Published On: Sun, Feb 10th, 2013

Prison Sentence For A Senior Detective


A senior detective has been given a 15 month prison sentence because he was found guilty of offering to sell information to the newspaper, News of the World.

Detective Chief Inspector, April Casburn, of Terling Road, Hatfield Peverel, was a counter-terrorism detective, and has been the first person to be convicted as fresh investigations into the corruption and the phone hacking at the newspaper.Metropolitan Police Service

April Casburn, 53, was given her sentence at the Old Bailey on Friday for misconduct in public office. She had denied the charge but was convicted after the trial.

As the trial was taking place, she admitted that she had contacted the News of the World paper back in September 2010, claiming that she was worried that resources for fighting terrorism might be wasted on the phone hacking inquiry, to which her colleagues saw it as “a bit of a jolly”.

It was said in court that she had told the tabloid’s newsdesk, that six people were under investigation, but no money changed hands and the information had not been printed.

Mr Justice Fulford told her it was “a corrupt attempt to make money out of sensitive and potentially very damaging information”. He said she would have been jailed for three years had she not been in the process of adopting a child.

He then added: “If the News of the World had accepted her offer, it’s clear, in my view, Ms Casburn would have taken the money and, as a result, she posed a significant threat to the integrity of this important police investigation.”

A statement was made by the Met Police and said: “There is no place for corrupt officers or staff in the Metropolitan Police Service. April Casburn proactively approached the News of the World, the very newspaper being investigated, to make money. She betrayed the service and let down her colleagues. Fortunately this type of behaviour is rare, but we hope today’s verdict shows the public can have confidence that the service holds itself to account.”

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