Police officers to face jail over ‘inappropriate’ WhatsApp images

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Two police officers who took pictures of murdered sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman will later be sentenced. PC Deniz Jaffer and PC Jamie Lewis were assigned to guard the crime scene overnight after Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, were found dead in bushes in Fryent Country Park, Wembley, north-west London.

Instead, they breached the cordon to take “inappropriate” and “unauthorised” photographs of the bodies, which were then shared on WhatsApp. Lewis even superimposed his face onto a picture with the victims in the background.

Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman taken from Bibaa’s phone
Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman taken from Bibaa’s phone (Metropolitan Police/PA)

“Degrading and sexist”

He sent the doctored image to Jaffer, who forwarded it to a female officer at the scene. Jaffer went on to show one of the photos to a male officer as they left the park and sent others to three friends on WhatsApp.

Lewis, who used “degrading and sexist” language, also shared crime scene pictures with a WhatsApp group of 40-plus officers called the “A Team”. The pair, who were attached to the Met’s North East command unit, were suspended from duty following their arrests on June 22 last year.

Jaffer, 47, of Hornchurch, east London, and Lewis, 33, from Colchester, Essex, pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office. They will be sentenced by Judge Mark Lucraft on Monday at the Old Bailey.

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Already found guilty of gross misconduct

Previously, the sisters’ mother Mina Smallman called on the Metropolitan Police to “get the rot out once and for all”. Last month, 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.

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    1. We really do need to a public inquiry in to the Met’ Police and one that’s has teeth! It might be better if the Met was broken up in to regions and each one independent of the other. Meanwhile, Cressida Dick’s position as commissioner isn’t tenable. She should tender her resignation immediately or Priti Patel should sack her. I’m not holding my breath though.

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