Daniel Evans, former News of the World journalist
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Phone-hacking trial: Coulson 'was out' when tape was played

Andy Coulson was not in the office on the day a reporter said he played him a hacked voicemail message, the ex-News of the World editor's barrister has said.

Journalist Dan Evans said on Tuesday that Mr Coulson had been excited on hearing the message left for James Bond star Daniel Craig by Sienna Miller.

But Timothy Langdale QC said Mr Coulson was not in London on that day.

Evans said even if he got the date wrong, he did play Mr Coulson the tape.

Mr Coulson - who went on to be Prime Minister David Cameron's communications director before stepping down in 2011 - denies conspiracy to hack phones and a charge of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.

Tom Symonds reports.

  • 30 Jan 2014
  • From the section UK