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Officer Barr ‘used deceased people’s bank cards’ in corruption probe

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Muhammed Mustafa Darr

Muhammed Mustafa Darr, 37, of Westminster, appeared in Westminster Magistrates’ Court today after being accused of misconduct in public office and perverting the court of justice. He has been suspended.

Muhammed Mustafa Darr, 37, is also accused of stealing a laptop and a suitcase from the Mercedes of a suspect who had been apprehended by his colleagues.

He is also accused of searching for information on himself and others on police computer networks and encouraging an individual to get rid of evidence linking him to an inquiry.

Darr was charged in December 2018 with ‘three charges of misconduct in a public office’ and one count of ‘perverting the course of justice’ while working as a constable on a response unit, following an investigation into suspected corruption.

When he arrived in Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, he put a hood over his head and covered his face with a surgical mask, spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth, and residence in Walthamstow, east London.

Darr, who was assigned to the Metropolitan Police Department’s North Area Basic Command Unit, was not asked to enter a plea to any of the allegations.

According to one of the misconduct accusations, he is accused of “abusing his position” to get credit/debit card information from deceased members of the public.

Darr reportedly used the information “to acquire or seek to acquire goods or money transfers for himself or others through fraud, and to sell on goods obtained through fraud.”

Another accusation of misconduct says that he exploited police computer systems to dig up information about himself and others “for no legitimate policing purpose.”

According to the third, he grabbed “a laptop computer and a bag and its contents” from the Mercedes of a suspect who had been apprehended by his colleagues.

Darr is also accused of perverting the course of justice between March 22 and June 6, 2020, by using his access to check on the status of a police investigation involving Asif Mushtaq.

Darr then “spoke to Ali Ikram and Asif Mushtaq, advising Asif Mushtaq to conceal or destroy evidence linking him to the investigation,” according to the allegation.

Darr was granted bail by District Judge Briony Clarke ahead of his next appearance at Southwark Crown Court on May 24 on the condition that he remain at his home address.

Darr was charged after an inquiry by the Met’s directorate of professional standards, which was overseen by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

The Crown Prosecution Service then authorised criminal charges based on a dossier of evidence.

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