By Martin Hickman.
Former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman is not owning up to the full scale of his phone hacking at the paper, Andy Coulson’s legal team claimed at the phone hacking trial today.
In his earlier evidence, Mr Goodman said that he had hacked the phones of five individuals linked to the Royal Family between 2005 and 2006: Helen Asprey, Paddy Harverson, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, Mark Dyer and Tom Parker Bowles.
Timothy Langdale, QC, told Mr Goodman today: “I’m going to suggest you had direct contact with [NoW hacker] Glenn Mulcaire significantly before the time you told us… and that you yourself had been hacking on a much larger scale than you told this court.”
Mr Goodman, convicted in 2007 of phone hacking three royal aides, replied: “I don’t think I have been asked a direct question about the scale of phone hacking.”
Mr Goodman, a News of the World journalist for 20 years, was returning to Court 12 of the Old Bailey for the first time in two months.
He was last in the witness box on 20 March 2014, when he was being cross-examined by Mr Langdale.
The following morning as he waited to face another day of Mr Langdale’s cross-examination Mr Goodman complained of feeling unwell. He was taken to hospital by ambulance with high blood pressure and was later diagnosed with a heart condition. A chest infection caused further ill-health.
Re-starting the phone hacking trial after three days of legal argument, Judge John Saunders explained to the jury that the court had had to wait until independent medical experts confirmed that Mr Goodman was fit to return.
Mr Justice Saunders said: “I have now received a report from an independent specialist that he can continue giving his evidence.”
He summarised Mr Goodman’s previous evidence before allowing Mr Langdale to re-commence his cross-examination, which lasted only a few minutes before lunch.
Mr Goodman, wearing bandages on both his wrists, is jointly charged with Mr Coulson of conspiring to commit misconduct in public office.
Emails show that Mr Coulson, editor of the News of the World, gave his approval to emails from Mr Goodman asking for money to pay police officers for confidential royal phone directories. Mr Goodman, who denies the charge, told the court that the payments went to other journalists and not to police officers.
In his evidence, Mr Coulson, who has pleased not guilty to the misconduct in public office charge and a count of conspiring to hack phones, said Mr Goodman had a habit of exaggerating and could not be trusted. He said he did not believe his royal editor was actually paying police officers.
The case continues.