Detectives have requested pc specialists to attempt to recuperate two hours of lacking footage from a police cell the place a lady claims she was drugged and raped.
An impartial evaluate is about to be carried out into the case of Zayna Iman, who believes she was drugged and sexually assaulted in a Greater Manchester Police cell.
Since her alleged ordeal in February 2021, Ms Iman has been combating to search out out precisely what occurred throughout her 40-hour detention and who was accountable.
CCTV from inside her cell reveals her, apparently unconscious, being carried right into a cell by three feminine officers.
“I’m being restrained despite not being responsive, I’m handcuffed,” stated Ms Iman, who has waived her proper to anonymity.
The footage, obtained by Ms Iman via a topic entry request, additionally reveals her being strip-searched and left undressed for extended durations.
Police had taken the 38-year-old to a station on 5 February after a buddy whom she FaceTimed turned involved for her welfare as a result of she had taken cocaine.
Ms Iman went to hospital after being launched from police custody and was there for 5 days, paperwork present. After leaving hospital, she started asking Greater Manchester Police for proof of what occurred whereas within the cell.
When she acquired the footage after a 12 months, two hours had been lacking. At 1pm on 6 February, the footage reveals Ms Iman bare, trying up on the digicam, earlier than the display screen goes clean. There can be part the day earlier than the place the footage cuts out. Both hours are lacking from the footage.
A health care provider’s entry on 9 February states: “Zayna has hung out with workers attempting to make sense of the issues which have occurred and has now queried whether or not she was really raped by the police.”
The report concludes that Ms Iman, “who does not have any prior history of mental disorder”, was admitted with an acute psychotic episode that was resolved without treatment.
“It is highly likely that this is drug related to ‘the date rape drug’ which led to a sexual assault.”
Police on Wednesday denied withholding the footage deliberately and say they are asking digital forensics experts to try to get back two hour-long segments of missing CCTV footage from the custody cell.
In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said the footage from the cell was put onto four discs, one of which corrupted. When the files were recovered, it was found that two hours of footage were missing.
However, by this time, the “mum or dad footage on the servers had been overwritten” as a result of the usual time for retaining the footage had handed, the power stated.
It added: “We have recovered and secured the servers and have an active line of enquiry – being if the outstanding hours can be recovered by Digital Forensics professionals.”
Watchdog the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) initially ordered an investigation led by Greater Manchester Police, however final month after the allegations had been broadly publicised, Deputy Chief Constable Terry Woods made one other referral to the IOPC “to assure Miss Iman and the public that all of her allegations will be rigorously and independently reviewed”.
Former victims commissioner Dame Vera Baird has been requested to look into the allegations by Ms Iman.
On Thursday Mr Woods stated the IOPC was nonetheless assessing the second referral, and the police Professional Standards Branch had contacted Ms Iman.
“The force will positively engage with Dame Vera Baird’s independent review,” he stated.
“We are obviously aware of and understand the concerns regarding the allegations that the force is withholding footage so I would like to provide reassurance.
“The following explanation details why, at this time, we have been unable to recover two one-hour segments of the CCTV footage from the custody cell. It is not the case that we are withholding this deliberately.
“The footage was burnt onto four discs in hour-long segments. One disc corrupted but files were recovered by the Digital Investigation Unit.
“Upon review, it was identified that two hours (From 10:00 to 10:59 hours on 05/02/21, and from 13:00 to 13:59 hours on 06/02/21) were missing but, by that date, the parent footage on the servers had been overwritten (due to the standard retention time having passed).
“However, we have recovered and secured the servers and have an active line of enquiry – being if the outstanding hours can be recovered by Digital Forensics professionals.”