Two Met Police officers apologise for ‘the pain they have caused’ after they took photos of two murdered sisters in park and shared them on WhatsApp
- PCs Deniz Jaffer, 47, and Jamie Lewis, 32, admitted wrongdoing and said sorry
- The two police officers had both been charged with misconduct in public office
- They were in court after an Independent Office for Police Conduct investigation
Two police officers who shared photos of the dead bodies of two sisters after they were killed in a park today said they were ‘sorry beyond measure for the pain they have caused’ as they admitted misconduct in public office.
Pc Deniz Jaffer, 47, and Pc Jamie Lewis, 32, took ‘non-official and inappropriate photographs’ at the crime scene before sharing them on WhatsApp between 7 and 23 June 2020.
Nicole Smallman, 27, and Bibaa Henry, 46, were stabbed to death at Fryent Country Park in Wembley, in the early hours of June 6 after having a picnic to celebrate Ms Henry’s birthday.
Social worker Ms Henry, from Brent, and photographer Ms Smallman, from Harrow, were both pronounced dead at the scene.
The bodies were discovered in the park the following day by Ms Smallman’s boyfriend, Adam, who conducted a search himself after reporting them missing.
The officers were charged with misconduct following an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct watchdog.
Both PC Jamie Lewis and PC Deniz Jaffer admitted misconduct in public office today
Unmasked: PC Jaffer, 47, was charged with misconduct in a public office over the pictures
Nicole Smallman, 27, and Bibaa Henry, 46, who were stabbed to death in Wembley last year
Following their arrest last June 22 both officers were suspended from duty.
Pc Jaffer and Pc Lewis, both based at Forest Gate Police Station in the Met’s North East Command, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court and indicated guilty pleas to the charge of misconduct in a public office.
Luke Ponte, representing Jaffer and Lewis, said: ‘I am instructed to indicate a guilty plea on behalf of both defendants.
‘There will be a written basis of plea between now and the pleas being formally entered.
‘They are sorry beyond measure for the pain they have caused.’
The charge said the constables ‘sent information about their attendance’ at the crime scene to members of the public via WhatsApp and ‘took photographs of the crime scene’.
They ‘wilfully and without reasonable excuse’ misconducted themselves in a way which ‘amounted to an abuse of the public’s trust’.
Senior District judge Paul Goldspring bailed the officers to appear at the Old Bailey on 24 June.
The sisters’ mother Mina Smallman (pictured) told the BBC that the pictures ‘dehumanised’ her children
Reports of the pictures had devastated the mother of Ms Smallman and Henry.
Mina Smallman told the BBC at the time that the pictures ‘dehumanised’ her children.
‘This has taken our grief to another place,’ she said.
Met Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said she was stunned at news of the allegations last yeear.
She said: ‘My heart goes out to the family.
‘In relation to the allegations about a photograph, I am dumbfounded. I am appalled.’
Police previously released pictures of senior social worker Ms Henry, from Brent in north-west London, and photographer Ms Smallman dancing with fairy lights before they were murdered.
The pair had met with friends during the evening to celebrate Ms Henry’s birthday.
Danyal Hussein, 18, from Blackheath, has been charged with two counts of murder and possession of an offensive weapon, and faces trial later this year.