#Leveson Inquiry :DAMNING Daniel Morgan Testimony : Claims the News of the World was trying to disrupt the investigation into the death of Daniel Morgan
The TV host wife of the detective who led the last inquiry into the murder of Welsh private detective Daniel Morgan has told the Leveson inquiry into newspaper standards about being targeted by News of the World.
Crimewatch presenter Jacqui Hames was spied on by the paper while her husband Detective Dave Cook led the 2002 review of the 1987 slaying of the private eye from Cwmbran. Today Ms Hames told the inquiry how an email was sent to Crimewatch falsely suggesting she was having an affair with a police officer.
At the time of the surveillance News International’s Rebekah Brooks told Met PR boss, Dick Fedorcio, Hames and Cook were being watched because they were having an affair. Hames said: “I cannot think of one reason why that would be, in any shape or form, a valid reason to (put) us under surveillance.
“We had been together for 11 years, we were a well known couple, it wouldn’t have taken much to completely refute the allegation.”
She called the excuse “absolutely pathetic” and claimed the real reason for surveillance was her husband’s involvement in the Morgan case.
The presenter insisted News of the World wanted to derail the case.
One of the suspects at the centre of the investigation was Jonathan Rees – a former business partner of Morgan used by NOTW to get information from corrupt cops.
Hames told the inquiry as part of the surveillance her email was tampered with, and people tried to get financial information.
She claimed her husband was unhappy about the surveillance and “finally a meeting was agreed” between his commanding officer, Dick Fedorcio and Rebekah Brooks. This was “to try and elicit what was going on and what she was going to do about it.”
She said: “I understand she (Brooks) just continued along the line she was investigating we were having some sort of affair and nothing else was heard.”