Met Police forensic scientist, 41, will stand trial over claims she mishandled lab evidence

Met Police forensic scientist, 41, will stand trial over claims she mishandled lab evidence over period of nine years

  • Ursula Collins, 41, from Mitcham, south London, is accused of eight offences
  • She is accused of mishandling evidence and also misleading police officers
  • Collins appeared at Southwark Crown Court on Monday for a pre-trial hearing


A Metropolitan Police forensic scientist is to stand trial accused of misconduct in a public office.

Ursula Collins, from Mitcham, south London, is accused of eight offences, which are alleged to have taken place between 2009 and 2018.

The 41-year-old was charged following an investigation into the suspected mishandling of evidence within the Metropolitan Police’s forensic laboratory.

She is charged with following to fail procedure, failing to request DNA analysis and misleading officers.  

Met forensic scientist Ursula Collins, 41, is charged with eight counts of misconduct in a public office between 2009 and 2018

Met forensic scientist Ursula Collins, 41, is charged with eight counts of misconduct in a public office between 2009 and 2018

The charges against her allege Collins ‘willfully and without reasonable excuse or justification misconducted yourself in a way which amounted to an abuse of the public’s trust in the office holder’. 

It is claimed she ‘failed to create and store exhibits in accordance with required procedure, failing to request DNA analysis of a sample, misleading the officer in charge of the investigation in relation to the sample being submitted and causing an undue delay’.

Collins appeared at Southwark Crown Court on Monday for a pre-trial hearing.

A trial has been fixed for November 8 and is expected to last eight days.

Collins was granted unconditional bail.

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