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Phone Hacking Trial: Reporter Pleads Guilty
A former Sunday Mirror reporter has told the phone hacking trial he was specifically recruited by the News Of The World because of his hacking skills.
Dan Evans pleaded guilty last year to hacking at both the Sunday Mirror and the News Of The World (NOTW) and providing a false witness statement.
This is the first time those guilty pleas could be reported.
Evans, 38, told the jury he was approached by staff from the NOTW three times before he finally resigned from the Sunday Mirror in October 2004.
He said: "I was bringing phone hacking techniques and methodology. I was bringing a pretty lengthy list of phone hacking targets. People whose voicemails had been intercepted, general skills to perpetuate that activity."
Evans discussed the practice with staff from the NOTW when they had their first meeting to discuss a possible job, the court heard.
He said: "Voicemail interception became part of the conversation. It was not referred to as phone hacking - that phrase did not exist then."
Evans told the jury he was involved in hacking at the Sunday Mirror for about a year and a half from 2003, but it had been going on before that.
He told the court about the 'kerching moment' when he met Andy Coulson at a hotel to discuss a job at the NOTW for the third time.
"I got onto voicemails and interception and I told him I had a lot of commercially sensitive data in my head and how things worked at the Sunday Mirror and I could bring him big exclusive stories cheaply which was the kerching moment," he said.
"Bring exclusive stories cheaply equals job."
Evans was offered the job the same day and started at the NOTW in January 2005 on a salary of £53,000.
On his first day, he was taken into a meeting room and handed a contacts list by a NOTW journalist who cannot be named, he said.
Among the names were Heather McCartney, Esther Rantzen, Chris Evans, Ed Balls, Ronnie Biggs, Elle Macpherson, the father of soap star Jessie Wallace, Michael Parkinson, John Leslie, Geri Halliwell and Michael Jackson.
Evans said he was rather "crestfallen" at being given the task. Asked what that task was, he said: "(The journalist) wanted me to hack the interesting names on there."
He told the court he would hack phones "probably most days" while at the NOTW, and he had accessed voicemails more than 1,000 times.
He claimed the newspaper used a company that could provide personal information including phone numbers, medical and tax records within three hours.
Earlier, the Old Bailey got off to a dramatic start when actor Jude Law learned for the first time that a member of his immediate family sold a story about him to the NOTW.
The trial continues.
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