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Pair appear in Swindon court charged with illegally watching Emiliano Sala post-mortem Featured

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Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:40
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A PAIR accused of leaking mortuary pictures of Premier League ace Emiliano Sala have appeared before magistrates.

Christopher Ashford, 62, of Page Close, Calne, and Sherry Bray, 48, of Charles Street, Corsham, are accused of illegally accessing CCTV at Bournemouth Mortuary and replaying a post-mortem of the Cardiff City ace and Dorset grandfather Andrew Latchford.

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

Bray is accused of watching the post-mortem live on February 7 and distributing an image of Sala from the investigation. Prosecutors allege she perverted the course of justice by deleting pictures of the football player from her phone and instructing Ashford to “delete the pics”.

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

The pair appeared before Swindon Magistrates’ Court this morning, speaking only to confirm their names and addresses. Neither entered pleas to the charges.

Ashford was represented by Tom Horder, Bray by Nicholas Cotter. Tom Powell appeared for the crown.

Magistrates bailed the pair to appear before Swindon Crown Court on for a plea and trial preparation hearing on August 9.

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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