Wagatha Christie closing arguments in full as Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney face verdict

Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy's lawyers have shared their closing statements at Royal Courts of Justice on Thursday 19 May.

Rebekah's Instagram account was accused by Coleen of leaking fake stories about her in October 2019 in a now-infamous Instagram post dubbed Wagatha Christie. Rebekah, 40, denies the allegations and is suing 36 year old Coleen for libel.

Coleen's barrister David Sherborne started the final hearing of the seven-day long trial by apologising for her and her 36 year old husband Wayne's absence as the pair have jetted off on holiday with their four children. He said: "They intended no disrespect to the court."

Mr Sherborne then claimed that Rebekah "regularly and frequently" leaked information from his client's private Instagram account and explained that Jamie's wife's evidence is "entirely unreliable".

He said Rebekah's case had been "shrunk to almost nothing if not entirely disintegrated," adding that there's a "slither of a case".

"It's simply a case of whether Mrs Vardy, an admitted leaker herself, knew what Ms Watt was doing,'' Sherborne said, referring to Rebekah's former agent Caroline Watt.

Mr Sherborne said Mrs Justice Karen Steyn has to rule on two things – whether the post was "substantially true" and if it was a "statement of public interest".

Coleen's barrister said there had been a "deliberate deletion and destruction" of evidence, the court had not heard from key witnesses, including Caroline or the journalists who published the alleged leaked stories, and he said Jamie, 35, had "remained silent… at least in this courtroom."

Speaking about the missing WhatsApp messages between Rebekah and her former agent, he continued: "Mrs Vardy deleted the WhatsApp chats and has lied on oath'"

"There is only one reason for her having taken such a step. It was done to cover up incriminating evidence.," he continued. "Mrs Vardy deliberately deleted those messages to cover up the collusion between her and Ms Watt.''

Coleen's barrister said Rebekah claimed the messages had vanished when she tried to export them to her lawyers – but experts have said that couldn't have happened.

The laptop she used to perform the export had also broken and been disposed of. He said: "No proper explanation has been given for this deliberate destruction of relevant evidence.

"This is yet another serious and deliberate destruction of relevant material for which there can be only one reason.''

Watt's phone fell into the North Sea days after the judge had ordered it to be examined, which Sherborne said was "fishy enough".

He added that the phone was lost at sea to "cover up" the messages between them, which would have been on both devices.

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