Rebekah Brooks, Former News International Executive, Attends Court For Preliminary Hearing


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Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and her racehorse trainer husband Charlie appeared in court on Friday, facing charges relating to the phone-hacking scandal.

Mrs Brooks, 44, of Churchill, Oxfordshire, and Mr Brooks, 49, attended Southwark Crown Court in London for a 30-minute preliminary hearing.

The former News of the World editor faces three charges of conspiring to pervert the course of justice, while her husband is charged with one count of the same offence.

Mrs Brooks spoke only to confirm her name.

Mrs Brooks, who also edited The Sun for six years, is accused of removing boxes of material from the News International archive and trying to conceal documents, computers and other material from Operation Weeting, Scotland Yard’s inquiry into the phone-hacking scandal.

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Rebekah and Charlie Brooks arrive at Southwark Crown Court on Friday morning

Also at the court were Mrs Brooks’s former personal assistant, Cheryl Carter, 48, of Mildmay Road, Chelmsford, Essex; head of security at News International Mark Hanna, 49, of Glynswood Road, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire; Mrs Brooks’s chauffeur Paul Edwards, 47, of Victoria Park Square, Bethnal Green, east London; and security consultant Daryl Jorsling, 39, of Vale Road, Aldershot, Hampshire.

They all face a single charge of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

The judge, Mr Justice Fulford, set a date of 26 September for a plea and case management hearing at the same court.

He extended bail to all six defendants.

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