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LONDON (AP) - London's Metropolitan Police refused to comment Wednesday on a report that undercover officers used hollow-point ammunition to kill a Brazilian who was mistaken for a suicide bomber.

Jean Charles de Menezes, 27, was shot seven times in the head at an Underground station on July 22, a day after four failed bombing attempts against London's transport system.

The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday that the officers who killed Menezes with seven shots to the head had hollow-point ammunition which expands on impact and causes massive damage.

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UK: Police detective faces jai

Detective Constable John Richmond, 53, visited the 45-year old at home after she took a drugs overdose on December 7, 2008.

The woman, from Harlesden, north west London, had discharged herself from nearby Central Middlesex Hospital just a day earlier.

Shortly after the tryst, she reported the Metropolitan Police detective, who was working for the Missing Persons Unit based at Kilburn Police Station.

She initially claimed she DC Richmond raped her but the charge was later dropped on the basis that there was not enough evidence to prove the liaison was not consensual.

Instead DC Richmond, of Amersham, Buckinghamshire, was charged with Misconduct in a Public Office following an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Tim Hunter, prosecuting, told Southwark Crown Court: "The mischief of the matter is he was acting in an official capacity. She was plainly vulnerable and he should not have been doing what he was doing."

Bridget Petherbridge, defending, said her client had pleaded guilty to misconduct in public office.

But he maintains that "sexual intercourse was instigated" by the woman and he did not know how vulnerable she was, she added.

Judge Gregory Stone QC said the case was clearly "very sensitive".

"I appreciate he says he wasn't aware, but she had taken an overdose," he said. "She had been in hospital."

DC Richmond was granted bail before he is sentenced on June 25.

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