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CCTV company director and her employee plead guilty to accessing footage of Emiliano Sala’s body in the mortuary

|News, Cyber / online crime

A CCTV company director and her employee have today (Friday 9 August) pleaded guilty to illegally accessing footage showing footballer Emiliano Sala’s body in the mortuary.

Sherry Bray, 48, who is the Director of Camera Security Services Limited and her employee, Christopher Ashford, 62, accessed footage from Bournemouth Borough Mortuary where the footballer’s body was held following his death in a plane crash earlier this year.

The pair had remotely viewed images of the post-mortem being conducted on Mr Sala, replaying the clip before Bray sent a picture of it to a family member on Facebook Messenger.  

The footage was widely shared on social media and when Bray realised a police investigation was underway, she deleted the file from her phone and asked Ashford to do the same.

Today at Swindon Crown Court, Bray pleaded guilty to offences of computer misuse and perverting the course of justice, while Ashford pleaded guilty to offences of computer misuse.

Following the pleas, Anthony Johns of the CPS said:  “Sherry Bray and Christopher Ashford’s actions are truly appalling. I cannot imagine why anyone would want to look at this footage at all, let alone replay it. Their actions represented a flagrant and disgraceful breach of confidentiality.

“Thankfully the wealth of evidence against the defendants left them no choice but to plead guilty to these offences and spare Mr Sala’s family any more pain.”  


Notes to editors

  • Anthony Johnson Johns is Senior Crown Prosecutor for the CPS Wessex Complex Casework Unit.
  • Sherry Bray (DOB: 31/05/1970) from Corsham, pleaded guilty to three counts of computer misuse, perverting the course of justice.
  • Christopher Ashford (DOB:13/10/1956) from  Calne, pleaded guilty to three counts of computer misuse.

They will be sentenced on 20 September 2019 at Swindon Crown Court


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