LONDON Jan 15 A bag which prosecutors say
Charlie Brooks, whose wife Rebekah ran Rupert Murdoch's British
newspaper arm, tried to hide from police investigating
phone-hacking allegations contained a magazine entitled "Lesbian
Lovers", a court heard on Wednesday.
The revelation from Charlie Brooks' lawyer prompted laughter
in London's Old Bailey central criminal court which is in the
10th week of hearing allegations centred on senior figures from
Murdoch's News International.
One of the charges involves accusations Charlie and Rebekah
Brooks and their security team arranged an elaborate plan to
hide two bags containing computers and other material from
detectives before they searched the couple's London apartment.
The court heard the plan failed when the bags were found by
cleaner Fernando Nascimento behind a bin in the flat's
underground parking lot.
During cross-examination to determine just what the bags had
contained, Charlie Brooks' lawyer Neil Saunders asked him if he
had looked inside a padded envelope, saying it contained the
Lesbian Lovers magazine and some DVDs whose titles were not
"There wasn't much writing in it," Saunders said of the
magazine, prompting laughs across the usually sombre courtroom.
"If I had seen it, maybe I would have taken it," the cleaner
replied through his translator when asked why he could not
remember seeing the magazine.
Both Charlie and Rebekah Brooks deny conspiracy to pervert
the course of justice by hiding material from detectives. Brooks
also denies conspiracy to hack phones and authorising illegal
payments to public officials.
Their trial and that of five others is expected to last
until at least April.