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REPORTER WHO ADMITTED HACKING CELEBS ESCAPES PRISON

July 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Former British tabloid journalist Daniel Evans has been handed a ten-month suspended sentence for phone hacking by a judge who said that he had taken into account Evans’s guilty plea and his cooperation with prosecutors. Evans admitted that at the now-defunct tabloid News of the World he spent most of his days hacking the phones of movie and TV celebrities, politicians, and sports stars. He acknowledged that he had hacked the phones of about 200 people and listened to about 1,000 voicemails. Addressing the court, Evans’s attorney, Jonathan Turner, noted that Evans had engaged in phone hacking at the behest of his bosses, including former editor Andy Coulson, who later became Prime Minister David Cameron’s communications director. The attorney also observed that phone hacking operations at the tabloid were already in place when he arrived at the NotW.