Andy Coulson faces retrial over royal phonebook charge

Former Number 10 director of comms Andy Coulson is set to face a retrial over alleged payments to public officials.

Andy Coulson: Faces retrial
Andy Coulson: Faces retrial

The ex-News of the World editor will be retried alongside the paper’s former royal editor Clive Goodman on a charge of buying royal telephone directories from police officers. 

Coulson was told of the decision in court today while appearing for the start of the sentencing process after being found guilty last week of phone hacking, which carries a punishment of up to two years in prison. 

Alongside him at the Old Bailey were former newsdesk editors Greg Miskiw, James Weatherup and Neville Thurlbeck and former private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, all of whom had already pleaded guilty to hacking. 

The guilty verdict prompted Prime Minister David Cameron to say he was "extremely sorry" for hiring Coulson. 

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