PC who took photos of murdered sisters bragged about ‘covering up an assault on Asian men'

Deniz Jaffer is currently serving a two year and nine month sentence for taking pictures of a pair of murdered sisters

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One of the jailed police officers, who was found guilty of taking sickening pictures of murdered sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman bragged to friends he covered up an attack on a group of Asian men, a watchdog investigation found.

Former PC Deniz Jaffer boasted in a WhatsApp group about a police cover-up involving three "white fellas" arrested for an assault at a football protest.

He said they were released after chatting with them "off the record", claiming it would be at the victims' request – despite not contacting the injured party.

Jaffer used an offensive racial term to refer to the Asian men, shortly after he and colleague Jamie Lewis took outrageous photographs while protecting a murder probe crime scene in Fryent Park, north London, in June 2020.

PC Deniz Jaffer
PC Deniz Jaffer

A report released by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), published for the first time on Friday, said Jaffer's conduct over the supposed cover-up "indicates a corrupt attitude within policing that specifically targets people from the South Asian community".

Jaffer later tried to dismiss the messages as “chit chat” and an attempt to be “funny”. A Metropolitan Police investigation concluded Jaffer’s alleged account was made up, and that the assault on the Asian men did not happen.

Sisters Bibaa Henry (left) and Nicole Smallman
Sisters Bibaa Henry (left) and Nicole Smallman

The IOPC report found: “The sentiment expressed by Pc Jaffer is likely to bring discredit on the police service and undermine public confidence in policing, especially but not limited to, members of the South Asian community.

“Concerning is Pc Jaffer’s reference to this as ‘chit chat’ and ‘gossip’.”

Jaffer maintained his defence, telling investigators he was not racist, and had merely repeated the racial slur a friend had previously.

The incident was not related to the murders of Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman, but was unveiled during a forensic examination of his phone following the investigation into his behaviour at the crime scene.

The IOPC report also stated that Jaffer’s colleague Lewis initially told police he was “95% certain” he had not taken photographs of himself next to the bloodied bodies of Ms Smallman and Ms Henry.

It was later discovered that he had taken at least two photographs, while Jaffer took four pictures of the bodies in situ.

Both men were jailed in December 2021 for two years and nine months after admitting misconduct in a public office.

Sentencing judge Mark Lucraft said they demonstrated “appalling and inexplicable conduct”, while the Metropolitan Police apologised to the victims’ family for the defendants’ “shameful” and “utterly unprofessional” actions.