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Phone Hacking Trial: Andy Coulson, “Do his phone” not an instruction to hack a phone – Martin Hickman

Andy_CoulsonDay 92, Part 2:  Andy Coulson’s instruction “Do his phone” was not an instruction to hack a phone, he told the Old Bailey today.

The former tabloid editor said that instead he was requesting a check of a reporter’s phone data to see if he was leaking the News of the World’s stories to rivals.

Mr Coulson sent the instruction on 20 May 2006 during an email conversation with a senior NoW journalist about a forthcoming exclusive on Calum Best, a two-time contestant on Celebrity Love Island and the son of footballer George Best.

Mr Coulson wrote: “You think Calum a leak?”, to which the executive replied that Mr Best was “bragging I have close mates inside NoW”.

Asked what he had meant by his subsequent email response, Mr Coulson told the court:

“I was in no doubt that this was not an instruction to hack anybody’s phone. I remember what this was because it was Rav [Singh] and he was a friend of mine and I remembering authorising the request for billing data for Rav.”

Ultimately, Mr Coulson told the court: “No evidence was ever put in front of me that Rav was definitively leaking stories.”

The court has previously been told the News of the World’s managing editor, Stuart Kuttner, received a copy of Mr Singh’s billing data nine days earlier, on 11 May 2006.

Mr Coulson told the court that by sending his “Do his phone” email he was “re-emphasising” that earlier request.

He, Mr Kuttner and fellow former NoW editor Rebekah Brooks deny conspiring to hack phones. The case will resume on Tuesday, when Mr Coulson continues his evidence.


  1. Mike Sivier

    Reblogged this on Vox Political and commented:
    Oh, really?

  2. davidhencke

    Reblogged this on David Hencke and commented:
    So Coulson’s jibe “Do his phone” is an instruction to check whether his mate Rav Singh was leaking News of the World stories to other papers.

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