BREAKING: Carter says Brooks organised job as a secretary on Perth Sunday Times: “She spoke to John Hart… I’m going to be on £30k a year”

Monday 13 January 2014

Witness – DS John Massey (Operation Sasha Detective)
Counsel for Cheryl Carter cross examines DS Massey
BREAKING: police were told by NI’s Management and Standards Committee Carter removed 7 boxes from archives – base of charge 6 #hackingtrial

Tuesday 14 January 2014

Witness – William Geddes (MD of ICP – International Corporate Protection)
Counsel for Mark Hanna cross examines William Geddes
BREAKING: Security operatives called the missing returned Brooks bag ‘Pizzagate” Text: “can you talk ref Pizzagate”: Geddes confirms

Wednesday 15 January 2014

Witness – Fernando Nascimento (Cleaner at Chelsea Harbour)
Counsel for Charlie Brooks cross examines Fernando Nascimento
BREAKING: Lesbian Lovers was the magazine hidden the Jiffy Bag according to Counsel for Charlie Brooks

Monday 20 January 2014

Witness – Robert Hernandez (Concierge at News International HQ in Wapping)
Prosecution Counsel questions Robert Hernandez
BREAKING: security guard says Mark Hanna, head of Security, “dug a hole in the ground and burnt stuff” during NOTW closure
Witness – Sgt Robert McDonald (Attended Chelsea Harbour after Bin Bag find)
Prosecution Counsel questions Sgt McDonald
BREAKING: A list of DVDS with various porn titles from Charlie Brook’s bag briefly shown – before journos could write them down
Witness – DC Alan Pritchard (Operation Weeting Detective)
Counsel for Mark Hanna cross examines DC Alan Pritchard
BREAKING: forensics expert identified several prints from NI head of security Mark Hanna on bin bags recovered from Brooks’ apartment

Thursday 23 January 2014

Witness – Superintendent Mark Mitchell (Senior Investigating Officer Operation Kilo)
Prosecution Counsel questions Superintendent Mitchell
BREAKING: complaint by Coulson’s solicitors about leak of his arrest to the Guardian led to police anti corruption operation Kilo
Witness – DC Nunn (Operation Kilo detective)
Counsel for Charlie Brooks cross examines DC Nunn
BREAKING: Rebekah Brooks asked Times Editor James Harding to ask Crime Correspondent Sean O’Neil source for Milly Dowler story 05/07/11
Witness – DS Hayley Broom (Operation Sasha Detective)
Counsel for Rebekah Brooks cross examines DS Hayley Broom
BREAKING: Rebekah Brooks‘ Labour’s Lost it editorial for draft approval by James Murdoch shown to #hackingtrial jury

Friday 24 January 2014

Witness – DC Philip Stead (Operation Weeting Detective)
Prosecution Counsel questions DC Stead
BREAKING: data from Apple and News International confirms a phone called ‘Rebekah iphone’ in 2011 has never been recovered by policee
BREAKING: police have also not recovered an iPad 2 called ‘Rebekah’s ipad’ at her Oxfordshire home around June 2011
BREAKING: As well as iPhone and iPad Police have not recovered a Blackberry registered to Rebekah Brooks from June to September 2011
BREAKING: TWO iPads, two or three iPhones, 3 Blackberrys, and one HTC registered to Rebekah Brooks in 2011 never recovered by police

Monday 27 January 2014

Witness – Jude Law
Prosecution Counsel questions Jude Law
BREAKING: Back at the #hackingtrial Anthony Edis QC, counsel for the prosecution, calls Jude Law as his first witness on Count One.
BREAKING: US hacking: “One of the numbers that appeared on the notes was an agent… and several other numbers I’d been loaned,” says Law
A member of Jude Law’s family sold stories to the News of the World
BREAKING: Jude Law learns in court for the first time a close family member received money for selling stories to NOTW.
Witness – Dan Evans (Former Sunday Mirror and News of the World Journalist)
Dan Evans name is added to Count 1
BREAKING: Back at the #hackingtrial after break. Anthony Edis QC adds a new name to the Count One Conspiracy – Dan Evans
BREAKING: Andrew Edis QC for the crown calls Dan Evans, former NOTW journalist, as a witness
Dan Evans has pleaded guilty to four counts
BREAKING: 10th September last year Dan Evans pleaded guilty to four counts of phone hacking.
BREAKING: Count 2 Dan Evans pleaded Guilty to phone hacking 2004-10 at News of the World
BREAKING: 2008-10 Dan Evan pleaded guilty to misconduct in public office
BREAKING: Count 4 Dan Evans pleaded guilty to making a false witness statement as a defendant in civil proceedings by Kelley Hoppen
BREAKING: 29/08/12 Dan Evans entered in written agreement with the CPS and made first witness statement: made two subsequent statements
Prosecution Counsel questions Dan Evans
BREAKING: “What sort of work did you do at Sunday Mirror?” DAN EVANS “I was a news reporter… and latterly hacking people’s voice mails
BREAKING: Evans given a list of famous people & told by Senior Sunday Mirror exec “this is your job, you have to hack and crack the numbers”
Dan Evans meets Andy Coulson
BREAKING: Dan Evans claims he told Andy Coulson all about his voicemail hacking skills at breakfast meeting.
BREAKING: “I can get you big exclusive stories cheaply,” Dan Evans tells court about meeting with Coulson and his phone hacking skills.
BREAKING: email from NOTW journalist to Dan Evans on first day of work lists names, numbers and targets “I’ll file over stuff later”
Dan Evans given list of Phone Hacking tragets
BREAKING: Dan Evans says that between 05 and arrest of Mulcaire he would hack phones ‘most days” at NOTW
BREAKING: Dan Evans said he hacked “100 people” at NOTW and went back to their voicemails “thousands of times”
BREAKING: Dan Evans said NOTW had a budget for “inquiry agent” TDI – trace direct international (ELI) – a couple of grand a week on nos
BREAKING: “Pretty anything private” Dan Evans tells #hackingtrial could be got by ‘inquiry’ agents hired at £2k a week by NOTW

