A teenager stabbed two sisters to death in a Wembley park because a demon told him he’d win the lottery if he sacrificed women, a court has heard.
Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, were killed at Fryent Country Park in north west London where they gathered with friends for a Covid-safe birthday celebration on June 6 last year.
Danyal Hussein, 19, is standing trial for their murders at the Old Bailey after friends found the sisters’ bodies in a hedgerow at the park.
A handwritten note signed in blood was found in Mr Hussein’s bedroom purporting to be an agreement between him and a demon, in which he promised to sacrifice women in order to win the lottery and not to be suspected of the crimes he had committed, the prosecution said.
The jury heard how Miss Henry, whose birthday the group were celebrating, was stabbed eight times before her sister Miss Smallman was stabbed 29 times.
Mr Hussein, seen below in a court sketch from the Old Bailey, is alleged to have bought the kitchen knives from an Asda supermarket and went to the park wearing latex gloves with at least one of the knives, a mask and small shovels in a backpack.
Court artist sketch of Danyal Hussein (centre) appearing in the dock at the Old Bailey, London
Credit: Elizabeth Cook/PA
Addressing the jury in the Crown Prosecution Service’s (CPS) opening statement, Oliver Glasgow QC said: “It would appear that the defendant had confidence that his plan would work since following the fatal attacks upon Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman, the defendant purchased several lottery tickets and there were three lottery tickets folded up inside his agreement with the devil.
“As it turned out, the demon did not come good on the bargain, since not only did the defendant not win the lottery but the police identified all the evidence that links him to these two murders.”
Mr Hussein was accused of “lying in wait” for potential victims because “the defendant wanted to kill women and he planned to carry out his senseless violence in the days leading up to these murders, which is why he wrote about what he wanted to do and why he purchased knives that would enable him to kill with ease”, the Crown said.
During the course of his attack, the prosecution say Mr Hussein suffered a knife wound to his hand which left his DNA on the knife which was recovered from the scene.
The jury also heard how he dragged the bodies into nearby undergrowth and that his blood was found on leaves and trees as well as upon the victims.
The prosecution alleges CCTV shows the defendant arriving home in the early hours of June 6 without trousers, which the Crown claims he disposed of along with the mobile phones of his victims.
Later that day, friends became worried about the sisters, and went to the park in search for clues as to their whereabouts.
They initially found both their glasses and phoned the police. But before officers arrived, Adam Stone – who had been at the birthday celebration the night before – found his friends.
Mr Glasgow told the court: “The scene that greeted him was so shocking that, at first, all Adam Stone could do was scream.
“The bodies of Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman lay on their sides. They were top-to-toe and their limbs were intertwined – both of them had been repeatedly stabbed and they were clearly dead.”
Meanwhile, Mr Hussein had gone to Northwick Park hospital to seek treatment for cuts to his right hand, the court heard.
He told the doctors that he had been mugged at 10pm the night before and was referred to a plastic surgeon.
His wound was stitched and he told the surgeon that he had been mugged two or three days before and that he did not want to report the matter to the police, the Crown said.
Danyal Hussein denies two charges of murder and one of possessing an offensive weapon in a public place.
The trial continues.