UK counter-terrorism detective guilty of leaks for cash

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 11 January, 2013, 4:34am


A former British counter-terrorism detective has been found guilty of trying to sell information about a phone hacking investigation to the Rupert Murdoch-owned News of the World tabloid.

A jury convicted April Casburn of offering the now-defunct newspaper information about a probe into whether Scotland Yard's inquiry into the illegal hacking of mobile phones should be reopened.

Casburn, 53, who remained impassive as the verdict was given at Southwark Crown Court in London, was found guilty of one count of misconduct in public office after a trial lasting just four days.

At the time of the offence in September 2010, Casburn was at Scotland Yard, managing the National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit.

The jury heard that one of her team had been asked to carry out financial investigations as part of the phone hacking probe. She rang the News of the World's news desk early one morning offering information in exchange for payment.

Prosecutor Mark Bryant-Heron said she tried to undermine the hacking probe by contacting the paper, which was at the centre of the allegations. Her conduct was "disgraceful" and the phone call "malicious".

Casburn admitted contacting the paper, but denied asking for money or offering any information that was not already in the public domain. She will be sentenced at a later date.

Murdoch closed News of the World in July 2011.