Detective Chief Inspector April Casburn (53) tried to undermine the inquiry "at the point of its launch" by phoning the newspaper whose former journalists were under suspicion.
She claimed she made the call because she felt the public should be told that counter-terrorism officers were being seconded to the hacking inquiry instead of "saving lives". But a jury at Southwark Crown Court unanimously decided yesterday that Casburn, a mother of three, was motivated by greed.
She was found guilty of misconduct in public office. Casburn, who has a three-year-old adopted child, will be sentenced at a later date. Mr Justice Fulford told her she faces a custodial sentence. The maximum term is life imprisonment.
"The defendant must understand that, given the jury's verdict, I must have in mind an immediate custodial sentence," he said. He wishes to hear from the social worker of her child, adopted in 2011, before sentencing. (© Daily Telegraph, London)