Jules StensonThe former features editor of the News of the World, Jules Stenson, has pleaded guilty to conspiring to intercept voicemails making him the eighth journalist from the now defunct tabloid to admit, or be convicted of, phone-hacking.

Mr Stenson’s co-defendant Neil Wallis, the News of the World’s former deputy editor, pleaded not guilty.  The charge against Mr Stenson and Mr Wallis is that

“between the 1st January 2003 and the 26th January 2007 [they] conspired with Andy Coulson, Greg Miskiw, James Weatherup, Neville Thurlbeck, Daniel Evans, Ian Edmondson, Glen Mulcaire and other persons unknown, to intercept communications in the course of their transmission without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of well-known people and those associated with them”

Contrary to s.1(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977

The decision to charge Mr Stenson and Mr Wallis was announced on 30 July 2014 (see our post here).

A trial date for Mr Wallis was set for June 2015 with the trial expected to last around six weeks. Mr Stenson will be sentenced at a later date.

The other News of the World journalists and editorial staff who have been convicted of “phone hacking” offences are:

Clive Goodman (Royal Corrrespondent) – pleaded guilty in 2006

James Weatherup (News Editor) – pleaded guilty in 2013

Dan Evans (Reporter) – pleaded in guilty in 2013

Greg Miskiw (News Editor) – pleaded guilty in 2013

Neville Thurlbeck (Senior reporter) – pleaded guilty in 2013

Andy Coulson (Editor) – convicted in June 2014

Ian Edmondson (News Editor) – pleaded guilty in October 2014