Police officer sold secrets of John Terry and Ronnie Wood
Published 08/03/2013 | 16:00
A BRITISH police constable and a prison officer have pleaded guilty to selling information to journalists at The Sun newspaper.
Former Surrey police constable Alan Tierney and former prison officer Richard Trunkfield admitted charges of committing misconduct in a public office when they appeared separately at the Old Bailey.
Tierney admitted selling information related to Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood and the mother of former England football captain John Terry for a fee of £1,750 in 2009.
Terry's mother was cautioned for shoplifting clothes, while the information on Wood related to a scuffle in the street with his Russian girlfriend.
Trunkfield is understood to have sold information which led to the publication of a story about a high profile prisoner in 2010.
Both are due to be sentenced later this month. They were granted bail but were told that all sentencing options remained open.
The prosecution indicated that they would make an application under the proceeds of crime act to recover the money both received from the newspaper.
Both men were arrested as part of the Metropolitan Police's Operation Elveden into corrupt payments which was set up in the wake of the phone hacking scandal.
In a separate case today, Rebekah Brooks appeared at the Old Bailey today and the case in relation to her was adjourned to a later date.
John Kay, the Sun's chief reporter pleaded not guilty to an offence of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office when he appeared in court.
Also appearing at the Old Bailey were Andy Coulson, the Prime Minister's former director of communications and Clive Goodman, the News of the World's former royal editor.
The cases in relation to them were adjourned to a later date. A public official, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.
- Martin Evans, Telegraph.co.uk