The British prime minister’s former media advisor has been jailed for 18 months for plotting to hack phones while boss of the News of the World paper.
The 46-year-old was found guilty last week of conspiring to intercept voicemails at the now-defunct Sunday tabloid following an eight-month trial at the Old Bailey.
Last week, the jury found his former boss and ex-lover Rebekah Brooks not guilty of phone hacking and other allegations.
The affair forced David Cameron to apologise for having hired Coulson. On Friday he greeted the sentence by saying it shows “no one is above the law.”
The scandal sparked widespread outrage across the country and prompted the paper’s owner Rupert Murdoch to close the 168-year-old tabloid days after news emerged that staff hacked into the voicemails of a murdered schoolgirl, Milly Downer.