A devil worshipper, who murdered two sisters in a frenzied knife attack in north west London, has been jailed for life and will serve a minimum of 35 years in jail.
Danyal Hussein, 19, murdered Bibaa Henry and her sister Nicole Smallman in June last year.
The pair had been celebrating Bibaa’s 46th birthday at a country park in Brent, when Hussein struck late at night.
An Old Bailey trial in July heard how the teenage killer made a bizarre pact with Satan, to kill women in return for winning the lottery.
He had promised to “sacrifice” at least six women every six months in a hand written agreement with the devil.
Danyal Hussein's Letter Met Police
Detectives found the letter, which was signed in the teenager’s own blood, when they searched his bedroom at his mother’s home in south London in the weeks after the murders.
The letter read: “For the Mighty King Lucifuge Rofocale" a reference to the treasurer of hell.
It went on: "Perform a minimum of six sacrifices every six months for as long as I am free and physically capable."
It added: "Sacrifice only women, build a temple for you, do everything that I have promised."
Underlined underneath, were the words: "For me" and then: "Win the Mega Millions super jackpot."
It continued: “To receive fruitful rewards for the future sacrifices I make to you, the rewards could consist of wealth and power, to never be suspected of any crimes by the police and also that the police will never know of any crimes that I have done and I will do."
A second letter to the devil was also found in the teenager’s bedroom, promising similar “sacrifices” in return for better luck with the opposite sex.
Police believe that Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry were not specifically targeted by Hussein, but were just very unfortunate to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The sisters had been with a group of friends in Fryent country park on the evening of 5 June last year.
Bibaa Henry and her sister Nicole Smallman Handout
As well as marking Bibaa’s birthday, the group was also celebrating the partial lifting of the first Covid lockdown.
As the friends drifted off home, Bibaa and Nicole stayed in the park into the early hours, taking selfies of themselves dancing in the dark with fairy lights.
In one of the selfies, the sisters could be seen looking off to the side, as if distracted by something.
Police believe this may have been the moment they spotted their killer.
After stabbing them dozens of times, Danyal Hussein dragged their bodies into a nearby wooded area.
Almost two days later, as family and friends scoured the park in a frantic search for the sisters, Nicole’s boyfriend made the horrific discovery and called the police.
It was DNA evidence, significant quantities of Hussein’s own blood that helped police identify their killer.
The teenager had cut his own hand in the violent and sustained attack and police were eventually able to find a match to a relative of Hussein on the DNA database.
That enabled them to narrow the search and pin point the teenager, after they discovered he had been staying with his father near the park on the night of the murders.
Throughout the investigation, Danyal Hussein refused to cooperate with police, eventually claiming through his defence team that he had not killed the sisters.
He claimed his blood was found at the murder scene because he had himself been attacked in the park that evening by an unknown assailant.
Authorities said those claims were ridiculous and blown apart by the discovery of the letters to the devil, penned in his own handwriting and signed in his own blood.
Danyal Hussein's arrest Met Police
Police believe Hussein would have gone on to kill other women, had he not hurt himself and then been arrested.
In a report published this week, the police watchdog, the Independent Office for Police Conduct criticised the initial police response when family and friends reported the sisters missing.
It found the level of service provided by the Met over the weekend Bibaa and Nicole disappeared was “below the standard that it should have been”.
An attempt by the Met Commissioner Cressida Dick to apologise to the family on Tuesday, was rejected by the sisters’ mother Mina Smallman, who said the time for apologies had “long gone.”
She said the Met’s initial actions suggested signs of “racial profiling, misogyny or classism”.
The row piles further pressure on the Scotland Yard Commissioner, who has already faced calls for her resignation over the fall out from the murder of Sarah Everard by serving Met police officer Wayne Couzens.
In a further twist, two police officers, guarding the area where Bibaa and Nicole’s bodies were found, are facing court action for taking selfies at the crime scene.
The officers are due to appear at the Old Bailey next week.