Two Metropolitan Police officers plead guilty to sharing pictures of two murdered sisters

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The mother of two murdered sisters whose dead bodies were photographed by serving Met police officers and shared on WhatsApp said the force needed to ‘get the rot out’.

PC Deniz Jaffer and Pc Jamie Lewis were supposed to protect the scene after sisters Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, were found stabbed to death in Fryent Country Park in Wembley, north-west London.

But instead, they breached the cordon to take ‘inappropriate’ and ‘unauthorised’ photographs of the bodies, which were then sent ‘to a dentist and doctor’, and a WhatsApp group.

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Jaffer took four photographs and Lewis took two – one of which was sent to a female colleague with Lewis’s face superimposed onto it.

Police watchdog the IOPC later revealed Lewis also used ‘degrading and sexist language’ to describe the victims in the WhatsApp team group of 42 colleagues.

As Dame Cressida Dick apologised for the second time, Ms Henry and Ms Smallman’s bereft mother Mina slammed the Met Commissioner for the botched investigation into her daughter’s deaths. 

She criticised ‘Her shoddy way of behaving and her response since all of this has come out’ adding: ‘She has not contacted us to say I am really sorry. She has not spoken into this story at all.

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‘You go to London to start to prepare the funeral of your dead children and are told that police officers that should have been protecting the area had actually taken selfies and sent them out to a dentist and a doctor and a WhatsApp group.

‘When I was in a senior position, if my organisation or department failed, it was on me.

‘I had to take the can for it. Well it’s now time for them to take the can for it. They are beyond hope.’

Following their guilty pleas, the Met said it was taking ‘immediate steps’ to put former PC Jaffer, who has resigned from the force, and PC Lewis before accelerated misconduct hearings.

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Met Commissioner Dick said: ‘Our thoughts today are with the family and friends of Bibaa and Nicole.

‘I deeply regret that at a time when they were grieving the loss of their loved ones who were taken in such awful circumstances, they faced additional distress caused by the actions of two police officers.

‘What former PC Jaffer and PC Lewis chose to do that day was utterly unprofessional, disrespectful and deeply insensitive. I know that is the view of colleagues across the Met who utterly condemn this behaviour. 

Unmasked: PC Jaffer, 47, was charged with misconduct in a public office over the pictures

Unmasked: PC Jaffer, 47, was charged with misconduct in a public office over the pictures

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Pc Jamie Lewis leaves the Old Bailey, after pleading guilty to misconduct in a public office

Pc Jamie Lewis leaves the Old Bailey, after pleading guilty to misconduct in a public office

PC Deniz Jaffer arrives at the Old Bailey in London, charged with misconduct in a public office

PC Deniz Jaffer arrives at the Old Bailey in London, charged with misconduct in a public office

Mina Smallman, mother of Nicole Smallman, 27, and Bibaa Henry, 46, at court this morning

Mina Smallman, mother of Nicole Smallman, 27, and Bibaa Henry, 46, at court this morning

Met Police chief’s dossier of shame 

  • In July 2005, Dame Cressida Dick was in charge of the operation which saw innocent electrician Jean Charles de Menezes shot dead on a Tube train after he was mistaken for a terrorist who was under surveillance
  • In 2014, she sanctioned the creation of Operation Midland, the disastrous investigation into spurious VIP child sex abuse allegations that saw innocent men pursued by the force
  • In 2019, Dame Cressida’s force was widely criticised for its ‘light-touch’ policing of Extinction Rebellion protests, which blocked several key areas of London l
  • In March this year, the Met was criticised over its ‘heavy-handed’ policing of a vigil for murdered Sarah Everard at Clapham Common. But its tactics were later cleared by a watchdog.
  • In June, she was accused of ‘obfuscation’ for thwarting the Daniel Morgan inquiry team’s attempts to access sensitive documents, leading to delays that cost the taxpayer millions. The report found that her force was ‘institutionally corrupt’
  • Dame Cressida also faced criticism over July’s security shambles which saw ticketless fans storm Wembley Stadium before the England-Italy Euros final
  • Today she was told she could carry the can for officers who took pictures of the dead bodies of murder victims of Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, by their grieving mother

‘They have pleaded guilty today to a serious criminal offence and sentencing will follow in due course.

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‘I apologised to Bibaa and Nicole’s family in June last year and, on behalf of the Met, I apologise again today.

‘Now that the judicial process has got to this stage, we are able to take the officers through an accelerated misconduct process.’

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 charge against each of them stated that ‘without authorisation he entered a crime scene he had been assigned to protect, sending information about his attendance at the scene to members of the public via WhatsApp and taking photographs of the crime scene’. 

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The sisters’ mother Mina Smallman, who has described the officers as ‘despicable’, sat in court for the hearing.

Paul Goddard, from the CPS, said outside court: ‘Pc Jamie Lewis and Pc Deniz Jaffer’s senseless conduct fell way below that to be expected from police officers.

