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Ian Edmondson, former News of the World news editor, sentenced to eight months over phone hacking

Ian Edmondson, a former News of the World news editor, has been jailed for eight months for his part in the phone hacking scandal that took the newspaper down.

Ian Edmondson, sentenced to eight months

Edmondson, 45, pleaded guilty to illegally hacking mobile phone voicemails at London’s Old Bailey on 3 October. He was sentenced to a period of eight months imprisonment on Friday afternoon, according to the BBC.

The court found that between July 2005 and August 2006, Edmondson made 900 calls and texts to the private investigator Glenn Mucaire - who was arrested for six months for his part in the scandal. The PI was tasked with hacking in 334 instances.

The defendant was found to be suffering from depression following the loss of his home earlier this year. Furthermore he claimed to have a dependency on alcohol. During sentencing, Justice Saunders told Edmondson he was solely to blame for his misfortune.

With Edmondson's sentencing marking the conclusion of the phone hacking case, last month Rebekah Brooks, former editor of the Sun and the News of the World, was found scouting out a return to media, with a rumoured position at News Corp’s New York offices on offer.

This follows her being cleared of the phone hacking charges in June.

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