Saturday 29 November 2014

Kate Middleton targeted for phone hacking, court hears

Alex Diaz

Published 12/11/2013 | 14:31

Kate Middleton
London Mayor Boris Johnson

Kate Middleton and Boris Johnson's names were found on a list of targets by a phone hacker employed by the News of the World, a jury has heard.

The Old Bailey was told that police found a hand-written page titled "Target Evaluation" at private investigator Glenn Mulcaire's home when he was arrested in 2006.

The Duchess of Cambridge was among 18 names included on the list together with the Mayor of London, PR guru Max Clifford, former England football manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, Tom Parker Bowles and celebrity Kerry Katona.

The jury also heard that a Liverpool massage parlour receptionist had told Wayne Rooney to get out "before he was destroyed and his career was over".

Newspaper stories about the soccer player's "suggested use of prostitutes" had claimed Patricia Tierney had sex with him in a parlour in 2004, the court heard.

But Ms Tierney said in a statement read to the court that she had warned the footballer to leave.

Ms Tierney said: "It was alleged I had a sexual encounter with Wayne Rooney and he paid me for sex when I was working at a massage parlour.

"I do recall Wayne Rooney visiting with a number of other males.

"Several days later he came on his own.

"This time I pushed him into a room and told him to pull his hat down and get out before he was destroyed and his career was over."

The story first appeared in the Sunday Mirror, the court heard, and was later chased by The Sun, with several articles appearing in the daily tabloid.

Notes made by Mulcaire, who has admitted phone hacking, showed that he was investigating Rooney at the time and that the football star's password was Stella Artois.

The phone hacker's notebooks also contained information with details relating to Rooney's mother, the court heard.

At a later date he made a note of the mobile phone details of a Harrods beautician called Laura Rooney, who is not related to the footballer.

Angelina Jolie's British stunt double was also investigated after the Hollywood actress began her relationship with Brad Pitt in 2005, the jury heard.

Former Gladiators contestant Eunice Huthart was working on the action film Mr And Mrs Smith in Los Angeles in July 2005 when her mobile phone details and pin number appeared in Mulcaire's notes.

The court heard that Ms Huthart, who is originally from Liverpool and described herself as "good friends" with Jolie in a police statement, was hacked by Mulcaire in February and March 2006.

The private investigator also intercepted the voicemails of celebrity chef and Norwich City FC majority shareholder Delia Smith after she famously addressed fans over the loudspeaker during a home game in February 2005.

He investigated her husband, Michael Wynn-Jones, and their friends and associates, and even called the phone of a man who had a similar number to Ms Smith by mistake, the court heard.

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