FOOTAGE of a man accused of murdering Alfie Steele lying to police about a year before the nine-year-old's death has been released. 

Howell, 41, and Alfie Steele's mother, Carla Scott, 35, are both accused of the murder of the child on February 18, 2021. 

As previously reported earlier in the trial PC Warren Edmunds, of Droitwich police, gave evidence.

He told the jury that on March 2, 2020, he had been called to a report of shouting and swearing in St Andrew's Square. 

His bodyworn camera footage was played to the court and, in it, the officer was seen confronting Howell outside Specsavers.



In the footage Howell can be heard saying he had done nothing wrong when spoken to about alleged public order offences. 

Howell is repeatedly asked for his details and gives a false name of Michael Jones to officers. 

The footage has been edited but in the original version the jury saw Alfie and Scott could be seen watching in the background before Howell was told he was free to leave.

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In the trial the officer was asked: "Did you subsequently become aware you had spoken to Dirk Howell?"

"I did yes," PC Edmunds replied. 

Howell, of Princip Street, Birmingham, has previously admitted child cruelty against other children but denies murder, manslaughter, cruelty or causing or allowing the death of Alfie.

Carla Scott, 35, denies murder, manslaughter, causing or allowing the death of Alfie and child cruelty offences against Alfie and other children.

The trial continues.