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Journalist Jules Stenson puts blame on Andy Coulson for hacking

By Emily Pennink

The last News of the World journalist to be punished in the long-running phone hacking saga heaped blame on his former boss Andy Coulson as he walked free from court.

Features editor Jules Stenson was spared jail at the Old Bailey after he admitted his part in eavesdropping on the voice mails of celebrities.

He is the ninth man to face punishment for the "dark art" which spawned a succession of sensational scoops in the Noughties but led to the Sunday tabloid's spectacular downfall in 2011.

Stenson accepted he was involved with recruiting "prolific" self-confessed hacker Dan Evans to the NotW from the Sunday Mirror.

But he insisted that Coulson was the "driving force" behind the move and put pressure on him to deliver - or face the sack.

Stenson broke down in the dock as Mr Justice Saunders told him he would suspend his four-month jail sentence for 12 months.

He was also ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £18,000 prosecution costs and a £5,000 fine.

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