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Sky New boss on 'vital' John Darwin investigation

The head of Sky News has described the investigation by reporter Gerald Tubb into the Darwin "canoe death" case.

John Ryley said he was told that evidence obtained by Mr Tubb's hacking was "vital, it was pivotal" in the prosecution against John Darwin, who had faked his own death, and his wife.

The Leveson Inquiry has heard how Mr Tubb learned from a "source close to the prosecution" that an email account used by Mr Darwin was not going to be used as evidence.

Mr Ryley said Mr Tubb had accessed the account in June 2008 while working on a "court backgrounder" to go out at the conclusion of the trial.

"John Darwin had been using emails to go about his business in the five years that he had disappeared."

Ten days after accessing the account, the findings were reported to the police.

  • 23 Apr 2012
  • From the section UK
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