Hacking jury retire to consider verdicts

Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks.
Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks. Credit: PA

The jury in the hacking trial has retired to consider their verdicts at the Old Bailey.

Former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson are accused of being part of the conspiracy dating back to 2000 and spanning six years.

The pair are also accused of authorising corrupt payments to public officials while Brooks faces a further charge of perverting the course of justice.

Brooks' husband Charlie, PA Cheryl Carter and New International's former head of security Mark Hanna also face charges they perverted the course of justice.

Also in the dock are the News of the World's royal editor Clive Goodman, who is alleged to have paid police officers for stories.

While the paper's retired managing editor Stuart Kuttner is accused of being part of the phone hacking conspiracy. All deny the charges.