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CPS charging announcement in relation to Daniel Evans

03/09/2013

Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer with the Crown Prosecution Service, whose team handles CPS decision making and potential prosecutions in relation to the ongoing phone hacking investigations and other related matters, said: "The CPS has concluded there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Daniel Evans with four offences in connection with the phone hacking investigations.

"The charges, which relate to both Operations Weeting and Elveden, are as follows:

  • Charge 1: Between 28 February 2003 and 1 January 2005, conspired with others to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of well-known people and those associated with them. 

          Contrary to s.1(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977

  • Charge 2: Between 30 April 2004 and 1 June 2010, conspired with others to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of well-known people and those associated with them. 

          Contrary to s.1(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977

  • Charge 3: Between 1 January 2008 and 1 June 2010, conspired with others to commit misconduct in public office.  

          Contrary to s.1(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977

  • Charge 4: Between 21 June 2009 and 30 April 2010, committed an act which had a tendency to pervert the course of justice, namely making a false witness statement in connection with proceedings before the High Court of England and Wales.

          Contrary to common law

"All of these matters were considered carefully in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and the DPP's guidelines on the public interest in cases affecting the media. These guidelines ask prosecutors to consider whether the public interest served by the conduct in question outweighs the overall criminality before bringing criminal proceedings.

"Accordingly, we have authorised the institution of proceedings against Daniel Evans and he will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on 4 September 2013.

"May I remind all concerned that proceedings for criminal offences involving this individual will now be commenced and he has a right to a fair trial.

"It is very important that nothing is said, or reported, which could prejudice this. For these reasons it would be inappropriate for me to comment further."

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Notes to Editors

  1. For media enquiries call the CPS Press Office on 020 3357 0906; Out of Hours Pager 07699 781 926
  2. The DPP has set out what the public can expect from the CPS in the Core Quality Standards document published in March 2010.
  3. The CPS consists of 13 Areas in total, each headed by a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP). In addition, there are three specialised national divisions: Central Fraud Division, Special Crime and Counter Terrorism, and Organised Crime. In 2011-2012, The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Department of Health (DoH) prosecution functions were transferred to the CPS. A telephone service, CPS Direct, provides out-of-hours advice and decisions to police officers across England and Wales.
  4. In 2012-2013 the CPS employed around 6840 people (full time equivalent as at March 2013) and prosecuted 804,959 cases with 97,182 of these in the Crown Court, and the remaining 707,777 in the magistrates' courts. Of those we prosecuted, 78,387 defendants were convicted in the Crown Court and 610,213 in the magistrates' courts. In total 85.5% of cases prosecuted resulted in a conviction. Further information can be found on the CPS website.
  5. The CPS, together with ACPO and media representatives, has developed a Protocol for the release of prosecution material to the media. This sets out the type of prosecution material that will normally be released, or considered for release, together with the factors we will take into account when considering requests. Read the Protocol for the release of prosecution material to the media.