Police worker admits accessing confidential information on Harlesden murder
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A civilian police worker has admitted accessing confidential information on a murder investigation in Harlesden.
Today at Southwark Crown Court Ebenezer Awotwi, 46, pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office by accessing the reports between January 23, 2010, and January 4 last year.
He 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.
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, who worked for the Metropolitan Police, denies leaking the report on Mr Maderazo’s death to Van Der Riet.
A judge will now hear evidence from Awotwi and Van Der Riet to determine the document leak issue before sentencing the police worker.
But Van Der Riet may now have to give evidence to the sentencing hearing via Skpe, as he has since been deported to his native South Africa and the Home Office will not allow him back into the UK.
Prosecutor Andrew Evans told the court Awotwi’s basis of plea was not accepted, adding: “The crown’s case is the defendant accessed the reports unlawfully and showed them to the chief suspect.”
The case was adjourned until November 25 when Awotwi and Van Der Riet will give evidence.
Awotwi from Stanmore was granted bail ahead of the next hearing.