Tuesday 28 January 2014

Witness – Dan Evans (Former Sunday Mirror and News of the World Journalist)
Evans goes back to Phone Hacking
BREAKING: Evans also annotated the long list of hacking targets – 26 pages long – given to him by another NOTW journo.
Evans hacks Daniel Craig’s phone
BREAKING: Dan Evans hacked Daniel Craig‘s voicemail: “Hi it’s me. Can’t speak. I’m with Jude at Grouchos.” Identified Sienna Miller
Evans says he told Andy Coulson about Daniel Craig hacking
BREAKING: Evans played Andy Coulson tape of voicemail hacking of D Craig. “Andy came over… wanted to hear the tape… XXXX was around…”
BREAKING: Dan Evans claims Andy Coulson directly told him to make Daniel Craig tape look like it was delivered anonymously
Daniel Craig story Breaks
BREAKING: 25/10/05 on failed attempt to hack Rolf Harris and all his details. “Editor loved the idea of turning him over”
Dan Evans is caught Hacking
BREAKING: Dan Evans was never sacked for phone hacking, paid salary, and was only made redundant in 2011 when NOTW closed

Wednesday 29 January 2014

The Prosecution Case Continues
Civil Proceedings against Dan Evans for the Hacking of Kelly Hoppen
BREAKING: Dan Evans alleges his false statement about sticky keys and hacking Kelly Hoppen was first inserted by News Int lawyers

Thursday 30 January 2014

The Prosecution Case Continues
Dan Evans changes testimony on Sienna Miller
BREAKING: Dan Evans changes his testimony over the tearful voicemail on Kelly Hoppen’s phone: may be Sienna Miller‘s sister not her
Coulson questions being in office when Evans plays tape
BREAKING: “Mr Coulson wasn’t in the office that day… wasn’t even in London that day,” Langdale says of talking to Coulson.

Friday 31 January 2014

The Prosecution Case Continues
Evans asked about use of drugs
BREAKING: Evan’s reveals he hacked Kate Moss’s phone at Sunday Mirror and a message declaring love left by Daniel Craig.
BREAKING: “This was a tabloid way of life, part of our culture at the paper,” Evans says of “fiddling his expenses” on Daniel Craig story
Witness – Sienna Miller
Counsel for the Prosecution questions Sienna Miller
BREAKING: Sienna Miller appears at the #hackingtrial via video link from New Orleans.

Tuesday 4 February 2014

Witness – DS James Guest (Operation Weeting Detective)
Prosecution Counsel questions DS Guest
BREAKING: via @martin_hickman: News International journalists and Glenn Mulcaire made 6,813 hacking calls to voicemails from 05/04 to 08/06
The Judge outlines the expected timeframe of the Trial ahead to the Jury
BREAKING: #hackingtrial prosecution case due to finish tomorrow. Jury likely to be considering verdict in Mid May
Prosecution Evidence on News of the World Budgets
More Prosecution documents presented to the Jury
BREAKING: jury hears Brooks tried to strike a deal for £200K with Max Clifford around time of his civil litigation.
Witness – DS James Guest (Operation Weeting Detective)
Prosecution Counsel has more questions for DS Guest
BREAKING: no evidence say police that Mulcaire engaged in any of the activities of a normal PI or inquiry agent

Wednesday 5 February 2014

The Last Items of the Prosecution Case
Agreed facts on archived and deleted emails
BREAKING: admissions at #hackingtrial show that the hard drive of Rebekah Brooks computer destroyed in June 2011
Further Admissions
BREAKING: Bettina Jordan Barber has already entered a plea she had committed misconduct in office
Late BREAKING: news; final numbers show Rebekah Brooks was hacked 44 times by Glenn Mulcaire and Andy Coulson 21

