Pair face jail for accessing footage of Emiliano Sala post-mortem

Ashford, left, and Bray could face jail

Friday, August 9, 2019

Two people have been warned they face jail after they admitted accessing CCTV footage of the post-mortem examination of footballer Emiliano Sala.

Sala died alongside his pilot David Ibbotson when the plane they were travelling in crashed into the English Channel on January 21.

They were heading to Wales, where the 28-year-old striker had just signed for Cardiff City Football Club.

Sherry Bray, 49, and Christopher Ashford, 62, appeared at Swindon Crown Court today and admitted obtaining footage of Sala's examination at Bournemouth Mortuary.

Bray was the director of a CCTV company which monitored security cameras at the mortuary, and an investigation into her business found she had taken photographs of the post-mortem footage on her phone.

Emiliano Sala died in a plane crash in January

She sent the pictures to another person, and attempted to hide evidence by requesting Ashford to delete pictures he had taken, police said.

Bray had also taken a picture of another body in the same mortuary.

The pair each admitted to three counts of securing unauthorised access to computer material.

Judge Peter Crabtree said the case was “extremely serious” and warned the pair that the starting point for sentence was “undoubtedly” custody.

An inquiry was launched by Wiltshire Police after an image appearing to show Sala's remains appeared on social media.

Ashford and Bray have been released on bail and will reappear at the court on September 20.

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