Hacking accused must wait 12 months on bail before Old Bailey trial proceeds

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David Cameron’s former spin doctor Andy Coulson and ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks will not face trial over allegations linked to phone hacking until September next year.

The pair appeared at the Old Bailey yesterday with fellow former journalists from defunct tabloid the News of the World (NotW).

Ex-managing editor Stuart Kuttner, former news editor Greg Miskiw, former head of news Ian Edmondson, ex-chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck and former reporter James Weatherup are also facing charges, along with private detective Glenn Mulcaire. Kuttner was excused from attending yesterday’s hearing.

The seven former NotW staff face one general accusation of conspiracy to access voicemails which prosecutors say could affect as many as 600 victims, along with other charges related to specific people.

Mulcaire is accused of four counts related to particular individuals.

Brooks, 44, from Oxfordshire, is also accused of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice over allegations that she tried to conceal information from police investigating phone hacking and claims of corrupt payments to public officials at The Sun and the News of the World.

The provisional trial date is September 9 next year. All defendants were released on bail.