Wednesday 25 April 2018

Phone hacking: Lesbian film and conker stashed in bags, court hears

Charlie Brooks is one of the accused in the hacking trial
Charlie Brooks is one of the accused in the hacking trial
Rebekah Brooks leaving the Old Bailey in 2012

A conker, DVD cases with titles such as Instant Lesbian, homeopathic medicine and a 50p piece were among the assorted items found in bags stashed in the car park of Rebekah and Charles Brooks' London home, the hacking trial heard.

The court was shown pictures of a brown leather satchel and a black bag which were handed into police by a building manager after being discovered by a cleaner on July 18 2011, the day after Mrs Brooks' arrest.

The court was told Charles Brooks, who had come in search of the property, told staff the two bags had been dropped off for him the night before and there had been some sort of mix up.

Photographs of the bags and lists of their contents were shown to the jury.

The brown bag contained a phone, a dictaphone, small USB stick, laptop computer, correspondence, homeopathic medicine, pills, a conker, a brown envelope containing DVD cases and other items, and cheque books in the name of Charles and Rebekah Brooks.

Titles of DVDs listed included Instant Lesbian, Bride of Sin, and Lesbian Psychodrama volume 2 and 3.

The contents of the black bag included more letters, an Apple laptop with a NI (News International) tag, an iPad, 50p piece, and a blue bag containing a bronze-coloured charm on a chain.

Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, 44 and racehorse trainer Charles Brooks, 50, both of Churchill, Oxfordshire, along with then head of security Mark Hanna, 50, of Glynswood Road, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire deny conspiring to pervert the course of justice between July 15 and July 19 2011.

The seven defendants deny the charges against them.

The inventory of the bags' contents was presented by Detective Constable Karyn Millar.


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