02:39PM, Thursday 22 January 2015
The jury of a trial involving two Sun journalists from Windsor who are accused of paying off public officials for information has been discharged.
Sun reporter Jamie Pyatt, 51, and former Sun employee Ben O'Driscoll, 38, are accused of three and four counts respectively of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office.
They both appeared at Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court this morning but the jury failed to reach a verdict and a retrial is due to be held as soon as possible.
The pair have been on trial since Friday October 17, along with four other journalists from the national tabloid accused of paying public officials £30,000 for information between March 22, 2002 and January, 12, 2011.
All are charged with conspiring to corrupt prison officials, police officers, and British Army officials.
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