Glenn Mulcaire

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Glenn Mulcaire
Born Glenn Michael Mulcaire
(1970-09-08) 8 September 1970 (age 46)
Chelsea, England
Occupation Private investigator, former non-league footballer
Spouse(s) Alison Mulclaire
Children 5

Glenn Michael Mulcaire (born 8 September 1970)[1][2] is an English private investigator and former non-league footballer. He was closely involved in the News International phone hacking scandal, and was imprisoned for six months in 2007 for his role in phone hacking and given a six-month suspended sentence at the hacking trial of 2013–14.


Career as a footballer[edit]

Mulcaire is a former non-league footballer who played in the lower tiers of the English football league system, including a spell at the then newly formed AFC Wimbledon, when he was also known as "Trigger".[3][4][5] He previously played for Fulham youth team, Dorking, Egham Town and Harrow Borough.[2]

Mulcaire became the first man to score a goal for AFC Wimbledon when playing against Bromley in July 2002.[1][6][7]

Mulcaire played in several pre-season friendlies and for the newly formed AFC Wimbledon scoring twice (in their third and fourth games). Once the 2002/2003 season started he only started once and appeared as a substitute six times. His last match was as a sub in a 12 October 2002 Premier Challenge Cup game. He later played for and managed Netherne Village, which was regarded as the club's reserve team for the 2002/2003 season.[1][8] He left in August 2003 after sustaining an injury.[9][10]

Career as an investigator[edit]

He applied for a position with a branch of the Special Forces, hoping to progress to Defence Intelligence, but was rejected as being too young.[10] He then began work tracking individuals for private commercial intelligence assessment.[10] After doing some work for News of the World, he was urged to establish his own consultancy and work exclusively for the paper.[10]

News of the World and phone hacking scandal[edit]

In January 2007, Mulcaire was found guilty of illegally intercepting phone messages from Clarence House and imprisoned for six months after pleading guilty; his co-conspirator News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman was sentenced to four months.[11] Renewed controversy over the phone hacking scandal led to the closure of the News of the World in July 2011.[12] He publicly apologised to those affected by his activities.[13]

By August 2012, the Met, using documents obtained from raiding Mulcaire's office, had identified 4,744 potential victims of phone hacking by News of the World.[14] Since police renewed investigations in 2011, 90 people have been arrested and 16 formally charged with crimes, including Mulcaire, in conjunction with illegal acquisition of confidential information.

Mulcaire was one of the defendants in phone hacking trial of 2013–14 which lasted eight months. Mulcaire pleaded guilty and on 4 July 2014, was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for 12 months and ordered to undertake 200 hours unpaid work for the community.[15] This was the lightest sentence of all the defendants and the judge remarked that he was the lucky one, expressing his view that Mulcaire's prior sentence was "too short to reflect the full extent of your phone hacking activities".[15] At the trial, Rebekah Brooks was acquitted of all charges. Andy Coulson was found guilty and sentenced to eighteen months in prison.

Personal life[edit]

Mulcaire has been married to Alison for over 20 years and has 5 children. His grandfather served in the Irish Guards and was employed by the War Office.[10][16][17] He was born to a mother from the north-east of England and an Irish father, and raised in World's End, Chelsea.[10]

Since the phone hacking scandal, he has not been in regular employment[18][19] but received £80,000 from News of the World in a confidentiality deal related to his planned book, provisionally titled Hear to Here: The Inside Story of the Royal Household Tapes and The Murky World of the Media.[20]

In 2014, it was reported that he had been made bankrupt.[21]