Wednesday 19 February 2014

Rebekah Brooks email on Tony Blair offer of advise
Tony Blair offers to be unofficial advisor
BREAKING: email from Brooks to James Murdoch on 11/07/11 claims Tony Blair offered to help over phone hacking scandal day after NOTW closed
BREAKING: Brooks email alleges Blair told her to set up a “Hutton Style report”
BREAKING: Blair offered to be unofficial advisor to Brooks and Rupert Murdoch over phone hacking scandal according to email on 11/07/11
BREAKING: Previously on that Brooks email she’d written to J Murdoch about NOTW last sales. He’d replied “What are you doing on email?”

Thursday 20 February 2014

The Defence of Rebekah Brooks Begins
Jury directed to find Rebekah Brooks Not Guilty on Count 4
BREAKING: Justice Saunders tells the #hackingtrial jury that Brooks has no case to answer on charge 4
BREAKING: jury find Brooks not guilty of one misconduct charge. Four more charges remain.
Witness – Defendant Rebekah Brooks
Rebekah Brooks questioned on her upbringing and past career
BREAKING: Brooks enters the witness box at the #hackingtrial and is sworn in
Rebekah Brooks as Editor of the News of the World
Rebekah Brooks appointed Editor of the News of the World
BREAKING: Brooks says neither Mulcaire nor phone hacking was ever brought to her attention during editorship of NOTW.

Friday 21 February 2014

Rebekah Brooks Defence Continues on Financial Management
More detail on Glenn Mulcaire contract
BREAKING: Rebekah Brooks says Glenn Mulcaire freelance contract by Greg Miskiw should have been brought to her attention but wasn’t
Rebekah Brooks asked about her Relationships
Brooks relationship with Andy Coulson
BREAKING: Brooks says she didn’t have a six year affair with Coulson; “It’s not true..”
Rebekah Brooks asked about the Countess of Wessex
Fake Sheikh Operation
BREAKING: Brooks claims she got an interview with Countess of Essex by NOT running a NOTW story about her business partner.

Tuesday 25 February 2014

Rebekah Brooks question on the use of Mobile Phones and Hacking
Aware of voicemail hacking
BREAKING: Brooks says she was never asked to sanction phone hacking as part of an investigation.
Rebekah Brooks question on the Hacking of Milly Dowlers Phone
Shocked at the hacking of Milly Dowlers phone
BREAKING: Brooks says she knew nothing of the NOTW hacking of Milly Dowler‘s phone until “4th July 2011 at 4 O’Clock”
Mention of Voicemails removed from Milly Dowler article
BREAKING: Brooks says she had no part to play in any of the changes to the Dowler story which omitted references to voicemails

Wednesday 26 February 2014

Rebekah Brooks Defence Continues on Count 1 – Phone Hacking
David Blunkett story
BREAKING: Brooks says “absolutely” did not know of the hacking of Blunkett’s voicemails
BREAKING: Brooks says she named Kimberley Quinn as Blunkett’s lover at Sun through a “brief check of cuttings… gossipy items”
Rebekah Brooks questioned on Arrests of Goodman and Mulcaire
Brooks reaction to the arrest of Clive Goodman
BREAKING: Brooks says she didn’t know Mulcaire was employed by NOTW “for a long time” until an internal investigation after his arrest
Brooks Phone Hacked
BREAKING: Brooks says her reaction to being hacking “I was pretty shocked… certainly surprised. I had a personal PIN code”
Brooks meeting with Clive Goodman after Prison release
BREAKING: Brooks says the idea of offering Clive Goodman a job post release from jail came from both her and Les Hinton.
BREAKING: Brooks says she thinks Goodman was alleging “pretty much everybody” was involving in phone hacking at NOTW

Thursday 27 February 2014

Count 5 – Conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office
Brooks questioned on illegal payments to MOD officials
BREAKING: Brooks tells jury at #hackingtrial she did not know name of MOD source paid for Sun stories or that she was public official
Payments to Public Officials
BREAKING: Brooks says she understood only “an overwhelming public interest” can justify a public official being paid for information
BREAKING: Brooks confirms she has paid public officials for info relating to their work from “half a dozen” occasions.
BREAKING: Brooks says payments to MOD official from the Sun “should have been brought to my attention… so I could take responsibility”
Payments to MOD Offocials
BREAKING: Brooks says “we never received one complaint” from MOD or anyone in military about source of stories

Friday 28 February 2014

Rebekah Brooks Defence Continues on Count 5 – Illegal Payments
Justice Saunders explains tiring nature of giving evidence
BREAKING: hacking trial will finish at lunchtime because Rebekah Brooks is exhausted after 6 days in witness box
Rebekah Brooks questioned on more examples of paying Public Officials
Payment for picture of Cop Killer
BREAKING: Brooks explains the two occasions she authorised or contemplated paying a public official.

