At Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on 22 July 2019, during a trial and sentencing hearing concerning another defendant, Mohemed Nomaan Hussain, born 12/08/2000, took a photograph on an iPhone of the defendant giving evidence and attached a slogan to the image which stated ‘Free ego’. He also made 3 brief filmed recordings of the proceedings including the process of the defendant being sentenced. He was ordered to be detained in the cells and, with his assistance in providing the passcode, the images were recovered from the phone.
In open court he subsequently admitted the acts and that they constituted a contempt of court under sections 9 and 12 of the Contempt of Court Act 1981. He apologised to the court. The court found that the images had not been sent to anyone nor posted on the internet. The court heard a plea in mitigation. Mohemed Nomaan Hussain had provided the court with his iPhone passcode which enabled the court to confirm that the images had been made, examine and delete them. He was 18 years old, immature, anxious, remorseful and had only a spent matter on his record.
He was fined £120, ordered to pay a £32 victim surcharge and his iPhone was ordered to be forfeit and destroyed.