‘These officers were tasked with protecting a tragic crime scene.

‘But instead they violated it for their own purposes, with no regard to the dignity of the victims, or the harm they might do to a murder investigation.

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‘Their thoughtless and insensitive actions have no doubt caused immeasurable further distress and pain to the heartbroken family and friends of Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry who were already left reeling from the loss of their loved ones. Our thoughts are very much with them at this time.’

The pair, attached to the Met’s North East command unit, were both suspended from duty following their arrests on June 22 last year.

Jaffer, of Hornchurch, east London, and Lewis, from Colchester, Essex, are on unconditional bail. 

Artists impression of PC Jamie Lewis and PC Deniz Jaffer appearing at the Old Bailey today

Artists impression of PC Jamie Lewis and PC Deniz Jaffer appearing at the Old Bailey today

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Nicole Smallman, 27,

Bibaa Henry, 46,

Nicole Smallman, 27, and Bibaa Henry, 46, who were stabbed to death in Wembley last year

Murderer: Danyal Hussein, 19, who killed sisters Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, seen here in his police mugshot

Murderer: Danyal Hussein, 19, who killed sisters Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, seen here in his police mugshot

The sisters (above), who had been celebrating Ms Henry's birthday with friends, were found the following day by Ms Smallman's boyfriend

The sisters (above), who had been celebrating Ms Henry’s birthday with friends, were found the following day by Ms Smallman’s boyfriend

Mina Smallman, mother of the two victims looking on as Danyal Hussein appears in the dock at the Old Bailey, where he would try to intimidate and provoke her. She refused and would smile and wink back

Mina Smallman, mother of the two victims looking on as Danyal Hussein appears in the dock at the Old Bailey, where he would try to intimidate and provoke her. She refused and would smile and wink back

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Victims’ mother said PCs’ photo outrage was ‘last straw’ in her grief

Speaking outside the Old Bailey in London, Mina Smallman described how learning about the two officers; behaviour after her daughters’ murders was the ‘last straw’.

She said: ‘You go to London to start to prepare for the funeral of your two children and you are forced to have a meeting with the IOPC’s (Independent Office for Police Conduct) then-commander to tell you that police officers that should have been protecting the area had actually taken selfies and sent them out to a dentist and doctor and a WhatsApp group.’

She said that officers should understand that they are ‘not above the law’ and are ‘not going to be protected’.

She said: ‘You need to drill down and get the rot out once and for all.’

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Asked if the Met Commissioner should resign, she said: ‘Kicking people out does not fix the problem. Keep her in the position and get her to do the job.’

But she criticised Dame Cressida for her ‘shoddy way of behaving and her response since all of this has come out’.

Mrs Smallman told reporters: ‘She has not contacted us to say I am really sorry. She has not spoken into this story at all.

‘And it’s shameful that the IOPC had to tell the Met they should apologise to us in their failings for the missing persons (investigation).

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‘Too little too late. Too little too late.

‘When I was in a senior position, if my organisation or department failed, it was on me.

‘I had to take the can for it. Well it’s now time for them to take the can for it. They are beyond hope.’

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On Thursday the mother of Ms Henry and Ms Smallman vowed to stop him ever being released from prison.

Mina Smallman  said justice had been done for her ‘beautiful girls’ as their ‘deluded’ killer was locked up for at least 35 years.

Mrs Smallman had looked on while Danyal Hussein sat with his back to the court as he was jailed for life via video link from Belmarsh prison. 

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Speaking outside the Old Bailey, in central London, Mrs Smallman condemned the 19-year-old, who had stabbed her daughters to death after making a pact with a devil.

On his behaviour in court, she said: ‘It’s all a performance. There is nothing wrong with him. He’s just an obnoxious human being.’

She went on: ‘He is a broken human being who, if he had not been caught, four other families may have been suffering what we have.

‘Well he ain’t out there now and I think he is so deluded, come 35 years’ time they will not let him out.

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‘I will not let them.’

Mrs Smallman went on: ‘There will be no celebrations here but justice has been done.’

She called for a review of the law, after the court heard that Hussein could not be handed a whole life order because of his youth. 

She praised the Metropolitan Police for bringing Hussein to justice, saying she did not ‘cast a whole organisation by one particular sort of incident’.

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But in the wake of a critical police watchdog report on the handling of the sisters’ missing persons report, she said there was an ‘underground that has infiltrated and is growing in our Metropolitan Police’.

She also thanked the media who had followed the case, saying: ‘Everybody is worth knowing about.’

On her daughters, she said: ‘They were beautiful, beautiful girls.

‘Bibaa left behind a daughter who has given birth to a son in the last year and I am a great grandmother.’

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She said Ms Henry had been an ‘amazing’ social worker but she grieved for her younger daughter Ms Smallman more because ‘she had 20 years less than Bibaa’.

She added: ‘Good girls – I’m really proud of them.’

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