Monday 3 March 2014

Rebekah Brooks Defence covers more evidence on Count 1 – Hacking
Gordon Taylor’s Civil Action
BREAKING: Brooks says she didn’t hear of the Gordon Taylor phone hacking suit the day before it appeared in the Guardian.
Mulcaire Legal Order to name other Victims
BREAKING: email in 2010 confirms News International “underwrote” Mulcaire funded his legal costs opposing disclosure of hacking at NOTW.
Rebekah Brooks Defence moves onto Count 5 and 6 – Concealing Evidence
Brooks question on Email Deletion
BREAKING: Brooks says she wasn’t aware he emails were not being archived centrally after 2005
Offices Swept
BREAKING: Brooks says a person in the Labour Party found a sympathetic NI journalist to leak stories about phone hacking in 2011.
Arrests and Desk Clearing
BREAKING: Brooks told she could be arrested on conference call in April 2011.

Tuesday 4 March 2014

Rebekah Brooks Defence continues
Brooks questioned by her Counsel Jonathan Laidlaw QC
BREAKING: Blair emails Brooks “Let me know if there’s anything I can help you with. Thinking of you” Brooks “GB pals getting their own back”
BREAKING: Brooks nothing was “got rid of” that weekend she was arrested.
BREAKING: Brooks says the first time she heard about Charlie’s Bags being missing was on the Monday after Kingsley Napley.

Wednesday 5 March 2014

Rebekah Brooks Cross Examination by the Prosecution
Brooks questioned by Anthony Edis QC for the Crown
BREAKING: “Do you agree you settled with Max Clifford to stop Mulcaire naming names?” asks Edis. “Yes, in part” says Brooks.

Thursday 6 March 2014

Rebekah Brooks Cross Examination continues on Count 1 – Hacking
Brooks questioned on Phone and Voicemail interception
BREAKING: Brooks says that – in exceptional circumstances – she may in principle have agreed to intercept phone calls. But didn’t happen
Brooks questioned on Blunkett Story
BREAKING: Coulson called Brooks 15 minutes before meeting with Blunkett in Sheffield over Kimberley Quinn
BREAKING: Brooks says Andy Coulson did not mention he was just about to see Blunkett “because he knew I was close to Blunkett”

Monday 10 March 2014

Rebekah Brooks Questioned on MOD Stories
Rubber Stamp
BREAKING: Brooks admits she was just acting as a ‘rubber stamp’ for payments to Number 1 Military Contact.

Tuesday 11 March 2014

Rebekah Brooks faces more Cross Examination on Count 1 – Phone Hacking
Private Investigators and Sarah’s Law
BREAKING: Mulcaire paid £1,250 by NOTW for Sarah’s Law campaign tracing sex offenders.

Wednesday 12 March 2014

Rebekah Brooks Cross Examination continues on Count 6 and 7
Books asked about News of the World Internal Investigation
BREAKING: Lord Mandelson was approached to coach Rebekah Brooks for DCMS committee in wake of hacking scandal.
7 Archived Boxes
BREAKING: Brooks says she never knew of 7 archive boxes in her name even after Carter interviewed about them in November 2011
Rebekah Brooks Cross Examined on Count 7
Tony Blair text messages
BREAKING: 16/07/11 Blair offers to help Brooks on DCMS appearance “Definitely” replies Brooks in texts.
BREAKING: Blair texts Brooks “I may be some help in the commons” just before she is arrested.

Thursday 13 March 2014

The Defence of Clive Goodman Begins
Clive Goodman’s Defence Case proceeds that of Andy Coulson
BREAKING: Justice Saunders explains to the jury there’s been a change in the order of defendants. Clive Goodman precedes Coulson
Count 2 – The Purchase of Royal Internal Telephone Directories
BREAKING: Goodman denies every using information in Green Books for either phone hacking or blagging.
BREAKING: Goodman says two directories came from, Kenneth Stronach, valet to the Prince of Wales – 98 and 93
BREAKING: Goodman claims Princess Diana gave him one of the Royal Green Books in 1992
BREAKING: Goodman says Diana wanted him to “see the scale of her husband’s household compared to hers…. being swamped by his household”

Monday 17 March 2014

Clive Goodman’s Defence Continues
Jury Member unwell and is discharged
BREAKING: Justice Saunders explains to the jury at the #hackingtrial that a juror was upset by an incident on Friday and was unable to come
Payments to Fake Identities
BREAKING: Goodman says cash payments to fake identities was customary for 20 years in NOTW since he arrived in 1986 and left 2006
Cash payments to sources of Royal Stories
BREAKING: Goodman says there is “no truth’ in Crown’s case he paid policeman. He called them that just to make sure he got published.

