It doesn’t get much worse than this, but no story I’ve ever highlighted demonstrates better than this one what kind of society we now live in.
A senior Met Police detective has been convicted of trying to sell information on the phone-hacking probe to the tabloid at the centre of the scandal.
Det Ch Insp April Casburn, 53, from Essex, called the News of the World after the investigation into hacking by the newspaper reopened in 2010.
The counter-terrorism officer was found guilty of misconduct in public office.
Her case was the first prosecution under Operation Elveden, the probe into payments by journalists to officials.
The Sunday tabloid was closed down in 2011 amid outrage over its hacking into the voicemails.
Casburn has been released on bail ahead of sentencing at Southwark Crown Court.
The judge, Mr Justice Fulford, was told she is currently in the process of adopting a three-year-old child.
He said: “A real possibility is an immediate custodial sentence, but I’m obviously going to have to consider very carefully the issues that we’ve ventilated this afternoon and any other mitigation.”
Let’s get this right. A senior Metropolitan policewoman has been found guilty of trying to sell info and gossip on the hacking of the phones of murdered schoolkids and their grieving relatives to the very newspaper under criminal investigation for it.
And she’s likely going to be spared jail because she’s in the process of adopting a child…
Meanwhile, dead celebrities are being dug out of their graves by the police (literally) and put on show trial for alleged ‘paedophile’ crimes concerning sexually aware teenage groupies dating back half-a-century.
Ahh fuckit, I’m off to make a cuppa and listen to some Mozart.