A pair of police officers who took and shared twisted pictures of two murdered sisters have been jailed for two years and nine months.
PC Deniz Jaffer and his colleague PC Jamie Lewis photographed Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman’s bodies while they were guarding the murder scene in Fryent Country Park, Wembley, London.
A Metropolitan Police misconduct hearing heard how they referred to Ms Henry, 46, and Ms Smallman, 27, as “dead birds” in sickening WhatsApp messages.
The sisters were killed by satanist Danyal Hussein, 19, who was jailed for life for the murders in October.
PCs Jaffer and Lewis breached the cordon to take “inappropriate” and “unauthorised” photographs of the sisters’ bodies, which were then shared on WhatsApp.
Judge Mark Lucraft told the court this afternoon that “immediate imprisonment” was the only possible sentence he could pass for the pair’s “appalling and inexplicable” conduct.
He recognised the cops had displayed remorse- but said their actions and the context of the messages were “utterly distasteful” and had undermined public trust in the police, MyLondon reports.
PC Lewis earlier sobbed as his defence lawyer told the court about the “damaging effects” of his sentencing on his young son. The court also heard how remorseful Lewis is a “good and loving father to his two children”.
Lewis took his first picture of the bodies at 4.36am and deleted it at 9.45am the following morning, MyLondon reports.
He captured a second image at 5.10am, showing the bodies of the victims lying intertwined.
The constable then took a screenshot of the picture and ‘superimposed’ his own face in front of the bodies.
He sent the doctored image to Jaffer, who forwarded it to a female officer at the scene.
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 “shocked” and “disgusted”.
In a victim impact statement shared in the Old Bailey on Monday, the murdered sisters’ mother Mina Smallman said she was ‘disgusted’ by the actions of the officers.
She described the behaviour as a “betrayal of catastrophic proportions” and a “sacrilegious act”, describing the messages as “pure misogyny”.
She said: “We were horrified, I’ve never heard of anything so macabre. What kind of people are they?”
“Those police officers felt so safe, so untouchable, they felt they would take photos of our murdered daughters. Those officers dehumanised our children.