The hacking trial: sentencing hearing
The guilty men
From left: Greg Miskiw, Neville Thurlbeck, Glenn Mulcaire, Andy Coulson and James Weatherup
Executives 'utterly corrupted NoTW'
Monday 30 June, 2014
The News of the World paid Glenn Mulcaire £549,470 to hack telephones, the Old Bailey was told today as the private detective and five of the paper's staff appeared for their sentencing hearing.
Andy Coulson and three senior staff utterly corrupted the paper by paying Mulcaire to intercept the phones of a list of people that was like a "Who's Who of Britain, Andrew Edis QC said.
Coulson was convicted last week of conspiracy to hack phones. His news editors James Weatherup, Greg Miskiw and chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck pleaded guilty last year, as did Mulcaire.
Dan Evans, a showbusiness reporter who has also admitted phone hacking, gave evidence for the Crown and will be sentenced separately in July after decisions have been made about charging other journalists on police bail.
Edis applied for £750,000 costs from the defendants and emphasised that the maximum sentence for phone hacking is two years. There were, he said, multiple instances, but the defendants each faced only one charge to make the case less complex for the jury.
Here is a flavour from Fiona Hamilton of the Times of Edis's submission:
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