Crime

Former News of the World royal reporter conviction quashed by Court of Appeal

Court of Appeal at Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand at the top of Fleet Street. Image: LondonMMNews.

Court of Appeal at Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand at the top of Fleet Street. Image: LondonMMNews.

A former News of the World royal reporter who was found guilty of getting scoops from one of Prince Harry’s comrades has had his conviction quashed.

While working at the now-defunct Sunday tabloid, 35 year old Ryan Sabey was accused of cultivating his contact Paul Brunt who was in the same regiment as the young royal.

Mr Sabey was found guilty of aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office following an Old Bailey trial.

At the Court of Appeal, the Lord Chief Justice quashed the conviction on the grounds that the jury was misdirected by the trial judge.

Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders has already announced she would not pursue his case.

Lord Thomas confirmed there would be no retrial.




 

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