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Drug frame charge cops face retrial

PUBLISHED: 10:57 17 September 2009 | UPDATED: 17:08 25 August 2010

TWO police officers accused of trying to frame a musician by planting cannabis on him are facing a retrial next year.

TWO police officers accused of trying to frame a musician by planting cannabis on him are facing a retrial next year.

Sergeant Marcus Garvey, 44, from Abbey Wood and Constable Wayne Campbell, 41, from Cliffe, allegedly lied they had found the drug in Benjamin Thacker's pocket during a raid after finding it on the floor. Prosecutors claim the officers were caught out by Thacker who secretly taped his arrest at a boarded up squat in Tudway Road at the Ferrier Estate, Kidbrooke, on January 26, last year.

Mr Thacker was cleared of possessing the class C drug after the dictaphone recording was played at his trial at Greenwich Magistrates Court in March last year. But five days into the trial last Friday at Southwark Crown Court Judge Christopher Hardy discharged the jury for legal reasons. The judge allowed the officers, who were based at Eltham Police Station, bail ahead of a retrial set for May 3, 2010. They both deny one count of doing acts tending or intended to pervert the course of public justice between January 25 and March 6, 2008.

Police Community Support Officer Stefanie Loftus, 23, of Ilford, Essex, denied a similar charge and was cleared last Thursday by direction of the judge.

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