Reporter Dan Evans Told To 'Jump Off Cliff' If He Couldn't Make Front Page Headlines, Hacking Trial Hears

A tabloid reporter who revealed the affair between Sienna Miller and Daniel Craig has described how he was told to "jump off a cliff" if he did not find a good story.

Dan Evans told the phone hacking trial at the Old Bailey that he was being bullied to come up with front page stories.

He told the court: "I remember being monstered by (NotW journalist). He sent me an email saying 'If you do not come up with a front page story you might as well jump off a cliff'."

Ex-Sunday Mirror and NoW reporter Dan Evans leaves the Old Bailey

He set to work hacking phones, and hacked into James Bond star Daniel Craig's voicemail.

He told the court: "I heard a female voice saying 'Hi, it's me. Cannot speak, I'm at the Groucho with Jude'."

He checked the number on his database and found it was Sienna Miller's, he said.

The following Tuesday, he went to work "wagging my tail" and telling the journalist: "Did you know Sienna Miller is having an affair with Daniel Craig?"

He put together a story to show then-editor Andy Coulson, who is on trial. He denies conspiring to hack phones and conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office.

Another NotW journalist was onto the same story, proving corroboration to run it in the paper.

Asked by the prosecutor what the response was to the Sienna story, he said: "They said good work. (NotW journalist) said to me 'You are a company man now'."

Evans was told by Coulson to make a copy of his recorded voicemail message, put it in a Jiffy bag and take it to reception so it would look like it had been dropped off anonymously.

Then another NotW journalist picked it up with 'mock surprise' saying 'look what I've found', Evans said.

Evans then knocked on Craig's door and confronted him with the story, to which Craig said: 'no, no, no it's not true', the court heard.

Because of the denial, the story was held over for the following week for more work, he said.

Evans listened into another voicemail to Craig from Jude Law saying: "Thanks mate. I hope Saski (his girlfriend Satsuki Mitchell) doesn't find out."

The story was run past Law's public relations executive who "approved" it and it ran in the NotW the following week in October 2005, Evans told the court.

In court on Tuesday, Evans publicly apologised to all involved.

Evans joined the News of the World in 2005 after he was poached from the Sunday Mirror largely for his hacking skills to "bring big exclusives cheaply", the court heard.

Shortly after joining the News of the World, Evans claimed expenses for phone kit to hack into voicemails, he told the hacking trial earlier.

Evans identified an expenses sheet for two phones, two sim cards and £200 in credits in February 2005, just after he joined the News of the World.

Asked by prosecutor Andrew Edis QC what the purpose of the kit was, he replied: "For untraceable interception of voicemail."

The hacking trial was told the claim was signed by two senior staff members and paid out in cash.

The court heard that Evans has already admitted conspiracy to hack phones at the Sunday Mirror between February 2003 and January 2005, and the same offence at the News of the World between April 2004 and June 2010.

He also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office between January 2008 and June 2010, and perverting the course of justice by giving a false statement in High Court proceedings.

Asked by Edis who knew about hacking from Evans's direct personal knowledge and experience, the witness gave 10 names of NotW staff, including Coulson.

He also told the court more about his own hacking activities, including picking up a story from Craig's voicemail about actress Eva Green being a new Bond girl, and a story about footballer Sol Campbell and designer Kelly Hoppen. He also admitted hacking the voicemail of Shane Richie and Jenson Button.

All seven defendants in the ongoing hacking trial, including former Sun and News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks, deny all the charges against them.

Evans also described how in August 2006 journalist Clive Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire were investigated by police.

He told the hacking trial at the Old Bailey: "Everybody was on tenter hooks. There was a lot of fear and anxiety around. A lot of people were preparing to cover their tracks."

He said a senior staff member told him "it goes without saying no more hooky stuff" referring to hacking.

"There was a palpable sense of shock. I proceeded to start getting rid of all the evidence I could possibly get my hands on."

That included notebooks and tapes of recorded voicemails, he said.

All hacking activity stopped after the arrests, but Evans said he did on a few occasions hack into the phones of PR executive Ian Monk and footballer Steven Gerrard's agent Struan Marshall.

The trial continues.