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Thanet mum of stabbed sisters says deaths weren’t met with outcry due to race

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Original article from Kent Live

The tragic deaths of two Ramsgate sisters who were stabbed to death in a park weren't met with the same outcry as Sarah Everard because of their race, their mum believes.

Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman, 46 and 27 years old respectively, were attacked in Fryent Country Park, Wembley, on June 6.

They had been out celebrating and were reported missing before their bodies were later found.

Mina Smallman, the sisters' mother, spoke to the BBC on Friday (March 26) and reflected on the public reaction to their deaths, reports The Mirror.

Ms Smallman, who is the Church of England’s first female archdeacon of black and minority ethnic descent, said that she had reported her daughters as missing but it was her family who found their bodies while conducting their own search.

When she was asked if their race meant “there was no urgency” by police to search for them, Ms Smallman said: “Oh absolutely, I’m convinced. I think the notion of ‘all people matter’ is absolutely right, but it’s not true.”

Ms Smallman said with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Home Secretary Priti Patel all offering their condolences following Ms Everard it showed there was a difference in the level of “outcry”.

Nicole was killed alongside her older sister

She told the BBC: “Other people in this world have more kudos than people of colour.

“From my point of view – all women, women of colour, white women – we are on the same journey, we’re on a journey to say that we all matter.”

However, she said her daughters' deaths “didn’t get the same support, the same outcry”.

Following the vigils and protests after Ms Everard’s death Ms Smallman said friends and family have also noticed the difference in the reaction to her daughter's death.

She said they were saying: "Excuse me, where was this level of rage and outrage for two of your daughters murdered?’”

Ma Smallman said When Ms Everard went missing watching the news reports with her husband sent her "back in time emotionally”.

She added: “I know what that family, the parents will be going through. It is a hell.”

“If your child goes missing you deserve the people who are paid to do that job to do it and find out what’s happened to them.”

A serving police officer has been charged with Ms Everard’s kidnap and murder, and a separate officer, who was guarding the site where her remains were found, is alleged to have sent a meme about her murder to seven colleagues.

Ms Smallman said: “You can’t believe to understand what it is to lose a child under those circumstances.

“And then to have a further betrayal – the very organisation that is paid, and we have an agreement with, that they will protect us, they will honour us and behave in a way that gives our deceased dignity.”

She added: “To hear that not only had Sarah’s parents lost Sarah, but they had the indignity of someone doing a meme – how heartless.”

The Metropolitan Police told the Mirror: “Our thoughts remain with the families of Bibaa and Nicole following their unspeakable loss.

“As part of a wider investigation into various matters, the Independent Office for Police Conduct is considering the actions of police when Bibaa and Nicole were reported missing.

"This follows a referral from the MPS’s Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS).”

An 18-year-old man is in custody charged with the murder of Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman.

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