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Two Metropolitan Police officers have pleaded guilty to taking photographs at a murder scene and sharing the disturbing images on WhatsApp.
PC Deniz Jaffer, 47, and PC Jamie Lewis, 33, pleaded guilty for one account of misconduct in public office at the Old Bailey, after they took photos and shared edited images of murdered sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman in June 2020.
The police officers were both in charge of manning the cordon after the dead bodies of Henry and Smallman were discovered in Fryent Country Park in Wembley in June 2020.
An investigation found both the officers had left their posts while on duty to take pictures of the sisters' corpses - potentially risking contaminating the crime scene.
PC Lewis edited one of the pictures by superimposing his own face onto the photograph with the victims in the background. He sent the resulting image to PC Jaffer, who then forwarded it unsolicited to a female officer also present at the scene.
PC Jaffer showed one of the photos of the victims to a male officer as they left the park. PC Lewis also shared photographs he had taken at the crime scene which did not show the victims with a WhatsApp group of 40-plus police officers called the ‘A Team’.
PC Jaffer, meanwhile, sent photographs of the victims to three friends via WhatsApp.
Speaking about the shocking offence, Senior Crown Prosecutor of the Crown Prosecution Service, Paul Goddard, explained: "PC Jamie Lewis and PC Deniz Jaffer’s senseless conduct fell way below that to be expected from police officers.
“These officers were tasked with protecting a tragic crime scene, but instead they violated it for their own purposes, with no regard to the dignity of the victims, or the harm they might do to a murder investigation.
“Their thoughtless and insensitive actions have no doubt caused immeasurable further distress and pain to the heartbroken family and friends of Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry who were already left reeling from the loss of their loved ones. Our thoughts are very much with them at this time."
The officers will be sentenced at a later date.
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He will serve a minimum of 35 years in prison.
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