As it happened - Phone-hacking jury returns partial verdicts

Key points

  • Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson found guilty of conspiring to hack phones with others between 2000 and 2006.
  • Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks cleared of all charges by jury at Old Bailey.
  • Prime Minister David Cameron makes "full and frank apology" for having hired Coulson as No 10 communications chief.
  • Brooks's husband Charlie and NI director of security Mark Hanna cleared of perverting the course of justice; former PA Cheryl Carter cleared of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
  • Retired managing editor Stuart Kuttner cleared of conspiracy to hack phones.
  • Jury will return on Wednesday to continue to consider misconduct in public office charges against Coulson and ex-NoW royal editor Clive Goodman.

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Last updated 24 June 2014


Welcome to the live page for breaking news on the phone-hacking trial. Partial verdicts have been returned by the jury of eight women and three men at the Old Bailey.


Former editor of the News of the World and the prime minister's former communications chief, Andy Coulson, has been found guilty of plotting to hack phones.


BBC political correspondent Robin Brant was in court as the verdicts were read out on the 138th day of the trial and watched the defendants' reactions at the Old Bailey. He said Andy Coulson stood motionless and showed "absolutely no emotion" as the verdict was returned.


Rebekah Brooks - the former editor of the News of the World - has been found not guilty of:

  • One count of interception of communications - often referred to as phone hacking - between 3 October 2000 and 9 August 2006
  • One count of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office - involving corrupt payments - between 1 January 2004 and 31 January 2012
  • One count of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice between 6 July 2011 and 6 July 2011
  • And a final count of perverting the course of justice


Robin Brant, BBC home affairs correspondent

said Rebekah Brooks appeared to mouth "thank you" to the jury and also held the hand of her former personal assistant Cheryl Carter, who looked close to tears. Charlie Brooks, the husband of the former News International chief executive, also showed "virtually no emotion".


The two outstanding charges against Andy Coulson allege conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office. The jury is yet to give its verdicts on these.


Charlie and Rebekah Brooks have just left the Old Bailey. They were driven away from the court in a black cab, surrounded by photographers and film crews.


Nick Robinson, Political editor

BBC political editor Nick Robinson tweets: "Standby for Cameron apology: 'If I have been lied to, that would be the moment for profound apology' July 2011."


There were shouts from photographers as Mr and Mrs Brooks left the court for the final time, at the end of a trial that started last October.


Norman Smith, Chief political correspondent, BBC News

"Word from Downing Street is that Mr Cameron stands by comments in July 2011 when he said he took full responsibility for employing Andy Coulson.

"It may be some time before we actually get the apology because Downing Street is thought to be waiting until the other verdicts are given."