Rooney vs Vardy case sees WAGS’ lawyers clash over ‘deleting evidence’ claims
Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney's lawyers have clashed over claims Mrs Vardy "destroyed evidence" ahead of the libel trial.
Jamie Vardy's wife Rebekah, 40, and 36 year old Coleen have begun their libel trial on Tuesday 10 May, as Rebekah is suing Wayne Rooney's wife.
Rebekah's Instagram account was accused of leaking Coleen's private Instagram stories to the press in October 2019, following a "sting operation" carried out by Wayne Rooney's wife.
The I'm A Celeb star has vehemently denied the claims and is now suing Coleen for libel and is requesting an injunction to stop Coleen repeating the claims.
As the High Court trial kicked off on Tuesday 10 May, Coleen's barrister David Sherborne accused Rebekah of conducting a "deliberate and calculated" campaign to "destroy evidence" prior to the hearing.
Coleen's lawyers claimed potentially important messages involving Becky had been deleted. Mr Sherborne also pointed to an unfortunate incident where Rebekah's PR agent Caroline Watt had dropped her mobile phone off the side of a boat in the North Sea.
He also discussed how Rebekah's IT expert lost the password to a backup of her WhatsApp account.
In a written submission, Mr Sherborne argued the string of mishaps were not "unfortunate" incidents, but were part of a "deliberate and calculated" campaign by Rebekah and her team.
He said: "The defendant has shown that, despite the deliberate destruction of evidence by the claimant and Ms Watt, despite obstruction and obfuscation to try to hide relevant documents, and despite the lies of both the claimant and Ms Watt, it is clear, at least on the balance of probabilities, which is all that is necessary, that the leaks arose from the habitual and established practice of the claimant: leaking information about those she knew via Ms Watt to The Sun and others.
"This was a sustained betrayal of the defendant's trust."
However, Rebekah's lawyer, Hugh Tomlinson QC, insisted the "conspiracy" that the Dancing on Ice star was involved in a "campaign of deletion" of evidence is "completely baseless".
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He said: "A suggestion that Mrs Vardy and her agent were involved in a 'conspiracy' and 'campaign of deletion' in relation to evidence in the case is 'completely baseless."
Mr Tomlinson added to the court that it had not been suggested Mrs Vardy was "anywhere near the North Sea at the time" nor that she "knew anything about it".
He argued there was "credible, ordinary, boring explanation" behind why the media files on Rebekah's WhatsApp were not available.
The trial continues.
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