Joanne Fraill
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Facebook juror sentenced to eight months for contempt

16 June 2011 Last updated at 17:53 BST

A woman who was serving on the jury at a drugs trial last year has been sent to prison for contacting one of the defendants on Facebook in the first case of its kind.

Joanne Fraill, 40, burst into tears this morning as she was jailed for 8 months for contempt of court after admitting exchanging messages with Jamie Sewart while the jury was still deliberating causing the case to collapse.

Matt Prodger reports.