A top British detective was this week found guilty of trying to sell information to a Rupert Murdoch tabloid and therefore becoming the first conviction of the charges to the major phone hacking scandal since a police investigation which happened 2 years ago. The detective, April Casburn who is a top counterterrorism detective was charged with misconduct for phoning the News of the World and offering to pass on information about whether London’s police force would reopen the stalled phone-hacking investigation. Despite the phone call, the police have stated that no tabloid printed any story on the subject and no money was paid, however, they did say Casburn had committed a “gross breach” of the public trust by offering to sell the information. The police have now stated that selling confidential information to journalists for personal gain would not be tolerated. The statement said the detective had “abused” her police position. April Casburn managed the a Metropolitan Police terrorist financing investigation unit yet admitted contacting the newspaper however, denied that she offered confidential information or sought payment.  She was found guilty at Southwark Crown Court on one count of misconduct and will be subsequently sentenced this month.

April Casburn is one of many charged in the long running Great British phone hacking scandal, one man who was charged being David Cameron’s former communications chief. It has involved allegations of illegal snooping on celebrities, crime victims, politicians and others. Media mogul Murdoch closed the News of the World tabloid in July 2011 after many of its misdeeds were exposed. The News of the World editor, Tim Wood, told the court of how Casburn expressed concern that counterterrorism resources were being diverted to the phone-hacking investigation. He then also stated that she complained of interference from former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, a prominent hacking victim and vocal Murdoch critic. “The one thing that stands out in my mind is the fact that she kept going on about Lord Prescott,” Wood said. “Her saying that he was pressing for them to put charges on the News of the World, and she was saying that she felt it was wrong that he was interfering in the scandal, so to speak, and she resented that.”