Two police officers have been charged after claims they took selfies with the bodies of two dead sisters.
PC Deniz Jaffer, 47, and PC Jamie Lewis, 32, are charged with misconduct in public office in connection with photographs taken and circulated in relation to a murder crime scene, the CPS says.
The pair will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 27 May 2021 for their first hearing.
Both officers have each been charged with one count of misconduct in public office.
The misconduct alleged relates to the investigation into the deaths of 46-year-old Bibaa Henry and 27-year-old Nicole Smallman in Fryent Country Park in Wembley in June 2020.
Nicole and Bibaa were tragically stabbed to death after a birthday party.
It emerged last year that two Metropolitan Police officers were under investigation after reports that “inappropriate” images had been shared.
The CPS said: “The CPS London Complex Casework unit authorised the charges following a review of a file of evidence from the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
“The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against both defendants are active and that they have a right to a fair trial.
“It is extremely important there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”
Detectives believe the sisters were killed in the early hours of June 6 after meeting friends on June 5 to celebrate Ms Henry’s birthday.
Their family previously told of their “devastating impact” of their loss after their bodies were found next to each other shortly after 1pm on June 7.
Following the allegations of the pictures, the IOPC said the pictures were allegedly “shared with a small number of others”, adding that the Met was “handling matters involving those members of the public who may have received those images”.