The mother of two sisters murdered at Wembley has called on the Metropolitan Police to “get rotted out once and for all” after officers took pictures of their bodies and shared them on WhatsApp.
PC Deniz Jaffer 47 and PC Jamie Lewis, 33, pleaded guilty to committing fraud in a public office in Old Bailey on Tuesday.
Officers had been assigned to protect the scene in 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 laid on top.
Speaking outside the Old Bailey after the hearing, the victims’ mother, Mina Smallman, urged the force to “drill down and get the councils out once and for all”.
“You are not above the law, you will not be protected,” she said before criticizing Met Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick for her “bad way of behaving and her response since all this has come out”.
Ms Smallman told reporters: “She has not contacted us to say ‘I’m really sorry’. She has not spoken into this story at all. And it is a shame that the IOPC (Independent Office for Police Conduct) had to to tell Met that they should apologize to us in their mistake for the missing persons (investigation). Too little too late. Too little too late. “
Met’s commissioner has apologized to the family on behalf of the force.
“Our thoughts today go to the family and friends of Bibaa and Nicole. I deeply regret that at a time when they were mourning the loss of their loved ones, who were taken in such horrific circumstances, they were facing further distress caused by two actions. police officers, “she said.
“What former PC Jaffer and PC Lewis chose to do that day was completely unprofessional, disrespectful and deeply insensitive. I know it is the attitude of colleagues across the Met that completely condemns this behavior.
“They have today pleaded guilty to a serious criminal act and the sentencing will follow suit. I apologized to Bibaa and Nicole’s family last June and on behalf of the Met I apologize again today.”
Speaking about the impact of the abuse case, Ms Smallman said, “It may seem really ridiculous that this case has brought us to even more anxiety today.”
She said it had been the “drop” to find out what Jaffer and Lewis had done while preparing for her daughters’ funeral.
She added: “You are going to London to start preparing for the funeral of your two children and you are forced to hold a meeting with the then head of the IOPC to tell you that police officers who should have protected the area, had actually taken selfies. and sent them out to a dentist and doctor and a WhatsApp group. “
The two officers were later arrested as part of a criminal investigation of the watchdog from the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
At the hearing on Tuesday, they both admitted the same charge, stating that “without permission, he entered a crime scene he had been assigned to protect, sent information about his participation on the spot to members of the public via WhatsApp and took pictures of the crime scene “.
The couple, attached Metropolitan police‘s North East command unit, were both suspended from service following their arrests on June 22 last year.
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 celebrated Mrs Henry’s birthday when they were viciously stabbed by Hussein, who then dragged their bodies into bushes, leaving them with their limbs intertwined in a deliberate act to contaminate them in death.
It can now be reported that Jaffer and Lewis were given the task of guarding the landfill on June 8, and arrived at. 3.30, before being placed at the inner barrier closest to the corpses.
Some time later, the female officer received a WhatsApp message from Jaffer – PC 1 – containing four photos of the bodies, where one of the photos had Lewis’ face – PC 2 – overlaid.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said in a statement on Tuesday that Lewis also shared photos he had taken at the crime scene – which did not show the victims – with a WhatsApp group of more than 40 officers called the A Team.
Meanwhile, Jaffer sent photos of the victims to three friends on WhatsApp.
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 misdemeanor.
The IOPC 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.
Paul Goddard, of CPS, said: “Pc Jamie Lewis and Pc Deniz Jaffer’s senseless behavior fell far short of what can be expected from police officers.”
“Their thoughtless and insensitive actions have undoubtedly caused immense additional distress and pain to the heartbroken family and friends of Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry, who were already left behind after the loss of their loved ones,” Mr. Goddard.