‘Appalling and inexplicable’ — police officers jailed for sharing photos of murdered sisters’ bodies
7th December 2021
Two police officers who took and shared photos of two murdered sisters have been jailed for two years and nine months.© Provided by Extra.ie
PC Deniz Jaffer and PC Jamie Lewis took photographs of Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman’s bodies after they were assigned to guard the scene overnight after the bodies of the siblings were found dead in bushes in Wembley, north-west London.
Ms Henry, 46, and Ms Smallman, 27 were killed by Satanist Danyal Hussein in October 2020.© Provided by Extra.ie Jaffer took four photographs and Lewis took two and one of the images sent to a female colleague had Lewis’s face superimposed onto it.
Jaffer took four photographs and Lewis took two photos. One of the images sent to a female colleague had Lewis’s face superimposed onto it.
Judge Mark Lucraft believed ‘immediate imprisonment’ was the only possible sentence he could give the pair for their ‘appalling and inexplicable’ act.
Despite recognising the police officers displayed remorse, Judge Lucraft said the messages were ‘utterly distasteful’ and slammed the officers for letting down the public.© Provided by Extra.ie Mugshots of PC Deniz Jaffer, 47, (left) and Jamie Lewis, 33 (right) who were both jailed for two years and nine months today for taking and sharing pictures of murdered sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman. Photo: Shutterstock.
‘The public expects, and rightly so, the highest of standards from police officers. I am sure there will be many thousands of officers in police forces in this country and abroad utterly horrified by your actions. It is appalling and inexplicable conduct.
‘Here, the two of you not only violated the police cordon with the effect that had on the scene and on the investigation, but then wholly disregarded the privacy of the two victims of horrific violence and their families for what can only have been some cheap thrill, kudos, a kick or some form of bragging right by taking images and then passing them to others.’ he said.
Judge Lucraft added: ‘Not only did you violate the privacy of the two women who had been killed, but you also have undermined the trust and faith in police officers the public should be able to expect at times such as these.© Provided by Extra.ie Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Danyal Hussein (centre) appearing in the dock at the Old Bailey, London, where he is on trial accused of killing sisters Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry in Fryent Country Park, Wembley, north-west London, in the early hours of Saturday June 6, 2020. Picture date: Wednesday June 9, 2021.
‘It is clear that the two of you acted without any thought as to the effect on the two women, their families or the wider public interest.’
The mother of the victims, Mina Smallman, condemned the officers for ‘dehumanising’ her children.
‘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.
‘If it had not been for an anonymous tip-off to the IOPC (Independent Office for Police Conduct) we would never have known.’ she said.