Prison officer accused of selling stories to Mirror and News of the World journalist Stephen Moyes denies charge

A prison officer has pleaded not guilty to committing misconduct in a public office by selling stories to two national newspapers about the top security HMP Belmarsh.

Robert Norman, 53, is accused of giving journalist Stephen Moyes information while he worked for the Daily Mirror and the News of the World between 30 April, 2006, and 1 May, 2011.

The charge states he entered into an agreement with the national newspapers to be paid for the information during that time.

Norman appeared before the Old Bailey on Friday last week alongside Moyes, 40, who pleaded not guilty to inciting him to commit misconduct between 30 April, 2006, and 30 September, 2008, and intentionally encouraging an offence between 1 October, 2008, and 1 May 2011.

Moyes, of New Malden, south-west London, and Norman, of Swanscombe, Kent, were bailed to return to the Old Bailey for a three-week trial starting on 11 May next year.

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