Two police officers have been sacked after taking pictures of sisters Nicole Smallman and Biba Henry in the London park where they were murdered and calling them “dead birds” on social media.
PC Jamie Lewis and former officer Deniz Jaffer were found guilty of felony misconduct at a tribunal on Wednesday, describing their actions as “hurtful, dishonest and unprofessional”.
Lewis will be dismissed from the Metropolitan Police with immediate effect. Jaffer had resigned from the force before the tribunal, but would have been dismissed without notice if he were still a serving officer.
Both men admitted to sharing photos of the sisters – who were stabbed to death last year – at the crime scene in Wembley last month.
Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball, chair of the tribunal, said on Wednesday: “This was harmful, dishonest and unprofessional behavior of the utmost seriousness.”
She said: “I am sorry that our officers behaved in such a hurtful, degrading and criminal way. Their actions are shameful.”
Neither Lewis nor Jaffer attended the misconduct trial or disputed the evidence.
Both men pleaded guilty to misconduct in public office in the Old Bailey in early November.
He admitted to sharing photos of the bodies of Ms. Smallman and Ms. Henry on WhatsApp after they were assigned to guard a crime scene in a London park.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said an investigation found Louise, 33, and Jaffer, 47, quit their positions to contact women to take photographs, risking contamination at the crime scene in the process ,
Lewis edited an image by superimposing his face on the photo with the victims in the background.
The couple have been warned that they will face a “long” prison sentence when they are sentenced for misconduct in public office next month.
Teenager Danyal Hussain has been sentenced to life in prison for the murders of Ms. Smallman and Ms. Henry at Fryant Country Park in Northwest London in June 2020.
The Old Bailey heard that he had made a handwritten vow – signed in blood – to a demonic entity to kill six women every six months before killing the sisters.
Additional reporting by the Press Association
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