Jury retires in trial of Sun's Chris Pharo and Jamie Pyatt

The jury in the trial of two Sun journalists accused of paying a police officer for tips has retired to consider is verdicts.

News editor Chris Pharo, 46, and district reporter Jamie Pyatt, 52, are charged with aiding and abetting the Surrey police officer to commit misconduct in a public office between 2002 and 2011.

The officer, referred to in court as 2044, allegedly received £10,000 for information on high-profile criminal investigations, including the murder of schoolgirl Milly Dowler, "trophy rapist" Tony Imiela and quadruple killer Daniel Gonzalez.

Pharo, from London, and Pyatt, of Windsor, have denied encouraging the officer to breach his professional duty.

The trial at the Old Bailey began three weeks ago, on Tuesday, September 22.

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