A mother who worked closely with the News of the World newspaper to introduce a law following her daughter’s murder may be the latest victim of the phone-hacking scandal.
Sara Payne jointly campaigned with the paper for Sarah’s Law, named after her child, after the little girl was killed by a paedophile in 2000. The law gave parents the right to information on convicted paedophiles living in their local area.
Now it has emerged Sara Payne’s phone may have been compromised by Glenn Mulcaire. Mulcaire worked for the paper and has already spent time in prison for hacking related to the British Royal family.
According to the Guardian newspaper, it’s believed police have evidence that the phone that was hacked was given to Payne by the News of the World’s editor at the time, Rebekah Brooks.
Brooks said she has no knowledge of this latest accusation and that she was particularly upset by it, as she considered Sara Payne a friend.
Payne had even written an article in the last ever edition of the News of the World in which she praised the newspaper’s staff as “good and trusted friends.”
The News of the World was closed earlier this month as a direct result of the phone hacking scandal engulfing it.
This latest development comes as a British judge opened an inquiry into the scandal on Thursday. Given the go-ahead by Prime Minister David Cameron, it has a deadline of one year to investigate and present its findings.