London – Two London police officers who took photos of two murdered sisters and published them on social media have been sentenced by a court to two years and nine months’ imprisonment for their behavior “inexplicable behavior”.
Deniz Jaffer and Jamie Lewis were hired in June 2020 to guard the place where the bodies of Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, were found in the bushes of Fryent Country Park in northwest London.
In a selfie, Lewis laid his face on the body of one of the victims. In a message in a WhatsApp group that included 41 London police officers, he also described the victims as “dead birds”.
Lewis and Jaffer both pleaded guilty of wrongdoing.
“It is appalling and inexplicable behavior,” said Judge Mark Lucraft. “Here you both violated not only the police cordon, which had an impact on the crime scene and the investigation, but also disregarded the privacy of the two victims of terrible violence and their families.” you take such pictures and then pass them on to others.
A 19-year-old British man with mental illness was sentenced to 35 years in prison for murdering the sisters in June 2020. He had believed the murders would help him win a lottery jackpot.
The mother of the women, Mina Smallman, described the behavior of the officers as “betrayal of catastrophic proportions”.
“Jaffer and Lewis acted callously and without consideration,” she said. “We were horrified. I had never heard anything so macabre. ”