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Ex-Sun reporter pleads not guilty to charge of hacking smartphone

February 8, 2014

Lisa O'Carroll,

A former Sun reporter is to face trial over allegations of unlawfully possessing a mobile phone and hacking into its files after he pleaded not guilty to both charges on Friday.

Ben Ashford, 34, from Coulsdon in south London, is the first person to be tried of offences related to Scotland Yard's investigation into computer hacking, Operation Tuleta, which defines a smartphone as a computer.

He entered his plea at the Old Bailey, denying "possession of criminal property, a mobile phone" said to have belonged to model Emma Murray for five days between 11 and 16 October 2009.

He also pleaded not guilty to a second "securing unauthorised access to computer material".

It is alleged that between 11 and 16 October 2009, he "caused a computer to perform a function with intent to secure unauthorised access to a program or data held on the computer".

Ashford was released on unconditional bail with a trial date to be set later.

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Source: Guardian Web

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