Sheffield MP’s voicemails played to jurors in phone hacking trial

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Furious voicemail messages left by Sheffield MP and former Home Secretary David Blunkett in the wake of false press reports about his relationship with a female friend have been played to jurors in the phone hacking trial.

The Old Bailey was played recordings in which the politician said he hoped whoever had leaked information to the media would ‘rot in hell’.

In one message left on his friend Sally Anderson’s phone, he said: “Someone very, very close has done a really phenomenal piece of work on destroying both our lives at this moment in time and it’s vile.

“Whoever it is I hope they rot in hell.”

The jury was played recordings of a series of messages that were seized from the home of private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, in which Mr Blunkett repeatedly says the media storm over the false affair claims was ‘vile’.

It is claimed the messages were illegally accessed on behalf of journalists at the now-closed News of the World.

Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, 45, of Churchill, Oxfordshire; ex-spin doctor Andy Coulson, also 45, from Charing in Kent; former NotW head of news Ian Edmondson, 44, from Raynes Park, south west London; and the tabloid’s ex-managing editor Stuart Kuttner, 73, from Woodford Green, Essex, are all on trial accused of conspiring with others to hack phones between October 2000 and August 2006.

In one message, Mr Blunkett says: “I do think that someone has done a pretty good stitch-up job, chapter and verse, times, places, everything. That’s pretty sophisticated to say the least.”

Prosecutor Andrew Edis QC read statements that Mr Blunkett made to police, saying that his messages were ‘intended for Sally Anderson and for her alone’.

Mr Blunkett successfully sued the People over an article it ran incorrectly claiming that the pair had a sexual relationship and that he had made her pregnant.