Deniz Jaffer, 47, and Jamie Lewis, 33, both of London’s Metropolitan Police, admitted to taking and sharing photos of Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, at a London court hearing on Tuesday, PA Media reported.
Officers were protecting the scene where the sisters’ bodies had been found in a park in Wembley in north-west London when they broke the barrier to take pictures before sharing them on WhatsApp.
Jaffer took four pictures and Lewis took two. An image sent to a female colleague had been edited to include Lewis’ face, according to PA Media.
The couple admitted to having committed dishonesty in a public office between June 7 and June 23, 2020. They were both arrested on June 22 last year and suspended from service, the PA reports.
Both were released on probation when Judge Mark Lucraft QC suspended the sentence until December.
“These cases are extremely serious and you should not have any illusions when you return to sentencing, it is highly likely that you will receive custodial sentences, prison sentences of a certain length for your conduct,” Lucraft said according to PA.
Both Jaffer and Lewis left the hearing without speaking to reporters.
Last week, Danyal Hussein, 19, was jailed for life for the murder of Henry and Smallman. He stabbed the sisters – who police said were complete strangers to him – in a deliberate attack.
“At his trial, the jury heard that Hussein made a deal with a ‘demon’ to sacrifice women in exchange for a lottery win,” the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.
“He made a handwritten plan, signed in his own blood, in which he promised to murder six women every six months in return for asking for financial reward.”