Two former Metropolitan Police officers who shared photos of the bodies of two murdered sisters on WhatsApp are being sentenced today (December 6).
PC Deniz Jaffer and PC Jamie Lewis were assigned to protect the scene after sisters Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, were found dead in bushes in Fryent Country Park in Wembley, North West London.
Instead, they breached the cordon to take ‘inappropriate’ and ‘unauthorised’ photographs of the bodies, which were then shared on WhatsApp.
Lewis even superimposed his face onto a picture with the victims in the background.
He sent the doctored image to Jaffer, who forwarded it to a female officer at the scene.
Jaffer went on to show one of the photos to a male officer as they left the park and sent others to three friends on WhatsApp.
Lewis, who used “degrading and sexist” language, also shared crime scene pictures with a WhatsApp group of 40-plus officers called the “A Team”.
At a hearing at the Old Bailey last Tuesday (November 30), the officers pleaded guilty committing misconduct in a public office between June 7 and June 23 last year.
Jaffer, 47, of Hornchurch, East London, and Lewis, 33, from Colchester, Essex, had been arrested as part of a criminal investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) watchdog.
The pair, who were attached to the Met’s North East command unit, were both suspended from duty following their arrests on June 22 last year and granted unconditional court bail.
Last month, a tribunal found the officers had committed gross misconduct.
Lewis was dismissed from the Metropolitan Police immediately and Jaffer would have been sacked too, had he not already quit the force.
Previously, the sisters’ mother Mina Smallman called on the Metropolitan Police to “get the rot out once and for all”.
Jaffer and Lewis will be sentenced by Judge Mark Lucraft.
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