Convicted defendant appeals based on juror misconduct

Juror to be jailed in Facebook contempt of court

A juror and defendant have been found guilty of contempt of court following revelations that they had been on contact via social networking site Facebook.

London’s High Court heard that 40 year-old juror Joanne Fraill contacted acquitted defendant Jamie Sewart via the social networking site while the trial progressed against other defendants.

Sewart said that she was the one to report the contact following a lengthy Facebook chat. Sewart expressed relief at being told she would not be expected to serve a jail sentence.

No such luck for juror Joanne Fraill, who tracked down the defended on Facebook. The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, told Fraill that she should expect a prison sentence.

The contempt of court convictions are thought to be the first of their kind in the UK involving the internet.

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