In a shocking development in the News Corp, phone-hacking scandal in the U.K., it’s been revealed that a second murdered girl’s family had a phone targeted for hacking by a now-closed tabloid newspaper owned by News Corp.
"Sara Payne, whose eight-year-old daughter Sarah was abducted and murdered in July 2000, has been told by Scotland Yard that they have found evidence to suggest she was targeted by the News of the World’s investigator Glenn Mulcaire, who specialised in hacking voicemail," reports The Guardian.
Furthermore, the report says, "The evidence that police have found in Mulcaire’s notes is believed to relate to a phone given to Payne by [then editor of News of the World Rebekah] Brooks to help her stay in touch with her supporters.
Brooks who most recently was the top executive of News Corp.’s U.K. subsidiary, News International, resigned that post earlier this month in the wake of the scandal.
The Guardian story adds: "On Thursday night Brooks insisted the phone had not been a personal gift but had been provided to Payne by the News of the World ‘for the benefit of the campaign for Sarah’s law.’ In a statement, Brooks said the latest allegations were ‘abhorrent’ and ‘particularly upsetting’ because Sara Payne was a ‘dear friend.’ "
The article also notes: "It is not known whether any messages for Payne were successfully hacked by Mulcaire."
The latest revelation comes after the previous disclosure "that the News of the World hacked and deleted the voicemail of the murdered Surrey schoolgirl Milly Dowler," the article notes. News Corp. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch recently personally apologized to the Dowler family for that incident.
The story adds, "The Labour [Member of Parliament] Tom Watson, who has been an outspoken critic of News International, said of the Payne allegation: "This is a new low. The last edition of the News of the World made great play of the paper’s relationship with the Payne family. Brooks talked about it at the committee inquiry. Now this. I have nothing but contempt for the people that did this."