News: Pair appear in court over photo of Emiliano Sala’s dead body is published online

News: Pair appear in court over photo of Emiliano Sala’s dead body is published online

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Two people have appeared in court facing charges over a photograph published online showing Emiliano Sala’s dead body.

An image was circulated extensively on social media which showed the Argentinian striker’s remains in a mortuary.

Sherry Bray, 48, and Christopher Ashford, 62, both from Wiltshire have been summonsed to court over the image.

Bray faces three counts of computer misuse, perverting the course of justice and sending an indecent/offensive message.

 

Ashford faces six counts of computer misuse. The pair were arrested in February this year.

It is alleged the duo accessed CCTV of Sala’s post-mortem at the Holly Tree Lodge mortuary in Bournemouth.

Ashford leaving court
(Image: PA)

Dr David Whetham, chair of the bench, adjourned the case for a hearing at Swindon Crown Court on August 9.

The striker, 28, had just signed for Cardiff City when he disappeared with the pilot of the Piper Malibu private plane when it crashed in the English Channel on January 21.

Sala’s body was recovered on February 6, but pilot David Ibbotson, 59, of Crowle, Lincolnshire, has not been located.

 

The Bluebirds agreed a £15million fee for Sala, a club-record fee, and manager Neil Warnock hoped he would be the man to fire the Welsh side to Premier League safety.

Sherry Bray (right) and Christopher Ashford (centre) leave court
(Image: PA)

He completed his medical at Cardiff before returning to France to say goodbye to his former teammates at Nantes and to collect personal belongings.

The Piper Malibu aircraft carrying Sala on his return to South Wales went missing over the Channel, off Alderney.

An audio message sent by Sala to his friends on WhatsApp later emerged, in which he said the plane ‘feels like it’s falling to pieces’.

 

(Image: AP)

He said: “Hello, my brothers, how are you? Boy, I’m tired. I was here in Nantes taking care of things, things, things, things, things, things, and it never stops, it never stops, it never stops.

“Anyway guys, I’m up in this plane that feels like it’s falling to pieces, and I’m going to Cardiff. [It’s] crazy, we start tomorrow. Training in the afternoon, guys, in my new team… Let’s see what happens.

“So, how’s it going with you guys, all good? If in an hour and a half you have no news from me, I don’t know if they are going to send someone to look for me because they cannot find me, but you will know… Man, I’m scared!”

Dorest Police announced last month that a man had been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by an illegal act in respect of Sala’s death – but his identity was not made public.



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