The mother of two murdered sisters whose bodies were photographed by Met Police officers has said she wants to meet one of them.
Mina Smallman, 65, said she ‘can’t wait to meet’ ex-police officer Deniz Jaffer and shared her pain at losing her daughters Nicole Smallman, 27, and Bibaa Henry, 46, after the pair were stabbed to death in the early hours of June 6, 2020.
The siblings had celebrated a birthday party in Fryent Country Park in Wembley, north-west London, when they were set upon by 19-year-old Danyal Hussein.
Serving Met Police officers Deniz Jaffer, 47, and Jamie Lewis, 33, were standing at the murder scene in when it emerged they had taken pictures of the sisters’ bodies and shared them in WhatsApp groups.
During a guest editing appearance on BBC R4’s Today programme today, Smallman admitted she was ‘repulsed’ by the pair but was willing to meet with them.
She said: ‘I’m repulsed by them, if I’m honest, and I can’t wait to meet Jaffa.
‘He said he’d like to meet with the family and I don’t believe he thought that that could happen, but it will because he said he wants it to happen. I’m going to give him that invitation.’
Jaffer resigned from the force five months ago, while Lewis was sacked following a tribunal hearing with the Independent Office for Police Complaints.
Last month, Jaffer and Lewis were each jailed for two years and nine months for misconduct in public office after they were found guilty of sharing ‘dehumanising’ pictures of the two girls at the murder scene.
Mina Smallman, 65, said she ‘can’t wait to meet’ ex-police officer Deniz Jaffer and shared her pain at losing her daughters Nicole Smallman, 27, and Bibaa Henry, 46, after the pair were stabbed to death
The women had been celebrating Ms Henry’s birthday in Fryent Country Park in Wembley, north-west London, when they were set upon in the early hours of June 6, 2020
Deniz Jaffer and Jamie Lewis (right) were each jailed for two years and nine months for misconduct in public office after they were found guilty of sharing ‘dehumanising’ pictures of the two girls at the murder scene
Smallman discussed frustrations at ‘having to fight to find [her] own children’, and said she was still not in a position to grieve 18 months after the sisters’ murder.
She said: ‘I’ve said once before, it’d be great to have no news, good or bad. We just would like a flat line, just to gather speed and to find our way through the grieving process.’
Following an independent investigation, the Met apologised to the Smallman family for failures in the way it had responded to reports that Bibaa and Nicole were missing.
A missing persons log had been incorrectly closed and inquiries were never progressed – as Met commissioner Cressida Dick admitted a more thorough response would have prevented ‘immeasurable pain’ for their family and friends.
During her guest editing appearance Smallman also slammed the ‘clearly broken’ system of policing.
‘The system, clearly is broken. There are things being allowed to happen within the police force.
‘There’s obviously a core that are abusing their powers and a culture that is toxic. Well we need to change that because the only people who benefit from that are the perpetrators.’
Deniz Jaffer was jailed for two years and nine months after taking photographs of Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman while policing a cordon where the sisters had been fatally stabbed in bushes at a country park in north London.
His conduct, along with colleague Jamie Lewis, 33, was described as ‘appalling and inexplicable’.
The pair, neither of whom was wearing forensic protection, had arrived in the park at 3.30am.
During the night, Jaffer took four pictures of the bodies in situ and Lewis took two, and superimposed his face on to one of them to create the ‘selfie-style’ image.
Lewis wrote: ‘Unfortunately I’m sat next to two dead birds full of stab wounds.’
Jaffer posted on another WhatsApp group: ‘I have pictures of the two dead victims. Let me know who doesn’t want to see.’
He also sent an inexperienced female officer at the scene photographs of the bodies as they lay intertwined in the bushes, including Lewis’ ‘selfie’.
Jaffer then showed the images to two other officers, including a female probationary officer he was supposed to be mentoring at Forest Gate police station, who was ‘shocked’ and ‘disgusted’.
He deleted the pictures the same day Lewis was questioned by the police watchdog.
In victim impact statements, family members described the defendants as a ‘disgrace’ to the police family and to mankind.