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Officer is guilty of misconduct over murder

By Claire Hayhurst

Published 22/12/2015

Bijan Ebrahimi was murdered by a vigilante who said he was a paedophile
Bijan Ebrahimi was murdered by a vigilante who said he was a paedophile

A police officer and a community support officer have been convicted of misconduct after the vigilante murder of a disabled man.

Bijan Ebrahimi (44) was beaten to death and his body set on fire by neighbour Lee James, who wrongly believed he was a paedophile, in Bristol in 2013.

James was jailed for life for the murder, while Stephen Norley, who lived next door, was sentenced to four years in prison for assisting an offender.

Pc Kevin Duffy (52) and PCSO Andrew Passmore (56) were each convicted of a charge of misconduct in a public office by a jury at Bristol Crown Court.

Mr Ebrahimi's sister Manizhah Moores has called for Duffy and Passmore to be removed from Avon and Somerset Police.

Duffy and Passmore are two of 18 officers and staff facing misconduct proceedings within the force, nine for gross misconduct.

Judge Neil Ford told both men: "All sentencing options are open in this case."

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