September 25

Fake Sheikh reporter Mazher Mahmood will not give evidence in trial over

first_imgThe Old Bailey has heard that The Sun’s undercover journalist had a meeting with the singer at the Metropolitan Hotel in London, posing as a film producer keen to discuss a role alongside Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio.Miss Contostavlos had allegedly arranged for Mahmood to be sold half-an-ounce of cocaine by one of her contacts for £800 in May 2013. Undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood (centre) at the Old Bailey with his face covered But the N-Dubz star’s trial was thrown out of court after Smith changed his police statement to remove comments she allegedly made expressing disapproval of hard drugs.She had allegedly said she had a family member with a drug problem as Smith drove her home to Potters Bar in Hertfordshire after the meeting with Mahmood.Mahmood, of Purley, south London, and Smith, from Dereham, Norfolk, deny conspiring to pervert the course of justice.Mahmood’s lawyer, John Kelsey-Fry QC, told jurors that his client would not be going into the witness box.Trevor Burke QC followed suit and said he would be calling no evidence for Smith. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The lawyer suggested that Mahmood had wanted to “show off” to his employers and prove that he “deserved the title of King of the Sting”.The lawyer went on to say that Mahmood’s methods had been put on trial over the question of entrapment. Mazher Mahmood, the reporter known as the Fake Sheikh, has declined to give evidence in his trial for allegedly tampering with evidence in the case of pop star Tulisa Contostavlos.The 53-year-old and his driver, Alan Smith, 67, are accused over their role in the collapse of the former X Factor judge’s drugs case in July 2014. Retired driver Alan Smith arrives at the Old Bailey on WednesdayCredit:Philip Toscano/PA Alan Smith Undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood (centre) at the Old Bailey with his face coveredCredit:John Stillwell/PA And so Miss Contostavlos’s disapproval of hard drugs was “airbrushed out” after Smith emailed his statement to Mahmood, Ms Forshaw said.She added: “You may think these men have concluded their best chance of being found not guilty is to say nothing.” Pre-trial legal argument risked him being “exposed” as a “trickster” rather than the “swashbuckling hero” he wanted to be, she said.Smith’s initial statement to police which included the pop star’s anti-drugs comments had posed a problem for the journalist, the court heard. Alan Smith (left) and Mazher Mahmood are pictured in the dock at the Old Bailey in a court artist sketchCredit:Elizabeth Cook/PA Alan Smith (left) and Mazher Mahmood are pictured in the dock at the Old Bailey in a court artist sketch In her closing speech, prosecutor Sarah Forshaw QC said: “If they were innocent men with nothing to hide, wouldn’t they be shouting it from the rooftops?”Ms Forshaw told jurors: “When you put them all together, they altogether lead you to the compelling inference that these two men put their heads together to change that statement – a compelling inference that demands an explanation and you have had none.” If they were innocent men with nothing to hide, wouldn’t they be shouting it from the rooftops?Prosecutor Sarah Forshaw QClast_img


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