Pair face court over publication of Emiliano Sala’s post-mortem

Emiliano Sala died in a plane crash in January

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Christopher Ashford and Sherry Bray have faced court over allegations they posted an image of footballer Emiliano Sala’s remains to social media.

They’re accused of accessing CCTV footage of the post-mortem examination.

Sala died when the plane he was travelling in from France crashed into the Channel in January.

The 28-year-old Argentine striker had just signed with Cardiff City.

Christopher Ashford and Sherry Bray

Bray is charged with operating the CCTV equipment at Bournemouth mortuary, causing the post-mortem to be recorded

She is also charged with sending an “offensive/indecent/obscene” message of Sala's body, taken the same day.

Bray is facing added charges of perverting the course of justice for allegedly telling Ashford to “delete your pics”, and using the CCTV system to record a separate post-mortem last year.

Ashford is charged with operating the CCTV equipment; neither defendants have entered their pleas.

Sala and pilot David Ibbotson died when the plane travelling from western France to Wales went down.

The official search operation to find the plane’s wreckage was called off three days after the crash.

However shipwreck hunter David Mearns was able to find the plane 10 days later in a privately-funded search.

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