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BREAKING: Wiltshire pair plead guilty in Emiliano Sala mortuary footage case Featured

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Thursday, 08 August 2019 23:47
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A WILTSHIRE pair have admitted illegally accessing CCTV of football ace Emiliano Sala's post mortem.

Christopher Ashford, 62, of Page Close, Calne, and Sherry Bray, 48, of Charles Street, Corsham, pleaded guilty at Swindon Crown Court to illegally accessing CCTV at Bournemouth Mortuary and replaying a post-mortem of the Cardiff City ace and Dorset grandfather Andrew Latcham.

Ashford watched Emiliano Sala’s post-mortem six times over a 48 hour period.

Bray was said to have watched the post-mortem live on February 7 and distributing an image of Sala from the investigation.

Prosecutors say she perverted the course of justice by deleting pictures of the football player from her phone and instructing Ashford to “delete the pics”.

She was charged with illegally accessing mortuary CCTV to watch a post-mortem of Blandford pensioner Andrew Latcham, whose body was found in a Dorset river in April last year.

Argentina international Sala died in January when the plane taking him to Cardiff crashed into the English Channel.

A post-mortem was carried out at Holly Tree Lodge Mortuary, Dorset, on February 7. A week later, police were alerted to an image on Twitter apparently showing the dead Argentinian footballer.

The image was removed from Twitter, but has since been shared to other social media sites.

The investigation is the first to be brought before the courts by Wiltshire Police’s digital investigation unit, established last summer.

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