Two Metropolitan Police officers accused of sharing images of the bodies of two murdered sisters on WhatsApp are due to enter their pleas.
PC Deniz Jaffer, 47, from Hornchurch and PC Jamie Lewis, 33, from Colchester, are due to appear in the Old Bailey today (Tuesday, November 2) charged with committing misconduct in a public office between June 7 and June 23 last year.
The officers had been assigned to protect the scene after sisters Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, were found dead in some bushes in Fryent Country Park in Wembley, north London.
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It is alleged that they took “non-official and inappropriate photographs” of the crime scene before sharing the images on WhatsApp.
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As part of a criminal investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) watchdog, the two men were arrested and later charged.
The charge they face states that “without authorisation he entered a crime scene he had been assigned to protect, sending information about his attendance at the scene to members of the public via WhatsApp and taking photographs of the crime scene”.
The pair, attached to the Met’s North East command unit, were both suspended from duty following their arrests on June 22 last year.
Both men are on unconditional bail.
They are due to appear before Judge Mark Lucraft QC at 9.30am.
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