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David Cameron’s former aide sentenced to 18 months in prison

Coulson had been found guilty of phone hacking.

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A FORMER AIDE to British Prime Minister David Cameron has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for phone hacking.

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson had been found guilty of phone hacking last week.

A judge at the Old Bailey court in London sentenced Coulson after he was found guilty of conspiracy to intercept voicemails on 24 June, following a marathon eight-month trial.

He had faced up to two years in prison.

His colleague Greg Miskiw, who was the paper’s news editor, has been sentenced to six months, as has former chief reported Neville Thurlbeck.

Private investigator Glenn Mulcaire has been given a six-month suspended sentence.

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