HMA v Andrew Edward Coulson

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 3 June 2015, Lord Burns acquitted Andrew Coulson of a charge of perjury after sustaining a defence submission of “no case to answer” at the close of the Crown case.

Mr Coulson, 47, was accused of giving “false evidence” about his knowledge of “phone-hacking” while editor of the News of the World and his knowledge of payments to corrupt police officers by staff at the newspaper during the 2010 perjury trial of Tommy Sheridan.   

However, Lord Burns ruled that the charge of perjury was “irrelevant” because the “false evidence” alleged in the indictment was “not relevant evidence at the original trial”. 

Read Lord Burns’ explanation to the jury here

A full written Note of Reasons of the decision is available here.