Police And CPS ‘Hid True Extent Of Hacking’

Police and prosecutors hid the true extent of Royal phone hacking to avoid publicity, a jury has been told.

The News Of The World allegedly hacked the phones of Kate Middleton and Princes William and Harry 200 times nearly a decade ago, but the evidence emerged only this week.

The paper’s former Royal editor Clive Goodman told the Old Bailey hacking trial: “The reason these things did not come into the public domain before was the police and CPS in 2006/07 decided they were not going to publish things to protect the discretion of the victims.”

Mr Goodman, 56, was jailed in 2007 for hacking the phones of several Royal aides.

He said that at the time he was never asked about hacking the Royals themselves, but was trying now to be “open, honest and frank”.

He said: “Whatever I have been accused of I have admitted to and paid an extremely high price for it.”

He is not on trial this time for phone hacking, but for paying police officers for information on the royal family. He denies two charges.

Mr Goodman told jurors that when he was arrested in 2006 “there was not a single significant story broken at the NOTW in the last couple of years” that hadn’t been got through phone hacking by a senior colleague of his.

That colleague cannot be named for legal reasons.

Mr Goodman described himself in phone hacking terms as “a spear carrier” compared to the senior colleague who was “a five-act opera”.

Mr Goodman was being cross-examined by Timothy Langdale QC, the lawyer for ex-editor Andy Coulson, another of the seven defendants on trial.

Mr Coulson denies phone hacking and paying officials for information.

Mr Langdale asked Mr Goodman about a voicemail message hacked from Kate Middleton’s phone, in which Prince William told her about being ambushed and shot with blanks on a military night exercise.

The lawyer asked: “Who hacked Kate Middleton’s phone to get that message?”

Mr Goodman replied: “It may have been me, it may have been Glenn Mulcaire. It may have been both.”

Mr Mulcaire, a private investigator employed by the paper to hack phones, has admitted charges of phone hacking in the current trial and will be sentenced at the end.

The trial is expected to finish next month.

15 May 2014 | 6:32 pm – Source: orange.co.uk

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