An Aberdeen juror found in contempt of court for searching social media for the case has been told by a judge that he had attacked the system of justice.
Martyn Greig, 24, was sitting on the jury at the High Court in Aberdeen when he searched online for details about the case.
He then told his fellow jurors what he had done, but did not reveal any details to them.
They immediately reported the matter to the court authorities.
The trial was halted for a day, but then carried on without Greig, who was described in court as self-employed.
Father-of-two Greig, whose address was given in court as Banchory, searched the internet despite Judge Johanna Johnston QC repeatedly telling the jurors not to search on social media and only rely on evidence heard in court.
He has since apologised to the court.
Sentencing Greig at the High Court in Glasgow yesterday, Judge Johnston told Greig his actions were “extremely foolish”.
She said: “You put yourself close to a situation where you could have gone to custody.
“If you had put the trial off, the reality is it would have been a very difficult job to persuade me not to jail you. By good fortune you didn’t reveal anything that damaged the course of justice.”
Defence counsel David Nicolson said: “He knew that he was not to go on any social media, but says he wasn’t aware of the consequences.
“He accepts he was told at least twice not to do it. He disrupted the business of the court that day and into the following day.
“He now appreciates how serious that was.”
Greig was ordered to carry out 170 hours unpaid work within six months.