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Two police constables and a police community support officer have pleaded not guilty to misconduct in the case of a disabled man murdered in Bristol after false claims he was a paedophile.
Bijan Ebrahimi, 44, was beaten to death and his body set on fire by a neighbour, Lee James, in July 2013, after a long campaign of bullying. James was later jailed for life, and another neighbour, Stephen Norley, was imprisoned for four years for assisting an offender.
There was an investigation into police conduct during the events leading up to Mr Ebrahimi's death. Today three PCs and one police community support officer were at Bristol Crown Court on charges of misconduct in a public office, with one of them also charged with intending to pevert the course of justice.
PCs Helen Harris, 40 and Leanne Winter, 37, pleaded not guilty to misconduct, while police community support officer Andrew Passmore, 55, denied the same misconduct charge and also pleaded not guilty to intending to pevert the course of justice. PC Kevin Duffy, 51, did not enter a plea to a single charge of misconduct.
The defendants were granted bail and the case was adjourned for a trial expected to start on November 9th.
All four police officers have been given unconditional bail to appear for a plea and case management hearing on May 29.
A trial date has provisionally been set for November.
Bijan Ebrahimi's sister, Manisha Moores was present, supported by an anti race-hate charity.
Four police officers are due at Bristol Crown Court later in connection with the death of a man wrongly accused by neighbours of being a paedophile.
Kevin Duffy, Helen Harris, Leanne Winter and Andrew Passmore have been charged with misconduct in a public place following the death of Bijan Ebrahimi in Brislington in 2013.
It follows an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission into the way officers dealt with Mr Ebrahimi in the days leading up to his death.
The Crown Prosecution Service is considering taking action against two more members of Avon and Somerset Police, after the murder of a man in Bristol. Bijan Ebrahimi had begged for help just hours before he was beaten to death in July last year.
It brings the number of police staff or officers that have been referred to the prosecuting authority to six. Today Avon and Somerset's Acting Chief Constable said the force would "continue to improve the way we work to protect the public and keep them safe
Four more Avon and Somerset police officers are being investigated over their dealings with a man who was murdered and set alight outside his Bristol home. It takes the total number being questioned by the Independent Police Complaints Commission to 16.
Bijan Ebrahimi was killed last July after he was wrongly accused of being a paedophile. The Police and Crime Commissioner has tonight told ITV News that she'll seek answers over why the investigation is taking so long. Our Bristol Correspondent Richard Payne reports.
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset, Sue Mountstevens has backed the IPCC's investigation into officers accused of failings in the Bijan Ebrahimi murder inquiry.
It was revealed earlier today that four more officers will be investigated regarding their dealings with Ebrahimi before his death.
A further four Avon and Somerset police officers are being investigated over their dealings with a man who was murdered and set alight outside his Bristol home.
Iranian-born Bijan Ebrahimi was killed last July after neighbours wrongly accused him of being a paedophile.
Mr Ebrahimi, who lived alone in the Brislington area of Bristol, took photographs of those he accused of destroying the window boxes he tended outside his council-owned maisonnette.
Lee James and Stephen Norley, both 24, who lived near their victim, admitted their part in the attack last July.
James was sentenced to life with a minimum 18-year term, after pleading guilty to murder while Norley was given four years after admitting assisting his co-accused.
He turned to the police for help and phoned them on July 11. But instead Mr Ebrahimi was arrested on suspicion of a breach of the peace.
Latest ITV News reports
Two civilian police staff could face charges over the treatment of a Bristol man murdered by a vigilante who branded him a paedophile.