Two police officers have been charged with misconduct in public office after allegedly taking selfies next to the bodies of two murdered sisters.
PCs Deniz Jaffer, 47, and Jamie Lewis, 32, will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 27 May 2021 for their first hearing.
It comes after they were investigated over inappropriate pictures of Nicole Smallman, 27, and Bibaa Henry, 46, who were stabbed to death in Wembley, north-west London, in the early hours of June 6 last year.
The images were then allegedly shared on WhatsApp before ending up in the public domain.
Experts from the Independent Office for Police Conduct had investigated the claims then passed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service.
The CPS London Complex Casework unit authorised the charges following a review of their findings.
PC Deniz Jaffer, 47, has been charged with misconduct in a public office over the pictures
Nicole Smallman, 27, and Bibaa Henry, 46, who were stabbed to death in Wembley last year
Reports of the pictures had devastated the mother of Ms Smallman and Henry.
Mina Smallman told the BBC at the time that the pictures ‘dehumanised’ her children.
‘This has taken our grief to another place,’ she said.
Met Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said she was stunned at news of the allegations last yeear.
The sisters’ mother Mina Smallman (pictured) told the BBC that the pictures ‘dehumanised’ her children
She said: ‘My heart goes out to the family.
‘In relation to the allegations about a photograph, I am dumbfounded. I am appalled.’
Police previously released pictures of senior social worker Ms Henry, from Brent in north-west London, and photographer Ms Smallman dancing with fairy lights before they were murdered.
The pair had met with friends during the evening to celebrate Ms Henry’s birthday.
Danyal Hussein, 18, from Blackheath, has been charged with two counts of murder and possession of an offensive weapon, and faces trial later this year.
Source: Daily Mail UK