Coulson guilty and Brooks cleared of phone hacking

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Former No 10 spin doctor Andy Coulson has been found guilty of plotting to hack phones while he was editor of the News of the World.

Coulson, who was forced to resign as Prime Minister David Cameron’s director of communications over the scandal, now faces the possibility of jail following the high-profile trial at the Old Bailey.

Andy Coulson. Pic Getty

Andy Coulson. Pic Getty

But the jury of eight women and three men cleared ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks of all charges.

Brooks was overcome by emotion on hearing the verdicts and was taken away by the court matron.

Retired managing editor Stuart Kuttner was also cleared of being part of a conspiracy dating back to 2000 and spanning six years.

Brooks’s former personal assistant Cheryl Carter was cleared of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Brooks’s husband Charlie and NI director of security Mark Hanna were also cleared of perverting the course of justice.

But the jury, which has been considering verdicts since Wednesday, June 11, is still considering further charges against Coulson and former NotW royal editor Clive Goodman of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office by paying police officers for two royal directories.