Top Cop in Phone Hacking Leak Is Jailed ; Detective Gets Shorter Sentence Because She Is Adopting a Child [Edition 3]
Cheston, Paul, The Evening Standard (London, England)
A SENIOR anti-terrorist detective today became the first person to be jailed in connection with the phone-hacking investigation when she was given a 15-month sentence.
Det Chief Insp April Casburn, 53, had called the News of the World and corruptly offered it confidential information on the inquiry's progress. But she was saved from an even longer sentence of three years by her "strong and positive" bond with a child she is adopting. Even so, the immediate jail sentence sends an ominous warning not only to ex-newspaper executives facing phone hacking charges but also police officers and reporters suspected of corruption over cash for stories. Casburn was convicted last month of misconduct in public office after phoning the now defunct newspaper in September 2010. Mr Justice Fulford said he had no doubt that she not only Continued on Page 6
Continued from Page 1 wanted money for her information but also offered an on-going channel of communication with the very organisation that was under police scrutiny. He rejected her claims she was just a whistle-blower angered by the diversion of counter- terrorism resources to celebrity victims of phone hacking.
"No police officer can take it on himself or herself to vent their professional frustration or disagreement in this way," said the judge at the Old Bailey.
"If the News of the World had accepted her offer it is clear Casburn would have taken the money and as a result posed a real threat to the integrity of the police investigation. "Activity of this kind is deeply damaging to the administration of criminal justice. It corrupts the public's faith in the police and can lead to acquittals or a failure to prosecute individuals.
"We are entitled to expect the very highest standards of probity from our police, particularly those at a senior level. It is a very serious matter when a person with all the benefits of privilege and responsibilities of public office abuses their position for …
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