Hacking trial told that porn was among material placed by Charlie Brooks in underground car park

The hacking trial has been told that a pornographic magazine called Lesbian Lovers and seven DVDs were among the material which placed by Charlie Brooks behind bins in an underground car park on the day his wife was arrested by police.

The bags were then allegedly taken away by Mrs Brooks’ security staff as the London property was searched, on 17 July 2011, and later returned in a black bin liner.

CCTV footage of Brooks placing material in the car park:

 

The bin liner, which contained a leather and nylon bag, was later found by a cleaner and handed in to his boss.

Cleaner Fernando Nascimento said he noticed that there was a computer in one of the bags and iPad in the other. A chequebook was found in one of the bags which was later to found to have the name “Mr and Mrs Brooks” on it.

He said he had not seen any explicit material in it.

Brooks’ lawyer Neil Saunders QC said: “ ‘If you had opened it, you would not have forgotten it because inside there was a magazine whose title was Lesbian Lovers."

Nascimento said: "I don’t understand English, the only thing I noticed were the computers." Saunders said: "There wasn’t much writing in the magazine."

The building's facilities manager made the decision to hand the material in to the police.

Rebekah Brooks, 45, of and Andy Coulson, 45, are accused of conspiring with former News of the World head of news Ian Edmondson, 44, from Raynes Park, and the tabloid's ex-managing editor Stuart Kuttner, 73, from Woodford Green, Essex, and others to illegally access voicemails between 3 October 2000 and 9 August 2006.

Ex-NotW and Sun editor Brooks is also charged with two counts of conspiring with others to commit misconduct in public office (pay public officials)  and two counts  of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice – one with her former personal assistant Cheryl Carter, 49, from Chelmsford in Essex.

The second count alleges that Brooks, her husband Charles Brooks and former head of security at News International Mark Hanna conspired together and with others between 15 and 19 July 2011 to pervert the course of justice, through hiding and moving evidence such as her notebooks.

Coulson is also facing two allegations that he conspired with the tabloid's former royal editor Clive Goodman, 56, from Addlestone in Surrey, and persons unknown to commit misconduct in public office – one between 31 August 2002 and 31 January 2003; and the other between 31 January and 3 June 2005.

Police removing evidence:

 

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