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  1. ^ a b c Day, Julia (10 August 2006). "Goalscorer makes the front pages". The Guardian. The Guardian. Retrieved 7 July 2011. Scotland Yard has given Mr Mulcaire's age as 35, and have his date of birth on record as September 8, 1970. However, his company particulars registered at Companies House give his date of birth [as] August 9, 1970. 
  2. ^ a b "Glenn Mulcaire". Archived from the original on 20 August 2003. Retrieved 6 September 2011. Attacking midfielder, born in Chelsea on 8 September 1970; Debut: Inaugural game, 10 July 2002 a Sutton United; Previously with Fulham, Dorking, Egham Town, Harrow Borough; Nickname: Trigger; Attained instant cult hero status after scoring Dons first two goals, both screamers, at Dorking and Borehamwood. 
  3. ^ Brook, Stephen (29 November 2006). "Wade's phone messages tapped". The Guardian. 
  4. ^ Sabbagh, Dan (18 January 2011). Glenn Mulcaire – the man they called 'Trigger' (Embedded video). London: YouTube/The Guardian. Retrieved 7 September 2011. Watch the News of the World's former private investigator in happier times, scoring a tasty goal with the left. [...] They called him 'Trigger' as a result of that. 
  5. ^ "'Real' Wombles on the march again". Irish Independent. 14 July 2001. Retrieved 7 September 2011. Trigger is a shadowy figure who, said his dad in the bar, works for an agency which works for British intelligence agency MI5. So secretive is his employment that even dad doesn't have his phone number though he does possess a press cutting of Trigger's last moment in the limelight, playing up front for Croydon Athletic. [...] AFC Wimbledon a mere seven promotions away from the Premiership and Trigger less than a decade away from becoming a household name. 
  6. ^ Harris, Nick (31 July 2011). "'We do things right here...' AFC Wimbledon promise to play it straight in the Football League". The Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 6 September 2011. On July 17, 2002, AFC went to Bromley [...] in the 48th minute a certain Glenn Mulcaire – then known by his nickname, Trigger – hit a stunning left-footed volley into the top corner to score the first goal of the new era. 
  7. ^ Crane, Rob (10 July 2002). "Match report Wednesday, 10 July 2002 Pre-season friendly Bromley 2 – 1 AFC Wimbledon". AFC Wimbledon. Archived from the original on 5 June 2003. Retrieved 6 September 2011. [To] see Glen 'Trigger' Mulcaire connect with a volley from 30 yards out which flew over Shimmel and into the top right hand corner of the net. Cue scenes of mass celebration, both on the pitch and on the terraces. 
  8. ^ "The DonsOnline Hall of Fame". Retrieved 6 September 2011. Another player from the first match against Sutton Utd, he was introduced to the expectant fans as 'the man they call Trigger'. He scored AFC Wimbledon's first goal at Bromley. Trigger 'got us' completely and, when his first team days were over, took on the management of the Reserves. Popular with supporters and players alike, the lanky striker will always have a place in Wimbledon history. 
  9. ^ "Trigger Leaves the Club". 8 August 2003. Retrieved 6 September 2011. The Official site today announce the resignation of Glen "Trigger" Mulcaire as AFC Wimbledon reserve team manager. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f Burden, Peter (19 July 2009). "'NoW' hacker had beans to spill and a crust to earn". The Independent. London. Retrieved 6 September 2011. [...] trying to support a wife, mortgage and five children. [...] Born to a no-nonsense mother from the North-east and a volatile Irish father, a dustman, Mulcaire was raised in a council tower block in Chelsea's World's End. [...] Hoping to find his way into the national intelligence services, he applied to join a branch of the special forces but was rejected as too young. Mulcaire had been a youth footballer with Fulham, and throughout his twenties he played for non-league teams before retiring through injury. After his football career, he started working for a private intelligence-gathering company, establishing the whereabouts or identity of individuals for business purposes [...] Once he had done some work for the News of the World, the paper recognised his exceptional ability, and in 2003, at the age of 33, he was urged to set up his own outfit and work under contract exclusively for the paper. 
  11. ^ Tryhorn, Chris (26 January 2007). "Clive Goodman sentenced to four months". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 January 2007. 
  12. ^ "News of the World to close amid hacking scandal". BBC News. 7 July 2011. 
  13. ^ Davies, Nick (5 July 2011). "Phone hacking: Glenn Mulcaire blames 'relentless pressure' by NoW for actions". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 7 September 2011. [...] has issued a public apology to all those who have been hurt or upset by his activity. [...] "I want to apologise to anybody who was hurt or upset by what I have done", he said, adding that he had worked at the NoW under "constant demand for results". 
  14. ^ Deans, Jason and Lisa O'Carroll (4 September 2012). "Phone-hacking investigations and prosecutions 'could take three years'". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  15. ^ a b "Justice Saunders Sentencing Remarks at the Hacking Trial". Fothom. 4 July 2014. 
  16. ^ Barnes, Kevin (2 February 2007). "Royal voicemail hacker gets jail". Wimbledon Guardian. 
  17. ^ Millar, Lisa (21 July 2011). "Cameron expands phone hacking inquiry". ABC Online. Retrieved 6 September 2011. Glenn Mulcaire who lives with his wife and five children [...] 
  18. ^ Hanning, James (5 September 2010). "Is Coulson the most dangerous man in Britain? (As the NoW might say)". The Independent. London. Retrieved 6 September 2011. Mulcaire, a former professional footballer, lives, jobless, in south London with his wife and five children, seemingly mortified by his past. 
  19. ^ Robinson, James (11 February 2011). "Phone hacker Glenn Mulcaire fined £1000 for drink-driving". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 6 September 2011. [...] the former private investigator at the centre of the phone-hacking scandal described the drink-driving incident as "a blip" and said he was trying to turn his life around. [...] said before the hearing he was a "reformed character" determined to put the phone-hacking affair behind him. [...] said the ordeal had made him a better man and insisted: "If I was given the chance to turn back the clock to one minute before I was arrested [in 2006] I wouldn't." He added he had gone through a "road to Damascus" experience. [...] Mulcaire told magistrates he had driven a quarter of a mile from a local pub to his home in Cheam late one evening last month because his eldest daughter had a medical emergency. [...] Although Mulcaire said outside the courtroom that he was not in work, he was told by magistrates his income had been taken into account when deciding the size of the fine, which was close to the maximum for the offence. 
  20. ^ Hughes, Mark; Milmo, Cahal (8 September 2010). "Glenn Mulcaire: In his own words, private detective at heart of phone-tapping scandal". The Independent. Retrieved 7 September 2011. The book, provisionally titled Hear to Here: The Inside Story of the Royal Household Tapes and The Murky World of the Media, was never published because Mulcaire signed an £80,000 confidentiality agreement with the News of the World after he sued for wrongful dismissal following his conviction. 
  21. ^ O'Carroll, Lisa (30 June 2014). "Phone hacker Glenn Mulcaire bankrupt over tax on News of the World earnings". The Guardian. 

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