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Former senior journalist wins unfair dismissal claim

Former senior journalist wins unfair dismissal claim

An-ex News of the World employee has been successful in his claim of unfair dismissal.

Matt Driscoll worked for the paper - which is published by News International - as a senior sports writer.

During a recent hearing, his claims were supported and a further trial is to take place in order to establish how much compensation should be awarded to him.

He was sacked in April 2007 while on long-term sick leave for depression which was said to be related to stress.

The tribunal found that this depression had arisen directly as a result of bullying behaviour led by Andy Coulson, a former senior editorial executive at the publication.

During the hearing, the panel stated: "We find the behaviour to have been a consistent pattern of bullying behaviour ... with the intention to remove him from their employment, whether through negotiating a settlement package or through a staged process of warnings leading to dismissal."