Tuesday 18 March 2014

Clive Goodman’s Defence Continues on Phone Hacking
The Goodman and Mulcaire Project
BREAKING: Goodman claims that Glenn Mulcaire had contacts with security services who were monitoring the Royals
Goodman says he told Andy Coulson about the Royal Phone Project
BREAKING: Goodman says he told Andy Coulson about Mulcaire’s project to “monitor three Royal phones” through hacking for £500 per week.
The Editor’s Conferences
BREAKING: Goodman says that another NOTW journo would “clearly” talk about messages to do with phone hacking in editorial conferences
Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy Story
BREAKING: Goodman says the only records of his emails are the ones he downloaded in 2006, and from an internal NI process the following year

Wednesday 19 March 2014

Clive Goodman’s Defence Continues on Green Books and Phone Hacking
Goodman downloads emails from NI
BREAKING: Clive Goodman downloaded NI emails after his arrest to “show that Andy knew what was going on” in regards to phone hacking at NOTW
BREAKING: Goodman claim his lawyer Henri Brandman raised the topic of him being the “lone wolf” in phone hacking in 2006
Cafe meeting of Coulson and Goodman
BREAKING: Goodman says that Coulson said through his “influence” he could stop him going to prison for phone hacking in 2006
Goodman’s Proof of Evidence
BREAKING: Goodman claims he was introduced to a ‘spook’ by Mulcaire: intelligence service officer who apparently approved of hacking
NI are given Goodman’s Case Documents
BREAKING: Goodman’s lawyer defied his direct instructions and passed on prosecution phone hacking papers to News International
BREAKING: Goodman says he was told by NI exec: “You’re not going to be dismissed as long as you don’t implicate other people”
Sentencing Hearing
BREAKING: Goodman told by NI lawyer “Andy would only take him back” if he didn’t name “others” in contact with Mulcaire in sentencing plea
BREAKING: Goodman says he used probation officer to convey to judge the editorial approval of his activities with Mulcaire.

Thursday 20 March 2014

Clive Goodman is Cross Examined by Counsel for Andy Coulson
Goodman questioned on Articles and Payments
BREAKING: Goodman says he never listened to the Madonna album he described as ‘uninspired’ in NOTW in 2003 (bit of irony in that BREAKING)

Tuesday 25 March 2014

Defendant Cheryl Carter takes the Witness Stand
Plans to Emigrate to Australia
BREAKING: Rebekah Brooks paid for the Carter family flights to Australia for job interviews and migration in July 2011

Wednesday 26 March 2014

Cheryl Carter is Cross-examined by the Prosecution
Electronic Devices
BREAKING: Carter claims the first she knew of Operation Weeting was on the 4th July 2011

Thursday 27 March 2014

Cheryl Carter’s Cross-Examination Continues
Carter questioned on the removal of 7 Boxes
BREAKING: Carter says Will Lewis and Simon Greenberg didn’t tell police during search of News International where Brooks’ documents were

Friday 28 March 2014

The Defence of Charlie Brooks Begins
The lead up to Rebekah Brooks Arrest
BREAKING: Charlie Brooks says Rebekah was told it was “highly likely” she’d be arrested on return from holiday in April 2011.
BREAKING: In discussions with James Murdoch and his wife, Charlie Brooks says they concluded Milly Dowler leak was “political hit” 04/07/11
Rebekah Brooks Resigns
BREAKING: Charlie Brooks says he was the one who told Rebekah Brooks should resign 14/07/11. She said “Thank God for that”

Monday 31 March 2014

The Defence of Charlie Brooks Continues
Charlie Brooks is asked about events at the time of Rebekah Brooks Arrest
BREAKING: On the day of her arrest Rebekah Brooks thought the police were making a ‘PR point’ before the DCMS select committee

Tuesday 1 April 2014

The Defence of Mark Hanna Begins
Allegations of Burning Evidence
BREAKING: Hanna says he ‘never’ burnt anything incriminating or not from News International at his home

Tuesday 8 April 2014

The Defence of Stuart Kuttner Begins
Kuttner is asked for his view of other members of staff at NOTW
BREAKING: Kuttner “I have no recollection of any dealings with Glenn Mulcaire… as far as I know I’ve only seen him in dock at court”
Attempts to cut Nine Consultancy Budget
BREAKING: Kuttner says cutting 50 per cent of Mulcaire’s budget “probably originated in my mind: in 2005
Mr Justice Saunders Reviews the Position of the Trial
Clive Goodman expected to return in May
BREAKING: “Goodman will not be fit to resume his evidence until beginning of May, but we hope he will ready by then” says Justice Saunders

