Andy Coulson and Clive Goodman to face a retrial

Andy Coulson

Pair told they will face another lengthy trial as Andy Coulson's sentencing hearing gets underway

LAST UPDATED AT 14:49 ON Mon 30 Jun 2014

Andy Coulson and Clive Goodman will face a retrial, lawyers for the Crown Prosecution Service announced today.

The former News of the World editor and its former royal editor face two charges of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office by buying royal telephone directories from police officers, The Guardian reports.

The jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on the charges last week. It is unclear when the retrial is expected to begin.

Andy Coulson, David Cameron's former communications chief, was found guilty last week of plotting to hack phones while he was editor of the News of the World.

His sentencing hearing began today as he appeared alongside private investigator Glenn Mulcaire and former News of the World journalists Greg Miskiw, Neville Thurlbeck and James Weatherup, who all pleaded guilty to phone-hacking charges.

Lawyers for the defendants are expected to present mitigation arguments during this week’s hearing.

The men could face a maximum of two years in prison when the final sentences are delivered on Friday, according to the Telegraph. · 

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