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Kate McCann: I Was Mentally Raped By News Of The World

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Kate McCann, the mother of missing Madeleine, felt like she'd been "mentally raped" after details from her private diary were printed in News of the World, it has emerged.

The Leveson Inquiry heard from the lawyers of McCann who described how the diary went missing after a police search in 2007.

In September the following year News of the World published the personal details in a piece headlined: Kate's Diary: In Her Own Words".

David Sherborne, the McCann's lawyer, told the inquiry: "How did the News of the World get this from the police? We may never know now.

"The publication of this material with a picture on the front page suggesting she had provided this herself left her feeling mentally raped, her husband says, and is it any wonder?"

The Leveson Inquiry will next week hear from witnesses including JK Rowling, Hugh Grant, Charlotte Church and Bob and Sally Dowler, the parents of Milly Dowler, whose mobile was hacked by News of the World.

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