Wednesday 9 April 2014

The Defence of Stuart Kuttner Continues
Milly Dowler’s Voicemail Messages
BREAKING: Stuart Kuttner, former NOTW managing editor, says he told Surrey Police they had a recording of Milly Dowler‘s voicemail 13/04/11
BREAKING: Kuttner says the NOTW changed 3rd edition article on Milly Dowler voicemails because police told them they were left by hoaxer
Kuttner’s visit to Goodman
BREAKING: Kuttner contemporaneous note says Mulcaire introduced Clive Goodman to a ‘serving spook’ with “leftovers of bugging”
BREAKING: Kuttner note from 2006 says Goodman: “Told Andy this at the start” about his hacking project with Mulcaire

Friday 11 April 2014

The Prosecution Cross-Examination of Stuart Kuttner Continues
Mulcaire Contracts
BREAKING: Kuttner admits he didn’t carry out any further investigation into allegations another NOTW journalist was phone hacking in 2006

Monday 14 April 2014

The Defence of Andy Coulson Begins
Timothy Langdale QC presents the case for Andy Coulson
BREAKING: Timothy Langdale QC calls Andy Coulson to the witness box in the #hackingtrial
Nine Consultancy Costs
BREAKING: Coulson tells #hackingtrial: “I didn’t know the name of Glenn Mulcaire until he was arrested with Clive Goodman
BREAKING: “We paid double that to the astrologer” Andy Coulson says of Glenn Mulcaire’s £105,000 budget in 2005

Tuesday 15 April 2014

The Defence of Andy Coulson Contines
Coulson’s knowledge of Phone Hacking
BREAKING: Coulson denies ever being party to phone hacking at News of the World.
Contacts with Surry Police
BREAKING: Coulson says “I don’t remember having any discussion about Milly Dowler with Rebekah” during her absence in Dubai in April 2002
Changes to Milly Dowler Stories
BREAKING: Coulson says he cannot remember a conversation with Brooks about Milly Dowler story on her return from Dubai holiday
News of the World Campaigns
BREAKING: Coulson says Fariah Alam/Eriksonn story came from a ‘source’ known to him, and was paid for it.

Wednesday 16 April 2014

The Defence of Andy Coulson Continues
Thurlbeck speaks to Coulson about Voicemail messgaes
BREAKING: Coulson tells #hackingtrial that Neville Thurlbeck informed him he’d listened to Blunkett voicemails in 2004
BREAKING: Coulson says Neville Thurlbeck played him intimate voicemail messages of David Blunkett in August 2004
Coulson decides to speak to David Blunkett
BREAKING: Coulson says he didn’t know phone hacking was an illegal act at the time of the David Blunkett voicemails in August 2004
Coulson’s meeting with Blunkett
BREAKING: Coulson says it was his “mistake” not mentioning voicemail messages to Blunkett: says legal advice on injunction was a factor too
The Calum Best Story and the “Do his phone” emial
BREAKING: Coulson says his “Do His Phone” email relates to the billing details of a NOTW journalist, and not hacking Calum Best‘s phone.

Tuesday 22 April 2014

The Defence of Andy Coulson Continues
The Sienna Miller voicemail message
BREAKING: Coulson denies Dan Evans ever played him a voice mail from Sienna Miller left on Daniel Craig‘s phone in September 2005
The Blackadder Column
BREAKING: Coulson says he “absolutely did not” know about Goodman or Mulcaire hacking voicemail messages.
Royal Phone Hacking
BREAKING: Coulson says he’s not sure he read Goodman email which directly mentions phone hacking in 2005, or knew the term ‘hacking’ then
The Alexander Project
BREAKING: Coulson says he was told by Goodman his Alexander Project was about a new ‘Royal Source’
Royal Palace Phone Book
BREAKING: Coulson says he thinks he never knew the name ‘Alexander’ for the project to pay Glenn Mulcaire for phone hacking in 2005

Wednesday 23 April 2014

The Defence of Andy Coulson Continues
Clive Goodman’s Arrest
BREAKING: Coulson “doesn’t believe” he ever heard the name of Glenn Mulcaire until the day of Goodman’s arrest.
BREAKING: Coulson called Rupert Murdoch on the day of Goodman’s arrest 08/08/06
BREAKING: “Until that point nobody had any idea voicemail interception was illegal” says Coulson of legal advice on Goodman’s arrest
Goodman’s Prosecution Documents
BREAKING: Coulson says that NI legal inquiry into Nine Consultancy in 2006 suggested no links to other NOTW news editors and phone hacking
Coulson decides to resign
BREAKING: Coulson resigned from NOTW two weeks before it was publicly announced on 26th Jan 07 “I was ultimately responsible”

Thursday 24 April 2014

The Cross-Examination of Andy Coulson Continues
Coulson’s conversations with Goodman after arrest
BREAKING: Goodman claims Coulson told him the police did not want to investigate phone hacking “any deeper” than Goodman Mulcaire in 2006
BREAKING: Coulson denies his job offer to Goodman post arrest was on condition of him pleading guilty to hacking as rogue reporter.
BREAKING: Coulson says he chose not to tell police about Thurlbeck hacking after Goodman arrest because “impact on me was a factor”
Connections to Thurlbeck and Miskew
BREAKING: NI lawyer discovered connections in Goodman prosecution papers to Miskiw, Thurlbeck and others in November 2006

