Two former jurors have been charged with contempt after posting comments on Facebook and using Google for research.

Attorney general Dominic Grieve personally brought the case against Kasim Davey, 21, in the High Court for allegedly posting on Facebook: ‘Wooow I wasn’t expecting to be in a jury deciding a paedophile’s fate, I’ve always wanted to f*** up a paedophile & now I’m in the law.’

Davey has denied contempt, saying he wrote the comment ‘spontaneously’ in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal and had considered the evidence carefully.

Joseph Beard, 29, is alleged to have researched extra information on Google about the victims of two men accused of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering.

Beard said he was assessing how long the trial would last.

The trials of Davey and Beard, before Sir John Thomas and Mr Justice Sweeney, continue.