Met Police officers plead guilty to misdemeanor sharing of images of murdered sisters’ bodies | UK News

Two Metropolitan police officers have pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office after sharing photos of the bodies of two murdered sisters on WhatsApp.

PC Deniz Jaffer 47 and PC Jamie Lewis, 33, appeared before Judge Mark Lucraft at Old Bailey on Tuesday morning accused of committing a misdemeanor in a public office between June 7 and June 23 last year.

PC Deniz Jaffer arrives at Old Bailey in London, where he appears accused of misconduct in a public office.  Image Date: Tuesday, November 2, 2021.
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PC Deniz Jaffer arrives at Old Bailey in London, where he appears accused of misconduct in a public office

Officers had been assigned to protect the scene at Wembley’s Fryent County Park after sisters Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, was found dead in bushes.

Instead, they violated the blockade to take “inappropriate” and “unauthorized” photos of the bodies, which were then shared on WhatsApp.

Jaffer took four pictures and Lewis took two, and one of the pictures sent to a female colleague had Lewis’ face superimposed on it, it can now be reported.

The couple was later arrested as part of a criminal investigation of the watchdog from the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

During the hearing, they both admitted the same charge, stating that “without permission, he entered a crime scene he had been designated to protect and sent information about his participation on the spot to members of the public via WhatsApp and took pictures of crime scene “.

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The couple, attached Metropolitan police‘s North East command unit, were both suspended from service following their arrests on June 22 last year.

The sisters’ mother Mina Smallman, who has described the officers as “contemptible”, sat in court for the trial.

Mina Smallman, mother of Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry, arrives at Old Bailey in London, where two Metropolitan Police officers appear accused of misconduct in a public office.  Image Date: Tuesday, November 2, 2021.
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Mina Smallman, mother of Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry, arrives at Old Bailey in London for the hearing

Last week, Satanist Danyal Hussein, 19 imprisoned for life with a minimum term of 35 years for murdering Mrs. Henry and Mrs. Smallman.

During Hussein’s trial, Mrs Justice Whipple had banned the reporting of details of the conduct of Jaffer and Lewis, which were referred to only as PC 1 and PC 2.

The jury had heard that the victims had been celebrating Mrs Henry’s birthday when they were stabbed by Hussein.

Hussein had then dragged their bodies into bushes, leaving them with their limbs intertwined in a deliberate act to contaminate them in death.

Undated handout photo issued by Danyal Hussein's Metropolitan Police.  Hussein, 19, was found guilty at Old Bailey of the murders of sisters Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, after allegedly seeking to enter into a blood pact with a demon to kill women in return for winning the lottery.  Date of issue: Tuesday, July 6, 2021. See PA History COURT Wembley.  Image credit must be: Metropolitan Police / PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This distribution photo may only be used for editorial reporting
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Danyal Hussein, 19, was found guilty at Old Bailey of the murders of sisters Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27.

About 36 hours later, the sisters were found by Ms Smallman’s desperate boyfriend, Adam Stone, 35, after he became concerned when she failed to return home to their bearded dragon.

When police began the arduous process of searching the park for forensic evidence, the sisters’ bodies were left in the small cob overnight.

The jury was shown photos taken by PC Jaffer in early June 8 of the bodies inside the bushy area where they were found.

Photo of Bibaa Henry (L) and Nicole Smallman taken from Mrs. Henry's phone in Fryent Country Park
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Photo of Bibaa Henry (L) and Nicole Smallman taken from Mrs. Henry’s phone in Fryent Country Park

Throughout the trial, images of the bodies in situ had been blacked out before being shown in court.

It can now be reported that Jaffer and Lewis were given the task of guarding the landfill on June 8, and arrived at. 03.30 before being placed at the inner barrier closest to the corpses.

They were asked to remain on their posts and preserve the integrity of the scene.

But a female colleague – only identified as PC 3 – saw them go back and forth to talk to each other.

PC 3 was then approached by the defendants, who told her that the victims’ bodies were inside a bush close to where one of them had been standing.

Some time later, the female officer received a WhatsApp message from Jaffer – PC 1 – containing four photographs of the bodies.

One of the pictures had Lewis’ face – PC 2 – superimposed on it.

Juries were told that the pictures were subsequently circulated by both defendants.

Sketch of a legal artist by Elizabeth Cook by Danyal Hussein (center), who appears on the quay at Old Bailey, London, where he is accused of killing sisters Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry in Fryent Country Park, Wembley, north-west London, in the early hours of Saturday, June 6, 2020. Image Date: Wednesday, June 9, 2021.
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Court artist sketch by Danyal Hussein (center) performing in the quay at Old Bailey

The court heard that the bodies would not have been visible from the path next to the bushes, so to take the pictures, the officers would have had to move from their posts. None of the officers were wearing protective clothing that night.

The victims’ mother, Mina Smallman, condemned the officers, saying: “Our family’s grief was further amplified by the detainees, who will now be known as Despicable 1 and 2 – any inner strength I had reserved had been torn away.”

At a previous hearing in the magistrates’ court, a lawyer apologized to the two officers on their behalf for the “pain they have caused” and indicated that they would plead guilty to misconduct.

The IOPC also concluded one separate study of how Met handled calls from worried relatives and friends to missing Mrs Smallman and Mrs Henry before their bodies were discovered on 7 June.

Ms. Smallman has denied an apology from the Metropolitan Police after the force’s response to their death was found by the watchdog to be below standard.

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