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Hacking trial: Stuart Kuttner 'shocked' by accusations

Stuart Kuttner
Image caption Stuart Kuttner was managing editor of the News of the World for 22 years

The News of the World's former managing editor said he never hacked a phone and was "shocked" to be accused of such behaviour, a court has heard.

Stuart Kuttner, who held the role for 22 years until his retirement in 2009, told police he had "never knowingly played any part whatsoever" in hacking.

A jury at the Old Bailey is being read a transcript of a police interview following his arrest in 2011.

Seven former News International staff are on trial over the hacking affair.

"I will say now I am utterly appalled at the allegations made against me personally," Mr Kuttner said in his police interview.

"I have never knowingly played any part whatsoever in the hacking or bugging of anybody's telephone and I'm very shocked at the events of today but I'm here to answer your questions and I will continue to do so."

In July 2011 the News of the World was closed by News International, its parent company, after it emerged the voicemails of people including murdered teenager Milly Dowler had been accessed - known as hacking.

Mr Kuttner, 73, and the six other defendants deny conspiracy to hack phones.

Some of the other defendants face allegations of illegal payments to public officials and, separately, allegations of attempts to hide potential evidence, which they also deny.