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Family slam Met Police over bungled inquiry

UNANSWERED QUESTIONS: Kester David

THE FAMILY of an African-Caribbean man believed to have been burned alive have slammed the Metropolitan Police for punishing the detective who exposed errors into the investigation.

“What’s going to happen to the officers who are still walking around and who failed?” questioned Roger David, the brother of victim Kester David who was found dead under a railway arch in north London on July 7, 2010.

Officers originally deemed the death as suicide.

However, Inspector Brian Casson produced a report that found a ‘catalogue of errors’ with the police inquiry, such as failing to check CCTV footage, mobile phone evidence or speak to witnesses.

The document was leaked to the media and Casson was later charged with misconduct on an unrelated charge.

The officer later alleged that he was pressured by his bosses to state in his report that David had committed suicide.

David told the BBC: “From day one…we knew that Kester didn’t commit suicide.”

An employment tribunal found last week that Casson – still a serving police officer – was ‘unfairly treated’ by the force when he highlighted the failures.

“From what has been done to Casson, it shows no matter what the cost [the Met] will cover it up – even victimising their own staff,” Roger said.

He added: “Even though Casson did the truthful thing he was persecuted.”

His family believes the 53-year-old bus driver and part-time DJ was killed by a criminal gang because he was a police informant. They also claimed police officers failed to take his death seriously because he was black.

According to the Met, the death is now being treated as ‘unexplained’ and an investigation, ordered by the Met Commissioner, is ongoing.

Two police officers are due to travel to the United States for a period of five days to look into a fresh line of inquiry, The Voice was told last week.

Roger said the Met had robbed the family of their right to justice for their loved one.

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