Two London police officers have admitted taking selfies at the scene of a double homicide and sharing them on WhatsApp.
The couple were responsible for protecting the scene where two sisters were found stabbed to death in a Wembley Park last June.
Instead, they had crossed the police chain to take “inappropriate” photos of the bodies, according to prosecutors.
Deniz Jaffer, 47, and Jamie Lewis, 33, pleaded guilty to misconduct on duty Tuesday and are due to be convicted. They have been suspended since their arrest in June last year.
The mother of the two sisters – 46-year-old Bibaa Henry and 27-year-old Nicole Smallman – described their behavior as “despicable”.
“That case scared us even more today,” added Mince Smallman.
A 19-year-old man was sentenced last week to life imprisonment with a minimum of 35 years for the “brutal murder” of the two sisters.
The two officers were charged in April following an investigation by the Independent Police Conduct Office.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) added that by taking the photos, the couple risked contamination of the crime scene.
“[Their] pointless behavior was far below what can be expected of police officers,” said Paul Goddard of the CPS.
“These officers were tasked with protecting a tragic crime scene, but instead violated it for their own ends, regardless of the dignity of the victims or the harm they might cause a murder investigation,” he added in a statement.
“Your thoughtless and insensitive actions have undoubtedly caused immeasurable further grief and pain to the family and friends of Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry, who have already lost loved ones. Our thoughts are very with them at this time.” . “
London police have come under fire in recent months after a former officer was arrested for the kidnapping, rape and murder of Sarah Everard.