NotW reporter awaits appeal verdict

Published: Wednesday 8th July 2015 by The News Editor

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A former News of the World royal reporter who was found guilty of getting scoops from one of Prince Harry’s comrades is expected to find out if his conviction has been quashed.

While working at the now-defunct Sunday tabloid, journalist Ryan Sabey, 35, was accused of encouraging Paul Brunt, 33, who was in the same regiment as the young royal, to leak information.

Their Old Bailey trial had heard that Brunt was paid more than £16,000 to provide information and pictures about Harry to the Sun and the NotW over an 18-month period in 2006 and 2007.

In February, Brunt, of Kentish Town, north London, was found guilty of committing misconduct in a public office in relation to his dealings with both newspapers while Sabey, of Bethnal Green, east London, was convicted of aiding and abetting him.

But before they could be sentenced at the Old Bailey, the pair were granted leave to appeal by the Lord Chief Justice.

And following a root and branch review, the Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders announced that she would not seek a retrial for Sabey if his conviction is quashed but would proceed against Brunt.

Several cases against journalists were scrapped by the Crown Prosecution Service after the Court of Appeal quashed the conviction of NotW reporter Lucy Panton – the first to be found guilty in an Elveden trial.

Since then, only one reporter – the Sun’s Anthony France – has been found guilty by a jury of an offence as a result of the Metropolitan Police’s high profile investigation into newspapers’ relationships with public officials. He was sentenced to 18 months suspended for two years.

Lord Thomas, Mr Justice Simon and Mr Justice Cranston will hand down their ruling on Sabey and Brunt’s case at 1030 in the Court of Appeal.

Published: Wednesday 8th July 2015 by The News Editor

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