Friday 25 April 2014

The Prosecution Cross-Examine Andy Coulson
Coulson questioned about affair with Rebekah Brooks
BREAKING: according to Coulson his affair with Rebekah Brooks lasted, on and off, nine years from 1998 to 2007

Monday 28 April 2014

The Cross-Examination of Andy Coulson Continues
Budgets and Big Spends
BREAKING: on ‘big spends’ at NOTW Mulcaire is in the top 5 earners along with political columnists agrees former editor Andy Coulson.

Tuesday 29 April 2014

Further Cross-Examination of Andy Coulson
Coulson’s phone rings in the dock
BREAKING: Justice Saunders suggesting ‘stamping’ on a ringing phone. Brooks jokes: “It’s an iPhone I can’t work it” #hackingtrial
Coulson questioned on the Arrests of Goodman and Mulcaire
BREAKING: Coulson agrees that if he’d admitted Blunkett voicemail hacks he would never have been David Cameron’s press spokesman

Tuesday 6 May 2014

Justice Saunders provides Directions of Law to the Jury
Changes to the Indictment Sheet
BREAKING: Count 7 – against Charlie Brooks – has changed. It’s no longer a ‘conspiracy’ charge.

Wednesday 14 May 2014

The Defence of Clive Goodman Resumes
Clive Goodman returns to give evidence after illness
BREAKING: Former NOTW Royal Editor Clive Goodman returns to witness box at the #hackingtrial after an 8 week absence.
Counsel for Andy Coulson resumes his Cross Examination of Clive Goodman
Goodman’s hacking of members of the Royal Family
BREAKING: Goodman agrees he was hacking a number of people other than the ones he’s admitted so far.
BREAKING: Goodman accepts he directly hacked of Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Prince William: “If you want to know more, go ahead”
BREAKING: Goodman agrees his last hack of Kate Middleton was the 07/08/06: the day before he was arrested.
Goodman’s contact within the Security Services
BREAKING: 16/03/06 “You are meeting a current spook” Mulcaire texts Goodman.

Tuesday 15 May 2014

The Defence of Clive Goodman Continues
Goodman questioned on who knew about Phone Hacking
BREAKING: Goodman told NI in 2007 that there “wasn’t a significant story in NOTW in the last two years that wasn’t the result” of hacking.
Hacking of Royal Household Phones
BREAKING: “He was shown the transcript” says Goodman of briefing Coulson on story based on hacking Royal Aide Lowther Pinkerton in Dec 2005

Friday 16 May 2014

The Prosecution Cross-Examine Clive Goodman
Goodman’s meeting with Rebekah Brooks after arrest
BREAKING: Goodman claims Rebekah Brooks offered him a job after prison “because who cares about a few media stories” #hackingtrial

Monday 19 May 2014

The Prosecutions Cross-Examination of Clive Goodman Continues
The Hacking of Royal Phones
BREAKING: Goodman says he never told his editor Andy Coulson directly about the hacking of Kate Middleton and Prince William
BREAKING: Goodman claims the original police phone hacking investigation in 2006 didn’t mention Royal Princes to save them “embarassment”
BREAKING: Goodman says he told his editor Andy Coulson that a Prince William “beagling” story was the result of phone hacking early in 2006
Clive Goodman questioned further by his own Counsel
Counsel for Clive Goodman closes his Defence
BREAKING: Goodman says Andy Coulson knew Mulcaire was still working for him after ‘Alexander Project” terminated in February 2006
The Prosecution continues its Closing Statement
Further Closing Statement on Count 1, 2 and 3
BREAKING: Edis says that Goodman said every major story at NOTW based on phone hacking IN 05 – but there are documents to back him up

Tuesday 20 May 2014

Rebekah Brooks Closing Statement
Jonathan Laidlaw QC presents the Closing Statement for Rebekah Brooks
BREAKING: “She is starting at a disadvantage… and cannot win” says Laidlaw for Brooks of media coverage of the #hackingtrial
Closing Statement on Count 1
BREAKING: Laidlaw says there was no “smoking gun” against Brooks, but a circumstantial case “she must have known”
Hacking under Brooks Editorship
BREAKING: Evidence proves “Mulcaire was not employed to hack phones…. until after Mrs Brooks had left the paper” says Brooks QC Laidlaw
BREAKING: Laidlaw says “If there is one thing you can be confident of is that Brooks was not guilty of the hacking of Milly Dowler‘s phone”
BREAKING: Laidlaw says Brooks line “waiting for six years” for Coulson is not the same thing as being in a relationship for 6 years”
BREAKING: Laidlaw says the prosecution has been “desperate” in its “pursuit of Mrs Brooks”: lacking research and thinking things through

