Senior Met officer denies failing to report sister over alleged abuse video

A senior Metropolitan Police officer commended for her work helping families affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster has denied failing to report her sister over an alleged child abuse video shared on WhatsApp.

Superintendent Novlett Robyn Williams, 54, is accused of failing to report sibling Jennifer Hodge to police after allegedly receiving the 54-second clip in February last year.

Williams, whose address can only be reported as being in south London, appeared at the Old Bailey to deny one count of corrupt or other improper exercise of police powers and privilege by a constable, and one count of possessing an indecent photograph of a child.

She spoke clearly to confirm her name and enter her pleas during the 40-minute hearing in central London, where she stood in the dock alongside her co-accused.

Novlett Robyn Williams
Williams denies all charges (Jessica Murray/PA)

Social worker Hodge, 55, of Brent in north-west London, is accused of one count of sending the video, which allegedly depicted a young girl performing a sex act on a man.

Bus driver Dido Massivi, 61, also of Brent, is charged with two counts of distributing an indecent photograph of a child, and one count of possessing an extreme pornographic image involving an animal.

All three pleaded not guilty to all charges and were released on bail. Their trial will be held at the Old Bailey, at a date yet to be fixed, and is expected to last for up to three weeks.

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