This is a few days old, but the quick answer is “Yes.”
Police made a discovery that the phone of Sara Payne had been hacked, or was on a list alleged to have been hacked, by News of the World.
In case the name rings no bells, Sara Payne is the mother of Sarah Payne, the 8-year old girl abducted and murdered by convicted pedophile Roy Whiting in 2000. The murder was so heinous and caused such outrage that it prompted adoption of a new law making it public the whereabouts of convicted pedophiles to serve as a warning for parents with children living within a given area of the pedophile. The campaign to get this law on the books was News of the World, championed by then-editor Rebekah Brooks. The law was eventually enacted and became known as Sarah’s Law in honor of the slain girl.
Sara Payne became quite close, not only with Rebekah Brooks but with The News of the World and they maintained close personal ties over the years.
News of the World — which was run by Sara Payne’s “friend” News International CEO Rebekah Brooks — gave the phone to the grieving mother as a gift. So apparently for News of the World, it turned out to be a gift that kept on giving.
- Rupertgate Thursday – “A New Low”. (crooksandliars.com)
- News of the World Hacked Into Phone Of Sara Payne, Mother Of Sarah Payne, Abducted And Murdered Girl (huffingtonpost.com)
- Sara Payne: I’m upset but still have faith in those who helped me (thesun.co.uk)
- Another Crime Victim Hacked By Tabloid (abcnews.go.com)
- Sara Payne ‘devastated’ at claims (mirror.co.uk)