News of the World ‘may have paid £850,000’ to Glenn Mulcaire | Media | The Guardian
Fresh evidence exhibited at the inquiry on Tuesday suggested that Glenn Mulcaire received cash payments and bank transfers worth at least £775,000 and possibly as much as £849,000 from News Group Newspapers (NGN), the News International subsidiary that published the now-closed News of the World, between 1999 and 2007.
Simon Hughes, the Liberal Democrat MP, who submitted a table of Mulcaire’s year-by-year earnings figures to the inquiry as part of his evidence, described them as of “profound importance”.
Hughes told Lord Justice Leveson that Mulcaire was sentenced to prison in 2007 on the basis of evidence that he had received just £12,500 from News International.
However, he said the table he submitted showed that Mulcaire received almost £570,000 from bank transfers and just over £280,000 in cash payments from NGN between 1999 and 2007.
“I think the fact that the court did not have before it information which was clearly known, known to the police because they told Rebekah Wade … known to Tom Crone, known to Andy Coulson, that that was not in the court’s knowledge, is a serious failure, which meant that the court was asked to do a job on the basis of incomplete evidence,” Hughes told the inquiry. “I’d say it’s an unforgivable failure, it’s a completely unacceptable failure.”