Wednesday, 2 April 2014

"Phone-hacking defendant: 'It was a terrible misunderstanding on my part'"

From the BBC:

News International's head of security has told the phone-hacking trial that items he removed for safekeeping contained pornography belonging to another defendant, Charlie Brooks.

Mark Hanna told the jury at the Old Bailey in London that it seemed "obvious" to him that Mr Brooks did not mind if the police or his wife found out about it, and he even assumed that his wife, Rebekah, shared her husband's interest in the material.

Giving evidence for a second day, Mr Hanna said Mr Brooks had asked him to look after a brown leather bag left in his car and later handed him a padded bag and a laptop for safekeeping too.

"He explained it was his own personal property and that it was pornography," said Mr Hanna.

"I was under the mistaken impression that like most married blokes, he would have introduced his wife to porn at the very start of their marriage and that like most married women she'd also enjoy having a quick flick through when he was out of the house.

"Like most men in a relationship, he had never deleted his browser history or anything. It was a great surprise when he later told me that he had never informed his wife and did not want it to get into the hands of the police."