A mum whose murdered daughters were photographed by police who then shared the pictures says ending violence against women should not turn into a hatred of men.
Social worker Bibaa Henry, 46, and photographer Nicole Smallman, 27, were stabbed to death by Danyal Hussein in a London park in June 2020.
To add to mother Mina Smallman’s pain, Met Police officers Deniz Jaffer and Jamie Lewis, who were supposed to be guarding the scene in Brent, sent photos of the dead sisters to colleagues via WhatsApp.
Mrs Smallman, 66, has become a vocal campaigner for women’s safety but warned the struggle must not be directed against men.
The former Anglican priest, who in 2013 became Britain’s first black female archdeacon, said: “We are not against men, just those that are violent.
“All women deserve to be protected and there is a pandemic of violence against women.”
“My husband Chris is my backbone, so this is not about hating men. This is about women fighting for safety and their rights – and not targeting the tranquil men.”
Bibaa had been celebrating her birthday with Nicole and around 10 friends with a picnic in Fryent Country Park on June 6, 2020.
The sisters were alone when Hussein, then 19, stabbed them to death.
He was traced by his DNA on a knife left at the crime scene. At the Old Bailey he was found guilty of Bibaa and Nicole’s murders and jailed for a minimum of 35 years.
Two months later Lewis and Jaffer were each jailed for two years and nine months at the same court after pleading guilty to misconduct in public office in connection with the shared pictures.
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