Mum of murdered sisters says policemen ‘sorry they got caught’ taking photos

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PC Deniz Jaffer and his colleague PC Jamie Lewis photographed Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman’s bodies while they were guarding the murder scene in Fryent Country Park, Wembley, London

Mina Smallman speaking outside the Old Bailey
Mina Smallman spoke outside the Old Bailey

The heart-broken mum of two sisters brutally murdered in Wembley said the officers who photographed their bodes are “more sorry they got caught” after being jailed.

The two police officers who took and shared twisted images of the murdered women were jailed for two years and nine months.

PC Deniz Jaffer and his colleague PC Jamie Lewis photographed Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman’s bodies while they were guarding the murder scene in Fryent Country Park, Wembley, London.

A Metropolitan Police misconduct hearing heard how they referred to Ms Henry, 46, and Ms Smallman, 27, as “dead birds” in sickening WhatsApp messages.

The sisters were killed by Satanist Danyal Hussein, 19, who was jailed for life for the murders in October.

She said she was ‘thrilled’ they were jailed
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After the sentencing hearing, the victims’ mother Mina Smallman told reporters that she was “thrilled” the officers had been jailed and not received suspended sentences.

She told reporters: “We’ve been to hell and back again.

“So, we have not even dared to dream what it’s going to feel like not having this hanging over your head.”

On whether the case represented an ending, she said: “No, there is more work to be done. The most important thing, because of the sentencing we are part of the change that’s going to come in the culture of the police force.

“Most of our police force are amazing and do an amazing job, but there is an element that has taken over the culture of how they banter.”

Judge Mark Lucraft sentencing Jamie Lewis and Deniz Jaffer at the Old Bailey
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Referring to the derogatory name of one of the WhatsApp groups, she said: “It does matter the language they used, it’s an example of misogyny in its worst possible form.

“These police felt so secure in the way they behaved as they could do that as their subject. Awful.”

She rejected the officers’ expressions of remorse, saying: “I bet they are sorry and tortured that they tortured their family.

“I bet they get stick everywhere. That’s not the same as feeling shame.

“They are more sorry that they got caught than what they did. They got caught with their hands in the cookie jar and now they are sorry.

“I feel sorry for their family, I know it’s not going to easy for them but it has not been easy for us.

The last picture of sisters Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry
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“This additional pain and suffering that we have gone through could have been avoided. It is heinous.

“I hope this sends a signal to the Met and all other police forces, and gives strength to those who are being abused and hearing language they detest to speak up and people will listen.”

PC Lewis earlier sobbed as his defence lawyer told the court about the “damaging effects” of his sentencing on his young son.

The court also heard how remorseful Lewis is a “good and loving father to his two children”.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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