Officers facing jail for sharing WhatsApp pictures of murder victims

Police officers facing jail for sharing WhatsApp pictures of murder victims Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman who they called ‘dead birdswere guilty of ‘catastrophic betrayal’, sorelle’ mother says

  • Pc Deniz Jaffer and Pc Jamie Lewis shared WhatsApp photos of murder victims
  • They referred to Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman as ‘dead birds’ nei messaggi
  • Vittime’ family members described the defendants as a ‘disgrace’ alla polizia
  • Two police officers who took pictures of murdered sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman have been accused of a ‘catastrophic betrayal’.

    Pc Deniz Jaffer and Pc Jamie Lewis were assigned to guard the scene overnight after Ms Henry, 46, and Ms Smallman, 27, were found dead in bushes in Fryent Country Park, Wembley, north-west Londra.

    Anziché, they breached the cordon to take photographs of the bodies, which were then shared with colleagues and members of the public on WhatsApp.

    One was a ‘selfie-styleimage which included Lewis’s face superimposed on it. The officers also described the victims as ‘dead birdsin WhatsApp groups.

    Lewis wrote: ‘Unfortunately I’m sat next to two dead birds full of stab wounds.

    Jaffer posted on another WhatsApp group: ‘I have pictures of the two dead victims. Let me know who doesn’t want to see.

    Jaffer, 47, di Hornchurch, Londra est, and Lewis, 33, from Colchester, Essex, pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office.

    Di lunedi, the pair appeared at the Old Bailey to be sentenced by Judge Mark Lucraft QC.

    In victim impact statements, family members described the defendants as a ‘disgraceto the police family and to mankind.

    Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman taken from Bibaa's phone. Two police officers who took photos of their murdered bodies are facing jail

    Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman taken from Bibaa’s phone. Two police officers who took photos of their murdered bodies are facing jail

    Pc Deniz Jaffer (sinistra) and Pc Jamie Lewis, the two police officers who took pictures of murdered sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman

    Pc Deniz Jaffer (sinistra) and Pc Jamie Lewis, the two police officers who took pictures of murdered sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman

    Mina Smallman, the mother of Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry, arriving at the Old Bailey, London ahead of the sentencing of Pc Deniz Jaffer and Pc Jamie Lewis

    Mina Smallman, the mother of Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry, arriving at the Old Bailey, London ahead of the sentencing of Pc Deniz Jaffer and Pc Jamie Lewis

    The women’s mother, Mina Smallman, said the officersactions were a ‘betrayal of catastrophic proportionsand a ‘sacrilegious act’.

    Finding out that the men took selfies ‘for their own amusementhad left the family ‘horrified’, lei disse.

    Mrs Smallman added: ‘Those police officers felt so safe, so untouchable, they felt they would take photos of our murdered daughters. Those officers dehumanised our children.

    ‘If it had not been for an anonymous tip-off to the IOPC (Ufficio indipendente per la condotta della polizia) we would never have known.

    She added that the actions of the officers amounted to ‘pure misogyny’.

    Setting out the facts, prosecutor Joel Smith said the officers had committed a ‘gross breach of trust’.

    They had been tasked with protecting the crime scene and instead stripped the victims of their ‘dignityin death, Egli ha detto.

    Their behaviour came amid public outcry over the murders which was ‘shocking in its ferocity and its nature’.

    Jaffer and Lewis, neither of whom was wearing forensic protection, had arrived in the park at 3.30am on June 8 l'anno scorso.

    Durante la notte, Jaffer took four pictures of the bodies in situ and Lewis took two, and superimposed his face on to one of them to create the ‘selfie-style’ Immagine.

    Jaffer sent an inexperienced female officer at the scene photographs of the bodies as they lay intertwined in the bushes, including Lewis’s ‘selfie’.

    Jaffer went on to show images to two other officers, including a female probationary officer he was supposed to be mentoring at Forest Gate police station, who was ‘shockedand ‘disgusted’.

    Lewis showed his phone displaying an image from the crime scene to another female officer who could not see it properly, la corte ha sentito.

    A giugno 19 l'anno scorso, the police watchdog received an anonymous ‘tip-offabout Lewis.

    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

    Nicole Smallman, 27,

    Bibaa henry, 46,

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

    Le sorelle (sopra), who had been celebrating Ms Henry's birthday with friends, were found the following day by Ms Smallman's boyfriend

    Le sorelle (sopra), who had been celebrating Ms Henry’s birthday with friends, were found the following day by Ms Smallman’s boyfriend

    As a result of information he provided, Jaffer was also arrested three days later.

    When his wife asked why he was being arrested, Jaffer said it was about a photograph he had taken and ‘nothing done intentionally’.

    An examination of the officersphones revealed that the inappropriate images had been shared on WhatsApp.

    The defendants were both members of a group called A Team, comprised of 41 Metropolitan Police officers.

    Jaffer was also in another WhatsApp group of nine other people who were not in the force.

    Shortly after arriving on the scene, Lewis posted to the A Team group an article about the discovery of the bodies, saying he and his colleagues were ‘living the Wembley dream’.

    Lewis wrote: ‘Unfortunately I’m sat next to two dead birds full of stab wounds.

    Jaffer posted on the other WhatsApp group: ‘I have pictures of the two dead victims. Let me know who doesn’t want to see.

    Further inquiries confirmed that Jaffer sent a photo of the bodies to a former colleague with the message: ‘This is what I have to deal with.

    Two more members of the public received pictures from him, with one sending it on to his partner.

    Officers from the IOPC visited all the people who were sent the images, which were deleted, la corte ha sentito.

    Analysis of Lewis’s phone showed that he had sent messages to a third WhatsApp group containing seven non-police members.

    He revealed to the group that he was involved in a double murder investigation, wrongly saying the victims were aged 20 e 14 and one was pregnant.

    Lo scorso mese, 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.

    Judge Lucraft will sentence the two officers later.

    In ottobre, Danyal Hussein, 19, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 35 years for the murders.

    The satan-worshipper who murdered the two sisters turned away in his chair when he was sentenced in final act of disrespect.

    He struck on Saturday, giugno 6 last year while the sisters were partying together in a north Londra to celebrate Bibaa’s 46th birthday.

    Hussein was attempting to fulfil his ‘contractwith a demon he had named Lucifuge Rofocalesigned in his own bloodin which he promised to kill six women in six months in return for winning the £321million Mega Millions Super Jackpot lottery and not being suspected of his crimes.

    Such was his obsession with winning a huge sum, he spent £180 on Lotto tickets in the days before he struck.

    The police’s lacklustre response to the women’s disappearance meant their bodies were found by their own friends and family.

    La loro madre, Mina Smallman, was the Church of England’s first female archdeacon from a black or minority ethnic background.

    She was outraged by the slow response to the murder and has said she is ‘convincedher daughtersrace played a role in the slow investigation into their deaths.

    A report by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) on the service provided by the Met found it was ‘below the standard that it should have been’.

    Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick apologised and said she would like to meet with the family personally.

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