In a surprise development in the Old Bailey phone-hacking trial, one of the defendants, Ian Edmondson, has been removed from the case due to ill health.
Edmondson, a former news editor at the now defunct News of the World, was arrested by police investigating the scandal in April 2012 and charged, along with Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson and others with conspiring to intercept communications without lawful authority from 3 October 2000 to 9 August 2006.
Mr Justice Saunders told the jury that he had received a number of medical reports on Edmondson, who has rarely attended the trial due to ill health, and the consensus was he was unfit to stand trial and would be for at least several weeks.
The judge then discharged the jury from the part of the case relating to Edmondson, telling them he would stand trial alone at a future date.
The case against the other defendants, Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson and five others, continues.