In a rather bizarre incident, probably the first in UK’s legal history, a juror has been put through trials for allegedly reaching out to a defendant in one of her own cases using a social media platform.
According to reports, the ‘tainted’ juror, named Joanne Fraill, 40 has been accused of exchanging messages in Facebook with one Jamie Sewart, a defendant in a drug-case that she was trying.
Mrs. Sewart was acquitted in the early stages of the trial. However, verdicts on other trials are yet to be declared, thus bringing some serious headache for the juror in the process.
But apparently, the prosecutors are in no mood to spare Mrs. Sewart too - as they have brought contempt proceedings against her for allegedly asking Fraill for details of the Jury’s take on the matter.
The pair, if found guilty, could face some serious action with even the possibility of jail.
To make matters even worse for Mrs. Fraill, she has been also accused of searching case-details in the internet even after a strict order by the judge not to do so.
Mrs. Fraill, however, denied all the charges brought against her. The case will be heard by the Lord Chief Justice.