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Mother who lost two daughters in stabbing says ‘police have become a safe haven for thugs’

The mother of two sisters who were brutally stabbed to death by a teenage satanist while celebrating a birthday in a north London park has criticized the police as “a safe haven for thugs” as she shares her pain in a new documentary from the BBC.

Nicole Smallman, 27, and Bibaa Henry, 46, were found intertwined in the brush at Fryent Country Park after suffering 30 stab wounds in a random attack during the early hours of June 6, 2020.

Danyal Hussein, 19, was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum sentence of 35 years after being found guilty of his murders in October.

But two Metropolitan Police officers, Deniz Jaffer and Jamie Lewis, were also jailed for 33 months in December for taking selfies with the bodies while guarding the crime scene.

Mina Smallman, the mother of Nicole and Bibaa, has spoken out after the two officers unsuccessfully appealed against their sentences earlier this month.

She says there is a ‘toxic’ culture within the police and described her appeal as ‘a slap in the face’.

And while he has been able to forgive Hussein for the horrific murders, he has found it more difficult to forgive Jaffer and Lewis.

She said Mirror: ‘Something went wrong with the investigation and the police have become a safe haven for thugs.’

Nicole and Bibaa's mother Mina Smallman and her husband Chris at the High Court appeal hearing on May 11.

Nicole and Bibaa’s mother Mina Smallman and her husband Chris at the High Court appeal hearing on May 11.

The sisters (above), who had been celebrating Mrs. Henry's birthday with friends, were found dead in the bushes after being stabbed in an unprovoked attack.

The sisters (above), who had been celebrating Mrs. Henry’s birthday with friends, were found dead in the bushes after being stabbed in an unprovoked attack.

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Deniz Jaffer (left) and Jamie Lewis (right) were police officers assigned to watch the scene.

Danyal Hussein was sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum sentence of 35 years, in October after being found guilty of the women's murders.

Danyal Hussein was sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum sentence of 35 years, in October after being found guilty of the women’s murders.

Ms Smallman has endured the death of her father when she was just 16, her mother passed away a decade ago, her brother from cardiomyopathy in 2014 and her sister last year from cancer.

The first black archdeacon in the Church of England, she said the deaths of her two daughters had made her question her faith.

A few weeks after her murder, she described the moment when the police returned to the house she shares with her husband Chris to inform them of the accusations against Jaffer and Lewis.

Mrs Smallman said: “I was really anxious and Chris was like, ‘Mina, what the hell could they tell you that could be worse than what we’re going through?’ And I said: ‘No, you’re right, the worst is over.’

Jaffer, 48, and Lewis, 33, had been assigned to guard the scene but moved from their posts to photograph the women’s bodies, with the images being shared with colleagues and friends on WhatsApp.

Mrs. Smallman said that “all the reserves that we had were cut”.

Nicole (pictured) and Bibaa were last seen dancing to music under colored lights around 1am on June 6.

They had been celebrating Bibaa's (pictured) birthday with friends at Fryent Country Park.

Nicole Smallman (left) and Bibaa Henry (right) were last seen dancing to music with fairy lights around 1 a.m. on June 6 after celebrating Bibaa’s birthday with friends at Fryent Country Park.

Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, were found dead in bushes at Fryent Country Park, Wembley, north-west London, in June 2020.

Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, were found dead in bushes at Fryent Country Park, Wembley, north-west London, in June 2020.

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Officers guarding forensic tents in Fryent Country Park, near Wembley, north London, on June 8, 2020.

Officers guarding forensic tents in Fryent Country Park, near Wembley, north London, on June 8, 2020.

He has shared his story as part of a BBC documentary to convey the message that those who are grieving are not alone, but also as part of a determination to change the “toxic” culture of policing.

The mother said the ordeal has affected her mental health and she had even contemplated taking her own life to “join her daughters”.

She says: ‘My mind was at its last moments. We knew they had been stabbed many times, but with poor little Nikki, a lot of her leg wounds were defense wounds, so she hadn’t died instantly.

I know his last moments were terrifying. She was terrified.

Ms Smallman also criticized the Partygate allegations around Downing Street, adding: “You can’t help but say ‘if they had broken the [Covid] rules, they wouldn’t have been there.

The two officers were jailed for two years and nine months at a hearing at the Old Bailey in December after pleading guilty to misconduct in public office.

A report by the Independent Office for Police Conduct also earlier said that Jaffer’s phone contained “numerous incidents of racial profiling and racist language” during a period between June 8 and June 22 of the same year.

Jaffer and Lewis, neither of whom was wearing forensic protection, had arrived at the park by 3:30 a.m.

Mrs Smallman speaking outside the Old Bailey in London after Danyal Hussein was found guilty of murder last year.

Mrs Smallman speaking outside the Old Bailey in London after Danyal Hussein was found guilty of murder last year.

Overnight, Jaffer took four photographs of the bodies in situ and Lewis took two and superimposed his face on one of them to create the “selfie-style” image.

At their appeal hearing earlier this month, it emerged that Jaffer and Lewis had been attacked five times behind bars.

Neil Saunders, who represented Jaffer, said his client has been attacked three times by three different inmates.

Luke Ponte, for Lewis, said the other officer has been assaulted twice.

During his trial in July last year, the Old Bailey heard how Hussein had ‘murdered’ the sisters to death after making a blood pact with a demon to ‘sacrifice women’ in exchange for winning the lottery.

The two sisters had met friends in the park to celebrate Bibaa’s birthday, but stayed together taking selfies before they were attacked.

Two Daughters, a documentary presented by Stacey Dooley, will be broadcast on BBC2 at 9pm on May 29.

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