Police officers who shared photos of murdered sisters to be sentenced early next month
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The police officers who admitted sharing photos of the bodies of two murdered sisters are to be sentenced on December 6.
Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, were found stabbed to death in Fryent Country Park on June 7 last year.
During the early hours of June 8, then officers PC Jamie Lewis and PC Deniz Jaffer were assigned to protect the murder scene.
It was found that they left their posts to take pictures on their mobile phones of the victims and the crime scene.
They shared the images with other officers and, in PC Jaffer’s case, with members of the public via WhatsApp.
The pair, who were attached to the Met’s North East command unit serving Newham and Waltham, were both suspended from duty following their arrests on June 22.
They were each charged with misconduct in public office, and both pleaded guilty to the offence at the Old Bailey on November 2.
During that hearing they admitting to sharing the photos on WhatsApp and to superimposing Lewis's face on one of the pictures shared.
In adjourning sentencing for the preparation of reports, judge Mark Lucraft QC granted Lewis and Jaffer conditional bail.
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It has since been confirmed that both defendants will be sentenced at the same court on December 6.
Separately to the criminal charge, both police officers have been barred from the Met.
At an accelerated misconduct hearing held last Wednesday - November 24 - it was determined that the officers' actions had breached the standards of professional behaviour.
PC Lewis was dismissed without notice, while former PC Jaffer would have faced the same fate had he not already resigned.
The officers' behaviour came to light after an anonymous report was made to the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards.
Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball said: “The behaviour of PCs Lewis and Jaffer that day was shameful and fell very far below the standards we expect of all our officers.
"We do not want officers who act in such an unprofessional and disrespectful manner to be part of the Metropolitan Police Service."