Forensic scientist to stand trial accused of mishandling Met Police evidence

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A forensic scientist with the Metropolitan Police is facing charges of misconduct in a public office next month.

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Ursula Collins has been charged with eight offenses, including failure to produce and store evidence in accordance with the Met Police’s required process, failure to request DNA analysis of a sample, and mislead a police officer in connection with the submission of DNA samples. includes doing.

The incident is said to have taken place between 2009 and 2018.


The 41-year-old, a resident of Mitchum, south London, was charged after an investigation into misappropriation of evidence at the Met Police’s forensic laboratory.

On Monday, Ms Collins appeared at Southwark Crown Court for a pre-trial hearing.

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The charges against him allege that he “deliberately and without reasonable excuse or justification” mistreated himself “in a manner that jeopardized the public’s confidence in the office-holder by failing to create and store performances in accordance with procedure”. Failed to request for misusing DNA analysis of a sample, misleading the officer in charge of investigation with respect to the sample being submitted and causing undue delay.

Ms Collins has been granted unconditional bail until her trial, which is set to begin on 8 November. The proceedings are expected to last for eight days.


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