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Andy Coulson 'knew about hacking' court hears

by Simon Basketter
Issue No. 2455

David Cameron’s former spin doctor Andy Coulson knew that voicemails on murdered teenager Milly Dowler’s phone had been intercepted, a court heard last week.

Former chief reporter for the News of the World newspaper, Neville Thurlbeck, was giving evidence in Coulson’s trial.

 Coulson is on trial at the High Court in Edinburgh accused of lying under oath in the 2010 perjury trial of socialist politician Tommy Sheridan.

 Thurlbeck added that hacked messages were the source of a story about then home secretary David Blunkett having an affair.

Prosecutors allege that Coulson falsely stated that, before the arrest of Glenn Mulcaire and Clive Goodman in 2006, he did not know Goodman was involved in phone hacking with Mulcaire. 

Mulcaire was a private investigator and Goodman was a News of the World journalist. Coulson denies the charges.

Jurors were shown a story containing messages left on the girl’s phone.

The trial continues.


  • Andy Coulson, former editor of the News of the World and spin doctor to David Cameron, is on trial  accused of lying to the courts
  • It is alleged that Coulson misled the court during the perjury trial of Scottish socialist politician Tommy Sheridan in 2010
  • Prosecutors say that Coulson had lied during Sheridan’s trial about his knowledge of phone hacking at the News of the World
  • Sheridan had previously won a libel case against the News of the World in 2006

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Tue 26 May 2015, 16:01 BST
Issue No. 2455
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