Met Police officer faces dismissal after ‘asking for a picture of a decomposed corpse to share with her mother’ from colleague later jailed for taking selfies beside bodies of two murdered sisters’
- Met cop Bonnie Murphy faces dismissal over allegations of gross misconduct
- She is accused of cheating on an exam and asking for crime scene photos
- She denied the allegations and her attorney says she was a victim of ‘grooming’
A Metropolitan Police officer could be dismissed from the force after she allegedly asked a colleague to capture and send a photograph of a decomposed corpse.
PC Bonnie Murphy reportedly told fellow officer PC Jamie Lewis that she ‘wanted to send her a photograph from a possible crime scene,’ a hearing was told.
Lewis received the image from another officer before forwarding it on to Murphy, according to The Times. He was later jailed for allegedly taking selfies next two the bodies of two murdered sisters.
Murphy, who before a disciplinary panel in central London yesterday, is also accused of cheating on a police driving exam by reviewing previous exams provided by Lewis and Googling test answers.
Murphy, who faces dismissal, has denied allegations of gross misconduct.
PC Bonnie Murphy (not pictured) could be dismissed from the Met Police force after she allegedly asked her colleague PC Jamie Lewis (pictured in December 2021) to capture and send a photograph of a decomposed corpse
Lewis and another officer were sentenced to two years and nine months in jail in December 2021 after they shared photos of murdered sisters Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry (pictured) to their colleagues via WhatsApp
Police found the decomposed body at a property in north east London in January 2020 after neighbours reported a smell. The individual had died of natural causes.
An officer photographed the corpse for work practices before passing it on to Lewis, the hearing was told.
Lewis then sent the image to Murphy, then 20, via WhatsApp after she messaged him requesting crime scene photos to share with her mother.
The officer reportedly responded ‘haha’ when messaging about the case. She had a similar response – typing ‘lol’ – when discussing her driving exam.
Eva Niculiu, defending, claims Murphy had no intention of sharing the picture with her mother and ‘did not do so.’
She attributed Murphy’s request to apparent ‘morbid curiosity.’
She also argued her client thought it was ‘quite normal’ for officers to cheat during driving exams.
Ms Niculiu blamed Lewis for ‘grooming’ Murphy and said the young officer ‘was under his influence.’ She further attributed Murphy’s behaviours to her age and the impacts of team culture.
Lewis has not participated in Murphy’s hearing as he is currently in prison.
Murphy’s hearing will continue today. It is unclear if the officer who sent Lewis the original image is involved in the hearing.
The Telegraph claims that cop did keep his job but was told to undergo ‘reflective practice’.
Meanwhile, Lewis and PC Deniz Jaffer were sentenced to two years and nine months in jail in December 2021 after they shared photos of murdered sisters Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry over WhatsApp.
Henry, 46, and Smallman, 27, were stabbed to death in Fryent Country Park in a random attack.
Six officers were sent images of their bodies or made aware of their existence. Lewis also sent a series of other pictures from the crime scene – which did not show their corpses – to a group chat with more than 40 colleagues.
Murphy’s hearing will continue today.
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