News of the World trial commences at the Old Bailey

The trial of eight defendants for allegations arising from the phone-hacking scandal, which led to the closure of the News Of The World two years ago, commenced this week in the Old Bailey.

Amongst those accused is Cheryl Carter, the former PA for Rebekah Brooks, who is charged with conspiring with Mrs Brooks to pervert the course of justice by removing seven boxes from the News International archive in July 2011.

Also standing trial is Rebekah Brooks’ husband, Charles Brooks. He is charged with conspiring with his wife and others to pervert the course of justice by concealing documents, computers and other electronic equipment from police officers who were investigating allegations of phone hacking and corruption of public officials in relation to the News of the World and The Sun newspapers.

Cheryl Carter is represented by Trevor Burke QC and Emma Collins.

Charles Brooks is represented by Neil Saunders (acting alone).

30th October 2013

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