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.