Sunday Night reporter Rahni Sadler has been put on a 12-month good behaviour bond after pleading guilty to illegally communicating with a convicted killer in the Northern Territory.
AAP reports the Seven journalist had been expected to go to trial tomorrow in the Darwin Magistrates Court, but the matter was brought forward when she unexpectedly decided to plead guilty.
Sadler’s story in July last year on the 2001 murder of English traveller Peter Falconio included audio of convicted killer Bradley John Murdoch in a phone conversation with former lawyer Andrew Fraser.
But communicating with a prisoner can carry a maximum penalty of two years in jail or a fine of $2329.
Her lawyer, John Lawrence, said Sadler sought legal advice from her employer who told her that because she was speaking from another jurisdiction it was legal.
The court issued Sadler with a 12-month good behaviour bond but did not record a conviction against her.
Charges were initially also laid against the Seven Network and Fraser but were later dropped, because Fraser is suffering from a terminal illness.
Fraser is also dramatised in the miniseries Killing Time, which coincidentally will soon screen on Seven.