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Bijan Ebrahimi death: Two officers found guilty of misconduct


Two officers have today been found guilty at Bristol Crown Court of misconduct in a public office after they failed to act to protect Bijan Ebrahimi from vigilantes who later caused his death.

Bijan Ebrahimi was murdered when he was seriously assaulted and his body set alight in 2013. Following an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission looking into police actions ahead of his death, PC Kevin Duffy and PCSO Andrew Passmore were charged with misconduct in public office on the advice of the CPS.

Colin Gibbs, Specialist Prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Kevin Duffy ignored repeated requests for help from Bijan Ebrahimi who was in fear of his life. He clearly didn't like Bijan Ebrahimi and treated him as a liar and a nuisance. He refused to speak to him, including repeatedly ignoring his phone calls for help when he felt unsafe in his own home.

"Kevin Duffy was aware of the dangerous situation Bijan Ebrahimi was in and knew of the threat from the man who later went on to callously murder him.

"Kevin Duffy failed in his basic public duty. He had an opportunity to try and stop this vigilantism before it escalated.

"Andrew Passmore was found guilty of lying in a witness statement claiming he had carried out a foot patrol in the area around Bijan Ebrahimi's home for up to an hour. We hope today's convictions will be of some small comfort to Bijan Ebrahimi's family."

They will be sentenced next year.


The prosecution case against Kevin Duffy was:

In circumstances in which he knew that or ought to have known that BIJAN EBRAHIMI was at risk of harm from vigilantism, he:

(a) Failed to visit or otherwise make contact with BIJAN EBRAHIMI;
(b) Refused to speak to BIJAN EBRAHIMI on the telephone.

Andrew Passmore was found guilty of claiming in a witness statement dated 3rd September 2013 that he had carried out a foot patrol of Capgrave Crescent and the surrounding area on 12th July 2013 for a period of up to an hour.

PC Leanne Winter and PC Helen Harris were also charged with misconduct in a public office but were found not guilty.

Bijan Ebrahimi died on Sunday 14 July 2013. Lee James pleaded guilty to murder of Bijan Ebrahimi in 2013 and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 18 years. Steven Norley pleaded guilty to an offence of assisting an offender and was sentenced to four years' imprisonment.


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