Hacking trial: Andy Coulson faces 18 months in prison

Jul 4, 2014

David Cameron’s former spin doctor Andy Coulson sent to jail for conspiracy to hack phones


Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has been sentenced to 18 months for conspiracy to hack phones.

The 46-year-old, who became director of communications for Prime Minister David Cameron after stepping down from the newspaper, was found guilty last week of plotting to intercept voicemails between 2000 and 2006.

The maximum sentence available was two years in jail, but Coulson was given a reduced sentence for previous good character, reports The Guardian. He will be taken to HM Belmarsh Prison near Woolwich later today, before being sent to an open prison in a few days’ time.

The judge, Mr Justice Saunders, told the court that it was clear from the evidence that there was a great deal of phone hacking at the newspaper while Coulson was editor.

Five of the seven defendants in the high-profile phone-hacking trial were cleared of all charges last week, including former News International chief Rebekah Brooks.

Former private investigator Glenn Mulcaire and three other former NotW journalists, who all pleaded guilty, were also sentenced today:

  • Mulcaire was given a six-month suspended sentence
  • Greg Miskiw, former NotW news editor, was jailed for six months
  • Neville Thurlbeck, former chief reporter, was jailed for six months
  • James Weatherup, former reporter, was given a four-month suspended sentence

Coulson, who has denied all the charges against him, and the newspaper’s former royal editor Clive Goodman, also face a retrial on a charge of buying royal telephone directories from police officers after the jury failed to reach a verdict on these charges.

Today's sentencing comes exactly three years after the Guardian revealed that someone acting on behalf of the News of the World had hacked the phone of missing Surrey schoolgirl Milly Dowler in 2002.

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I guess 2 million akkers lodged in the Cayman Islands( an area of jurisdiction of the UK Justice Minister by the by) for a 12 month stint in an open prison ,is a pretty fair deal for taking the can back for the top cats at N.I.
I sampled Eastchurch on the isle of Sheppey in the 1950's for six months, having sold a Jag XK 120 which was on the HP.
Very enjoyable. I learned the 26 verses of Esquimo Nell off by heart from a guy who was illiterate in return for writing letters home for him, and had the pleasure of reading the lesson in the Prison Chapel coached by a guy who was doing porridge for imitating a Vicar.
Nowadays you get an accolade from the film guild for impersonating people.

“Hacking trial: Andy Coulson faces 18 months in prison”. Judging from my analysis of newspaper reports and commentary over Mr. Coulson, not the mention censored comments I feel Mr. Coulson has many loyal friends in the newspaper industry.