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Phone-hacking trial: Clive Goodman 'unwell', court adjourns until Monday

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.

When court opened this morning the judge addressed the jury and told them that the current witness, former News of the World editor Clive Goodman, was unwell.

He had been seen by the court matron, Judge Saunders said, and after examining the defendant she had called an ambulance to take him to hospital. The court has already heard that Goodman has recently undergone one operation for a heart problem and another to remove a cataract.

Judge Saunders then adjourned proceedings until Monday.

All of the defendants deny all of the charges, the trial continues.