Three Met PCs receiving pictures of murdered sisters can keep jobs | Metropolitan police

Written by Javed Iqbal

Three Metropolitan police officers who received horrific photos taken from the spot where two black sisters were murdered have been allowed to keep their jobs.

The three constables were in a WhatsApp group that received the photos taken by two colleagues who were later jailed for their actions.

Deniz Jaffer and Jamie Lewis was ordered to guard the site in a park in London, where Nicole Smallman, 27, and Bibaa Henry, 46, were found stabbed to death in June 2020.

Instead, they took pictures, including some showing the corpses, and divided them into two WhatsApp groups, calling the victims “dead birds.” One group contained 41 police officers and was “called the A-team”, the other contained friends of Jaffer.

Three PCs faced a fraudulent meeting on Wednesday and each received a written warning after failing to report the images to their bosses.

All three were based within the Mets north-east command and had admitted misdemeanor.

Former Met chief inspector Del Babu said the punishment was too light: “If you have taken anything as horrific as pictures of dead women, the persons should be reported.

“It is more appropriate that they are not in the service of the police. The fact that they remain is worrying. It sends the wrong message. It will only increase the family’s heartache. It does not reflect the seriousness of what they did. “

Jaffer, 47, and Lewis, 33, were each jailed in December for two years and nine months. They had pleaded guilty to misconduct in public office after the Guardian revealed the scandal that rocked Britain’s biggest force in 2020. Jaffer withdrew from the Met and Lewis was fired.

The Met said the three officers who received the written warnings were sometimes based at Forest Gate Station in the east London. The force said the level of sanctions was decided by the Independent Office of Police Conduct.

The Met said: “Misconduct meetings were held on Wednesday 22 June for three PCs from the North East Command unit, which was investigated by the IOPC for failing to report inappropriate photographs at the scene of a double murder at Wembley.

“These meetings, as regulated by national police regulations, were not held in public. Led by a senior officer, the meetings were attended by the IOPC and a representative of the family. The three officers, who had admitted wrongdoing, each received a written warning.”

Commander Paul Brogden of the Met said: “These cases, along with other high-profile cases in the Met, have been an urgent catalyst for change. We are working hard to begin rebuilding public confidence and confidence that police officers will protect and respect them.”

Danyal Hussein what imprisoned for life with at least 35 years for murdering Henry and Smallman.

Henry, a senior social worker, and Smallman, a photographer, had celebrated the older sister’s birthday in the park. After the celebration was over, they stayed behind and were attacked. They were reported missing the next day, and a search by family and friends led to the partner of one of the sisters finding their bodies.

Met’s handling of the case has been condemned by the IOPC and the force has apologized for errors.

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