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Officer took bribe to report ‘false confession’ in Dagenham man’s murder trial

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A prison officer at HMP Belmarsh was paid £500 to lie on behalf of a murder suspect, according to court documents. Wiktoria Bujko, 30, pled guilty to perverting the course of justice after reporting a “false confession” by one of three men on trial for the murder of Iron Miah, who was murdered on his doorway.

Mr Miah, 40, was shot in the head on November 19, 2019 in Nelson Street, East London, and died in the hospital two days later. Mohammed Moshaer Ali, 31, of Dagenham, Antonio Afflick-McLeod, 32, of Ilford, and Aaron Campbell, 32, of Fulham, were convicted guilty of his murder after a third Old Bailey trial on January 9.

Bujko’s guilty plea may now be publicised since Judge Nigel Lickley KC removed a prohibition prior to the defendants’ sentence. An previous trial was called off when former prison guard Bujko gave police a false statement.

Wiktoria Bujko
Wiktoria Bujko, 30, will be sentenced on February 28 (Image: 2021 Getty Images)

Prosecutor Crispin Aylett KC said Ali had put Bujko up to creating an “entirely false account of a confession by Aaron Campbell”. Ali had “repeatedly shown himself to be an outrageous liar” and rewarded Bujko with “money, gifts and promises”, Mr Aylett said.

She was working at HMP Belmarsh, a high-security prison in South East London, where all three offenders were on remand. On October 17, 2022, shortly before a retrial was supposed to begin, Bujko delivered a statement regarding a discussion she claimed to have overheard the previous weekend in the prison healthcare unit between Campbell and another inmate.

The court heard that someone deposited £500 into Bukjo’s bank account the day after she filed her witness testimony. Her story stated that Campbell and Afflick-McLeod intended to rob Ali of drugs.

They encountered Mr Miah when Ali sent him to a meeting in his place, she claimed. An examination of CCTV footage of the unit revealed that Campbell was not there when she claimed to have witnessed the exchange.

Bujko told the jury that she had known Ali when he was imprisoned to HMP Thameside, where she worked. Bujko, of Marlborough Road in Woolwich, was arrested in December 2022.

While on bail, she sought to be a probation officer and worked one day as a trainee in February 2023 before being let go. Both Bujko and Ali pled guilty to conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. All accused will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on February 28th.

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