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Two people face court over Emiliano Sala mortuary photo

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Two people are to face charges over the publication of a photograph showing Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala in a mortuary, police said.

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Sherry Bray, 48, and Christopher Ashford, 62, are due to appear at Swindon Magistrates’ Court on July 10, Wiltshire Police said. 

Bray, of Charles Street, Corsham, has been summonsed for three counts of computer misuse, perverting the course of justice and sending an indecent/offensive message. 

Ashford, of Page Close, Calne, has been summonsed over six counts of computer misuse. 

The summons comes after an image was circulated extensively on social media which showed the Argentinian striker’s remains at the Holly Tree Lodge mortuary in Bournemouth following his death in a plane crash.

This picture shows the cockpit of the plane that carried Emiliano Sala (AAIB)

The footballer’s body was recovered on February 6 from the wreckage of a plane which disappeared on January 21 as it flew from Nantes to Wales. 

Sala had just completed a £15m transfer to Premier League football club Cardiff City from French team Nantes.

Speaking after the summons were announced, Anthony Johns, senior lawyer for the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “Following a careful review of the evidence provided to me by Wiltshire Police, I have authorised the police to summons Sherry Bray to appear in court where she will be formally charged with three offences of computer misuse, perverting the course of public justice and sending an indecent/offensive message. 

“I have also authorised Wiltshire Police to summons Christopher Ashford to appear in court where he will be formally charged with six offences of computer misuse. 

“The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against the defendants are now active and that they have the right to a fair trial.” 

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