Heir 'hired firm to spy on wife'

Thursday, 26 April 2007, 12:06 AM EST

American banking heir Matthew Mellon paid private detectives to hack into the e-mails of his estranged wife prior to their divorce, a court was told.

He asked the "Hackers Are Us" branch of Active Investigation Services (AIS) to snoop on spouse Tamara, head of the Jimmy Choo shoe empire, jurors heard. The prosecution claimed Mr Mellon, 43, was looking for information "he was not getting through the court process".

At the BBC.

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