Phone-hacking trial begins: the defendants and the charges in detail

The trial of former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, the prime minister's former director of communications Andy Coulson and six others began at the Old Bailey on 28 October. The Drum will be in court for the duration of the trial, which is expected to last at least four months, and will provide comprehensive updates on this blog.

The trial is scheduled to examine seven counts that include conspiracy to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office, and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Coverage will be provided by James Doleman, who was acclaimed for his exhaustive and responsible reporting of the Tommy Sheridan perjury trial.

Today (Monday 28 October) the trial of “R v Rebekah Brooks and Others” begins at the Old Bailey.

The allegations which will be laid out before a jury of widespread phone-hacking and corruption caused a public outcry and prompted the UK government to announce the Leveson inquiry and the current proposals for press regulation.

In addition, the case has possible political implications for prime minister David Cameron as Andrew Coulson, who is among the number standing trial, became his director of communications at number 10 Downing St and a key advisor following his time at the now defunct paper.

The Drum will be reporting the trial, in depth, from inside and outside the court.

In addition to Brooks and Coulson, six other people will be in the dock: Ian Edmonson, Stuart Kuttner, Clive Goodman, Cheryl Carter, Charles Brooks and Mark Hanna.

Ms Brooks faces five charges related to allegations of “conspiracy to intercept communications, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office".

The communications referred to are voicemail messages of “well-known people”. The director of public prosecutions has a “schedule” of over 600 people whom the prosecution will say are the victims of this offence.

A partial list released last year included murder victim Milly Dowler, a 7/7 bomb survivor and a trade union leader. There are also politicians, such as John Prescott, David Blunkett and Charles Clark. Celebrities including Paul McCartney, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Delia Smith and Wayne Rooney were also named.

The defendants deny the charges and the trial is expected to last three months.

DEFENDANTS

Rebekah Brooks

Editor News of the World 2000-2003; Sun 2003-2009; chief executive News International 2009-2011

Andrew Coulson

Editor News of the World 2003-2007; Conservative Party director of communications 2007-2010; government director of communications 2010-2011

Ian Edmonson

News editor, News of the World, 2004-2011

Stuart Kuttner

Managing editor, News of the World, 1980-2009

Clive Goodman

Former royal editor, News of the World

Cheryl Carter

Former personal assistant to Rebekah Brooks

Mark Hanna

Former head of security, News International

Charlie Brooks

Racehorse trainer

INDICTMENT

REGINA V Ian Edmondson, Rebekah Brooks, Andrew Coulson, Stuart Kuttner, Clive Goodman, Cheryl Carter, Charles Brooks and Mark Hanna

The charges are as follows:-

Count 1

STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

Conspiracy to intercept communications in the course of their transmission without lawful authority, contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal law Act 1977.

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

IAN EDMONDSON, REBEKAH BROOKS, ANDREW COULSON and STUART KUTTNER between 3 October 2000 and 9 August 2006 conspired together, and with Glenn Mulcaire, Clive Goodman, Greg Miskiw, Neville Thurlbeck, James Weatherup and persons unknown, to intercept, without lawful authority, communications in the course of their transmission by means of a public telecommunications system, namely mobile phone voicemail messages.

Count 2

STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

Conspiracy to commit Misconduct in Public Office, contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977.

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

CLIVE GOODMAN and ANDREW COULSON, between the 31st August 2002 and the 31st January 2003, conspired together and with persons unknown to commit misconduct in public office.

Count 3

STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

Conspiracy to commit Misconduct in Public Office, contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977.

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

CLIVE GOODMAN and ANDREW COULSON, between 31 January 2005 and 3 June 2005, conspired together and with persons unknown to commit misconduct in public office.

Count 4

STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

Conspiracy to commit Misconduct in Public Office, contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977.

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

REBEKAH BROOKS between 1 January 2004 and 31 January 2012, conspired with John Kay, Fergus Shanahan, Geoffrey Webster and Bettina Jordan-Barber and persons unknown to commit misconduct in public office.

Count 5

STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

Conspiracy to commit Misconduct in Public Office, contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977.

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

REBEKAH BROOKS, between 9 February 2006 and 16 October 2008, conspired with Duncan Larcombe, John Hardy and Claire Hardy and with persons unknown to commit misconduct in public office.

Count 6

STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

Conspiracy To Pervert The Course Of Justice, contrary to Section 1(1) Criminal Law Act 1977

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

REBEKAH BROOKS and CHERYL CARTER between 6 July 2011 and 9 July 2011 conspired together to do a series of acts which had a tendency to and were intended to pervert the course of public justice, namely permanently to remove seven boxes of archived material from the archive of News International.

Count 7

STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

Conspiracy To Pervert The Course Of Justice, contrary to Section 1(1) Criminal Law Act 1977

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

REBEKAH BROOKS, CHARLES BROOKS and MARK HANNA, between the 15 July 2011 and the 19 July 2011 conspired together and with Lee Sandell, David Johnson, Daryl Jorsling, Paul Edwards and persons unknown to do an act or a series of acts which had a tendency to and were intended to pervert the course of justice, namely to conceal documents, computers, and other electronic equipment from officers of the Metropolitan Police Service who were investigating allegations of phone hacking and corruption of public officials in relation to the News of the World and The Sun newspapers.

INDICTMENT ENDS

Partial list of alleged hacking victims released by the director of public prosecutions in July 2012

Milly Dowler

Abigail Titmuss and John Leslie

Andrew Gilchrist

The Rt Hon David Blunkett MP

Delia Smith

The Rt Hon Charles Clarke

Jude Law, Sadie Frost and Sienna Miller

Wayne Rooney

Calum Best

The Rt Hon Dame Tessa Jowell MP and David Mills

The Rt Hon Lord Prescott

Professor John Tulloch

Lord Frederick Windsor

Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

David Mills

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