Metropolitan Police officers who took and shared photographs of two murdered
sisters they called ‘dead birds’ were sacked today at a police tribunal.
PC Jamie Lewis, 33, made the appalling WhatsApp comment as he and PC Deniz
Jaffer, 47, were meant to be keeping the cordon protecting Nicole Smallman and
Bibaa Henry’s bodies secure.
Jaffer also took to the social media messaging app to declare ‘I’m here now I’ll try to
take pictures of the dead birds’, a police misconduct panel heard.
Both of them – who refused to turn up – have previously admitted in court taking and
sharing photographs of the women and are due to be sentenced on December 6.
Today they faced police misconduct allegations at the Met’s Empress Building in west
London , despite the fact Jaffer resigned as a officer on August 18.
Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball, chairing the accelerated tribunal, decided both
men committed gross misconduct.
She said: “This was hurtful, dishonest and unprofessional behaviour of the utmost
“I am sorry that our officers behaved in such a hurtful, disrespectful and criminal
way. Their actions are shameful.”Lewis will be dismissed from the Metropolitan
Police immediately, and Jaffer, who has already quit the force, would have been
dismissed without notice if he was still a serving officer.
The hearing was told both officers left the cordon they were told to guard and took
pictures of the bodies of the fatally wounded sisters.
PC Jaffer and Lewis were supposed to protect the scene after the sisters were found
stabbed to death in Fryent Country Park in Wembley, north-west London.
But instead, they breached the cordon to take ‘inappropriate’ and ‘unauthorised’
photographs of the bodies, which were then sent ‘to a dentist and doctor’, and a
Jaffer took four photographs and Lewis took two – one of which was sent to a female
colleague with Lewis’s face superimposed onto it.
Police watchdog the IOPC later revealed Lewis also used ‘degrading and sexist
language’ to describe the victims in the WhatsApp team group of 42 colleagues.
Earlier this month Dame Cressida Dick apologised for the second time over the
But Ms Henry and Ms Smallman’s bereft mother Mina slammed the Met
Commissioner for the botched investigation into her daughters’ deaths.
She criticised, ‘Her shoddy way of behaving and her response since all of this has
come out’ adding: ‘She has not contacted us to say I am really sorry. She has not
spoken into this story at all.
Ms Smallman said the Met was ‘beyond hope’, adding: ‘You go to London to start to
prepare the funeral of your dead children and are told that police officers that should
have been protecting the area had actually taken selfies and sent them out to a
dentist and a doctor and a WhatsApp group.’
Following their guilty pleas, the Met said it was taking ‘immediate steps’ to put
former PC Jaffer, who has resigned from the force, and PC Lewis before accelerated