Wednesday 21 May 2014

Rebekah Brooks Closing Statement continues
Closing Statement on Count 5
BREAKING: Laidlaw says the MOD “protect the government of the day, and put a lid on bad news” in defence of Brooks misconduct charge
BREAKING: Laidlaw’s defence: “Mrs Brooks is not beyond the law… but there has been a tension between investigative journalism and the law”
Allegation of Corporate Cover Up
BREAKING: Laidlaw concedes that Brooks did “nothing to investigate’ phone hacking as CEO – but that was her corporate responsibility
Rebekah Brooks Defence concludes its Closing Statement
BREAKING: Laidlaw says his client Brooks was at the “centre of a witch hunt” in July 2011.
BREAKING: Laidlaw says the prosecutions approach to Brooks has been a “witch hunt”: Mr Edis will interpret everything she says as guilt
BREAKING: Laidlaw talks of the “degree of scrutiny Mrs Brooks has been exposed to… unprecedented in history of British justice”

Tuesday 27 May 2014

Clive Goodman’s Closing Statement
Goodman’s Case joined to Hacking Charges
BREAKING: Spens tells the #hackingtrial jury how in June 2013 ‘hacking conspiracy’ was joined to Counts 2 and 3 against Goodman and Coulson
BREAKING: By the time of Goodman’s return on 14/05/14, he had been told he wouldn’t be convicted for further hacking admissions (11/05/14)
BREAKING: Spens says Goodman recalled a lot while other defendants have been struck down “by a collective amnesia over last few years”
Goodman’s treatment at The News of the World
BREAKING: Spens calls Coulson’s claim of a “duty of care” towards Goodman was “a sham, a charade” to find out what was going on with police
BREAKING: Spens says that Goodman’s lawyer Brandman leaking material to NI lawyer “was not something we should accept”
The Cover-Up
BREAKING: Goodman’s final settlement with NI had a gagging clause that could only be broken in exceptional circumstances of criminal case

Wednesday 28 May 2014

Andy Coulson’s Closing Statement
Unanswered Questions
BREAKING: Langdale blames the prosecution for failing to “fingerprint members of the Royal Household” over Goodman’s royal directories
Clive Goodman’s Evidence
BREAKING: Langdale calls Goodman a “surrogate prosecutor” who can be deployed without any “comeback against him”
BREAKING: Langdale says it’s “ironic” that prosecution and Goodman allege a coverup at NI when police and CPS had “coverup” in 2006

Thursday 29 May 2014

Andy Coulson’s Closing Statement Continues
The David Blunkett Story
BREAKING: NI External counsel say that RIPA Section 1 did encompass phone hacking in 2006 advice Langdale says
BREAKING: Langdale says the NI lawyer in 2004 during Blunkett hacking did not know intercepting voicemails was a crime
BREAKING: Langdale says Coulson’s admission that he knew of hacking Blunkett voicemails “has been hung like an albatross around his neck”
BREAKING: “There was justification for a hard line story against Blunkett” says Langdale of hacking his voicemails: “a breach of security”

Friday 30 May 2014

Stuart Kuttner’s Closing Statement
Kuttner’s Police Interview
BREAKING: Of Dowler events leading to Kuttner “Ending up in the dock at the Old Bailey,” says Caplan “the CPS is in urgent need of reform”

Monday 2 June 2014

Cheryl Carter Closing Statement
Cheryl Carter’s Character
BREAKING: “Has there ever been a more unlikely character to stand in the dock of the Old Bailey than Cheryl Carter” asks he QC Trevor Burke
Carter’s Arrest and Police Interviews
BREAKING: Cheryl Carter’s mother-in-law’s garage still contains Brooks’ Man City memorial T-shirt “who ever wants it can ask” says Burke QC

Tuesday 3 June 2014

Charlie Brooks Closing Statement
Neil Saunders QC presents the Closing Statement for Charlie Brooks
BREAKING: Neil Saunders says Charlie Brooks‘ actions on the weekend of his wife’s arrest were “possibly driven by drink”
Rebekah Brooks Arrest
BREAKING: Saunders talks about police officer leaving bag behind during police search 17/07/11: one of “two forgetful bag” episodes that day

Thursday 5 June 2014

The Summing Up Continues
Continued review of the Milly Dowler related Evidence
BREAKING: Saunders says that Muclaire hacking Dowler and saving it could have led to deletion, but could not be false hope moment

Wednesday 11 June 2014

Mr Justice Saunders Concludes the Trial
The Judge retires the Jury to consider their verdicts
BREAKING: The jury bailiff is sworn in: “It’s been a privilege to work with you” Saunders tells the #hackingtrial jury

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