Phone Hacking Trial: Murdered Teenager’s Phone Hacked

Questions asked in court about what editor Rebekah Brooks knew

LONDON — The jury in the phone-hacking trial in London heard Tuesday how Rupert Murdoch’s Sunday newspaper The News of the World published the contents of a message it had taken from the hacked voice-mail of a missing teenage girl, Milly Dowler, who was later found to have been murdered.

According to the prosecution, private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, who was employed by the newspaper, hacked Dowler’s phone on April 10, 2002, and a verbatim quote from a message found on her voicemail appeared in the first edition of the paper.

The paper’s editor, Rebekah Brooks, was on vacation in Dubai at the time, but phoned her deputy, Andy Coulson, and other members of staff.

In the edition of the paper that followed, the extract from the message had been removed. The prosecution claims that this may have been the result of the conversation between Brooks and Coulson.

Jonathan Laidlaw, counsel for Brooks, said that the Dowler story was not prominent in the paper, appearing on page 9, and suggested that Brooks’ attention was focused on other stories.

The prosecution alleges that Brooks and Coulson were involved in a conspiracy to hack phones, which they both deny.

The trial continues.

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