Dominic Grieve said jurors who used the internet undermined justice
A juror who wrote on Facebook that he wanted to ‘f*** up a paedophile’ has been jailed for two months after being found guilty of contempt of court.
Kasim Davey, 21, from Palmers Green, north London, was convicted of conduct likely to interfere with the administration of justice following a prosecution brought by the attorney general, Dominic Grieve.
He had been on the jury in the Wood Green crown court trial of Adam Kephalas, who was later convicted of sexual activity with a child, when he wrote on Facebook: ‘Woooow I wasn’t expecting to be in a jury Deciding a paedophile’s fate, I’ve always wanted to F**k up a paedophile & now I’m within the law!’
Davey later claimed there had been ‘a lot of Jimmy Savile news at the time’ last December, and that his post was a result of ‘spontaneous surprise at the kind of case I was on’.
Also at London’s High Court, Joseph Beard, 29, received the same two-month sentence for contempt after using the internet to research the case he was a juror on.
He looked into the histories of Ian Macdonald and David Downes and informed his fellow jurors at Kingston crown court.
Macdonald and Downes were later convicted of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering and sentenced to eight years and four-and-a-half years respectively in a retrial.
Reacting to the jail sentences, Mr Grieve said: ‘Jurors who use the internet to research a case undermine justice.
‘It creates a risk that the defendant will be convicted or acquitted, not on the evidence, but on unchallenged and untested material discovered by the juror.’
Of Davey, he added: ‘Equally, the case of Kasim Davey shows that jurors must follow the directions given to them by the trial judge not to discuss the case outside the jury room, including discussions and posts on the internet.’