TWO national newspapers which published images on the internet of a Sheffield defendant holding a gun during his murder trial have become the first in the country to be found guilty of contempt of court “online”.
The Daily Mail and The Sun were convicted of creating “a substantial risk” of prejudicing the murder trial of Ryan Ward, at Sheffield Crown Court in 2009. Both published pictures on websites of Ward, of Philips Road, Loxley.
Ward was jailed for life after he was convicted of murdering mechanic Craig Wass, 39, by hitting him with a brick.
Attorney General Dominic Grieve took the publishers to the High Court, arguing both were in contempt under the strict liability rule of the 1981 Contempt of Court Act.