Met police worker jailed for accessing confidential report on Harlesden murder
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A civilian police worker who accessed confidential information on a murder investigation in Harlesden has been jailed.
Ebenezer Awotwi pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office by accessing the reports between January 23, 2010, and January 4 last year without excuse of justification.
The 46-year-old from Stanmore, looked at classified crime reports on the supply of crystal meth including one about the killing of Jaypee Maderazo, who was addicted to the drug.
The 29-year-old Filipino died four days from serious head injuries after he was found dumped in Cecil Street on August 13, 2010.
David Van Der Riet, 36, had attacked him during a dispute over a woman and a £1,500 drug debt.
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He knocked him out with a single blow before bundling his body into the boot of his car and dumping him in the street.
Van Der Riet was convicted of manslaughter and jailed for six years at the Old Bailey in July 2011.
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Awotwi was arrested in April 2012 by officers from the Directorate of Professional Standards and subsequently dismissed from the Metropolitan Police Service.
Last week at Southwark Crown Court he was sentenced to nine months in prison.
Chief Superintendent Alaric Bonthron, Head of the Directorate of Professional Services, said: “Awotwi was a trusted member of police staff who abused his position accessing information that was not required within his role.
“He not only let himself down but also his colleagues and has been dismissed from the Metropolitan Police Service for gross misconduct.”