Met Commissioner Cressida Dick apologises for cops who snapped selfies with murdered sisters

An IOPC report found PC Jamie Lewis superimposed his face onto one of the photographs which showed the sisters in the background, which had been snapped by fellow PC Deniz Jaffer.

Under pressure Met Police chief Cressida Dick has expressed “deep regret” over the “utterly unprofessional, disrespectful and deeply insensitive” behaviour of officers who shared pictures of two murdered sisters.

This was the last photo Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman took before they were murdered. Two Metropolitan Police officers admitted sharing photos of the bodies of two murdered sisters on WhatsApp. Credit: SWNS

Lewis and Jaffer have been warned they face jail.

An Independent Office for Police Conduct report found Jaffer took four photographs on his personal mobile phone while he was positioned on the cordon and, in the early hours of the morning sent five photographs, one a duplicate - to Lewis.

The younger officer then superimposed his face onto one of the photographs which showed the sisters in the background.

Lewis then shared photographs he had taken at the crime scene, which did not show the sisters, with a WhatsApp group entitled ‘A Team group’ consisting of 42 colleagues.

Pc Jamie Lewis, 33, faces jail for one count of misconduct in public office for taking and sharing photos with the dead bodies of sisters Nicole Smallman, 27, and Bibaa Henry, 46, in Fryant Country Park, Wembley. Credit: Rob Pinney/Getty Images

He also used degrading and sexist language to describe the victims at the crime scene, the IOPC discovered.

Jaffer also shared photographs he took of the sisters with two police colleagues and three members of the public.

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 misconduct hearings.

Pc Deniz Jaffer, 47, faces jail for count of misconduct in public office for taking and sharing photos he took with the dead bodies of sisters Nicole Smallman, 27, and Bibaa Henry, 46, in Fryant Country Park, Wembley. Photo by Rob Pinney/Getty Images

“I deeply regret that at a time when they were grieving the loss of their loved ones who were taken in such awful circumstances, they faced additional distress caused by the actions of two police officers.

“What former PC Jaffer and PC Lewis chose to do that day was utterly unprofessional, disrespectful and deeply insensitive. I know that is the view of colleagues across the Met who utterly condemn this behaviour.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick has come under fire following the Sarah Everard murder by police officer Wayne Couzens. Credit: Ming Yeung/Getty Images

“They have pleaded guilty today to a serious criminal offence and sentencing will follow in due course.

“Now that the judicial process has got to this stage, we are able to take the officers through an accelerated misconduct process”.

The Commissioner is under fire over the Met’s response to the murder of Sarah Everard, by serving police officer Wayne Couzens.