Two Met Police officers accused of taking inappropriate photographs at a double murder scene before sharing them online indicated they will plead guilty to misconduct charges when they appeared in court.
PC Deniz Jaffer, 47, and PC Jamie Lewis, 32, are charged with misconduct in a public office following the killing of sisters Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry.
Danyal Hussein, 18, of Blackheath, has been charged with two counts of murder and possession of an offensive weapon, and faces trial later this year.
Jaffer and Lewis had been assigned to protect the scene where Nicole, 27, and 46-year-old Bibaa were stabbed to death at Fryent Country Park in Wembley, north west London, last June.
The officers, who appeared in the dock at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, indicated guilty pleas, were unable to officially plead as it is an indictable offence.
The officers were arrested on June 22 last year when the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) watchdog investigated allegations they took “non-official and inappropriate photographs” of the crime scene.
Jaffer and Lewis, who were suspended from duty following their arrests, will formally enter pleas at the Old Bailey on June 24.
The pair, both attached to the Met’s North East command unit, spoke only to confirm their names, addresses and dates of birth during the five minute hearing. They were granted unconditional bail.
Nicole and Bibaa’s mother Wilhelmina Smallman, the UK’s first female Church of England Archdeacon from a minority ethnic background, has accused the police of not initially taking the case seriously.
She said after her daughters were reported missing, the police failed to conduct a proper search and it was left to the sisters’ pals to find their bodies.
Ms Smallman said she was convinced the fact the women were black had played a part in the Met’s approach to the case.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme in March, she said: “I think the notion of ‘all people matter’ is absolutely right, but it is not true.
“Other people have more kudos in this world than people of colour so from my point of view, all women, women of colour, white women, all of us we are on the same journey.”
Ms Smallman, who lives with her husband in Ramsgate, Kent, said her agony was compounded when it emerged that police officers had allegedly taken selfies at the scene with her daughters’ bodies.