Jury retires to consider verdict in hacking trial

Wednesday 11 June 2014 16.51
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Andy Coulson is also accused of two counts of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office
Andy Coulson is also accused of two counts of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office
Rebekah Brooks is also charged with perverting the course of justice by hiding evidence from police
Rebekah Brooks is also charged with perverting the course of justice by hiding evidence from police

The jury in the trial of the ex-News of the World bosses accused of plotting to hack phones in the pursuit of stories has retired to consider its verdicts.

Ex-editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson are accused of being part of the conspiracy dating back to 2000 and spanning over six years.

The eight women and three men of the jury have listened to the evidence over 130 days in what has been described as the trial of the century.

Mr Coulson, a former government spin-doctor, 46, is also accused of two counts of conspiring with former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman to commit misconduct in a public office by paying police officers for two royal directories.

Ms Brooks, also 46, faces the same charge over signing off payments to a Sun journalist's military contact between 2004 and 2012.

The ex-News International chief executive is also accused of plotting with her former personal assistant Cheryl Carter, 50, to pervert the course of justice by removing seven boxes from the company archive just days before she was arrested in 2011.

Ms Brooks is further charged with perverting the course of justice by hiding potential evidence from police in July 2011.

Both Mr Coulson and Ms Brooks deny the charges against them.