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Officers who took photos of murdered sisters ‘attacked in prison’

The Court of Appeal heard today that the former officers who took photos of two murdered sisters at a crime scene have been attacked in prison.

Deniz Jaffer, 48, and Jamie Lewis, 33, appeared today to appeal their jail sentences.

They were each sentenced last December to two years and nine months imprisonment after they took photos of murdered sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman while they were guarding the crime scene in June 2020.

The photos were then shared with colleagues and friends on WhatsApp.

The Court of Appeal heard that the two officers had been attacked while in prison, Jaffer three times by three different inmates, and Lewis had been assaulted twice.

Barristers for the two former officers had argued that the sentences were excessive, but a panel of three judges denied the appeals, with reasons to be published at a later date.

Lewis, from Colchester in Essex, has been sacked from the Metropolitan Police, while Jaffer, of Hornchurch, east London, resigned. The both pleaded guilty to misconduct in public office.

Judge Mark Lucraft, who jailed Lewis and Jaffer, was told the officers moved from their posts to photograph the women’s bodies, with the images shared with colleagues and friends on WhatsApp.

After being found guilty of their murders, Danyal Hussein was given a life sentence, with a minimum term of 35 years in October.

The murdered women’s mother, Mina Smallman, and her husband Chris, were at the appeal hearing.

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