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Facebook Juror, Defendant Found Guilty, Face Jail Time

A juror and an acquitted defendant, who were charged earlier for allegedly keeping in close-touch through Facebook during a multimillion pound drugs trial, have been found guilty.

The case, interestingly, is probably the first one of its kind in the history of UK’s legal system that involves prosecution for contempt of court over the internet.

Joanna Fraill, the 40 year old convicted juror will reportedly face up to two years in prison over the breach. She admitted of having contacted Sewart, the other convict in the trial, while she was still in the jury, deliberating in the drugs trial.

Mrs. Fraill claimed that she had contacted Sewart after seeing "considerable parallels" between their lives.

Sewart was acquitted in the trial before the juror had approached her through Facebook. Apparently, she knew that Mrs. Fraill was an acting member in the jury for the trial.

She allegedly asked Fraill in a Facebook chat, dated August 3, “what's happenin with the other charge??".

The juror responded by saying, “Cant get anyone to go either no one budging pleeeeeese don't say anything cause jamie they could all miss trial and I will get 4cked to0."

Mrs. Fraill, reportedly burst out in tears when the details of the conversation between her and Sewart were being read out during the trial.

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