Coulson told Dan Evans to put recorded message in Jiffy bag and pretend left at reception anonymously, court told - Press Gazette

Coulson told Dan Evans to put recorded message in Jiffy bag and pretend left at reception anonymously, court told

Dan Evans has named ten former News of the World staff who had direct knowledge of phone-hacking, a court has heard. 

Giving evidence at the Old Bailey for a second day, Evans listed ten names, including that of former editor, Andy Coulson, who knew about phone-hacking.

A court order prevents the reporting of other names on that list.

Evans went on to describe being bullied to come up with front page stories.

The 38-year-old former tabloid reporter said he was told to “jump off a cliff” if he did not deliver a front page exclusive.

He told the court: "I remember being monstered by (News of the World journalist). He sent me an email saying 'If you do not come up with a front page story you might as well jump off a cliff'."

He set to work hacking phones, and hacked into James Bond star Daniel Craig's voicemail.

He told the court: "I heard a female voice saying 'Hi, it's me. Cannot speak, I'm at the Groucho with Jude'."

He checked the number on his database and found it was Sienna Miller's, he said.

The following Tuesday, he went to work "wagging my tail" and telling the journalist: "Did you know Sienna Miller is having an affair with Daniel Craig?"

He put together a story to show then-editor Coulson.

Another News of the World journalist was onto the same story, proving corroboration to run it in the paper.

Prosecutor Andrew Edis asked what the response was to the Sienna story, Evans replied: “They said good work. (News of the World journalist) said to me 'You are a company man now'.”

Evans was told by Coulson (pictured above. Credit: Reuters)  to make a copy of his recorded voicemail message, put it in a Jiffy bag and take it to reception so it would look like it had been dropped off anonymously.

Then another News of the World journalist picked it up with “mock surprise” saying “look what I've found”, Evans said.

Evans then knocked on Craig's door and confronted him with the story, to which Craig said: ”no, no, no it's not true”, the court heard.

Because of the denial, the story was held over for the following week for more work, he said.

He added: “I would like to apologise to all involved.”

Evans listened into another voicemail to Craig from Jude Law saying: “Thanks mate. I hope Saski (his girlfriend Satsuki Mitchell) doesn't find out.”

The story was run past Law's public relations executive who "approved" it and it ran in the News of the World the following week in October 2005, Evans told the court.

Evans was asked about a message sent to a News of the World executive highlighting his worth to the newspaper after the Sienna story, with reference to Mr Marshall, Gerrard's agent, and Jade Goody.

He said: "The Steven Gerrard reference is in reference to an intercepted voicemail about his wife expecting a new baby.

"I cannot remember Jade Goody, I'm sorry."

He also told the court more about his own hacking activities, including picking up a story from Craig's voicemail about actress Eva Green being a new Bond girl, and a story about footballer Sol Campbell and designer Kelly Hoppen. He also admitted hacking the voicemail of Shane Richie and Jenson Button.

Earlier, Evans described the shock and fear at the News of the World the day that two staff were arrested for phone hacking.

In August 2006 journalist Clive Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire were investigated by police.

He told the hacking trial at the Old Bailey: "Everybody was on tenter hooks. There was a lot of fear and anxiety around. A lot of people were preparing to cover their tracks."

He said a senior staff member told him "it goes without saying no more hooky stuff" referring to hacking.

"There was a palpable sense of shock. I proceeded to start getting rid of all the evidence I could possibly get my hands on."

That included notebooks and tapes of recorded voicemails, he said.

All hacking activity stopped after the arrests, but Evans said he did on a few occasions hack into the phones of PR executive Ian Monk and footballer Steven Gerrard's agent Struan Marshall.

Shortly after joining the News of the World, Evans claimed expenses for phone kit to hack into voicemails, he told the hacking trial earlier.

Evans identified an expenses sheet for two phones, two sim cards and £200 in credits in February 2005, just after he joined the News of the World.

Asked by Edis what the purpose of the kit was, he replied: "For untraceable interception of voicemail."

The hacking trial was told the claim was signed by two senior staff members and paid out in cash.

Evans was shown emails from October 2005 about efforts to "get to work on Rolf Harris".

One email from a News of the World journalist read "sometimes I think we are dazzled by shady stuff" rather than obvious journalist checks.

Evans said he had made various checks because the rumour was of "marital strife".

After Evans was caught out hacking  Hoppen's phone, he was suspended and put on paid gardening leave, he said.

Evans was made redundant when the newspaper closed down and received the same payout as everyone else, he said.

Asked by Edis about any other criminal activity in his past, Evans said he had been "busted" for having amphetamines as a student and later for cocaine.

He said: "Recreational drugs played a part in my life since mid-late teens."

However, he had now been clean of drugs and alcohol for a "period of time", he told the court.

Evans joined the News of the World in 2005 after he was poached from the Sunday Mirror largely for his hacking skills to "bring big exclusives cheaply", the court heard.

The court heard that Evans has already admitted conspiracy to hack phones at the Sunday Mirror between February 2003 and January 2005, and the same offence at the News of the World between April 2004 and June 2010.

He also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office between January 2008 and June 2010, and perverting the course of justice by giving a false statement in High Court proceedings.

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson, 46, a PR consultant of Charing, Kent, denies conspiring to hack phones and conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office.

All seven defendants, including former Sun and News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks, deny all the charges against them.



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