Colin Stagg sues News Int over phone-hacking

Colin Stagg, a former murder suspect in the killing of model Rachel Nickell, has become the latest person to sue News International over allegations relating to the phone-hacking scandal.

Nickell was stabbed 49 times before her body was found on Wimbledon Common in July 1992 by a passerby.

Stagg was arrested and spent a year in custody before the case against him collapsed. Years later he won a public apology and £706,000 in compensation from police.

Nickell’s death remained one of the most notorious unsolved crimes in the UK for around 16 years.

Eventually Robert Napper admitted manslaughter due to diminished responsibility and was ordered to be detained indefinitely at top security hospital Broadmoor in 2008.

It emerged yesterday that Cherie Blair, the wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, is also suing News International and Glenn Mulcaire over allegations that her mobile phone messages were listened to

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