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Wembley park murders: Danyal Hussein sentenced to 35 years in prison for killing sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman


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A teenager will spend at least 35 years behind bars after murdering two sisters in a Wembley park.

Danyal Hussein, 19, savagely stabbed Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, to death in June last year as part of a Satanic blood pact.

Danyal Hussein, 19, murdered sisters Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27. Picture: Metropolitan Police
Danyal Hussein, 19, murdered sisters Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27. Picture: Metropolitan Police

He has today appeared before Mrs Justice Whipple, who sentenced him to a minimum of 35 years in jail.

The Old Bailey heard he had embarked on a “campaign of vengeance” against random women in a failed bid to win the Mega Millions Super Jackpot lottery prize of £321 million.

Following the killings of Ms Henry and Ms Smallman – whose mother, the Venerable Mina Smallman, lives in Ramsgate – police tracked Hussein down through DNA.

In his home they uncovered a handwritten pledge to a demonic entity called King Lucifuge Rofocale to kill six women every six months, which was signed in blood.

Hussein declined to give evidence in his trial and was found guilty of two counts of murder and possession of a knife.

Bibaa Henry, left, and Nicole Smallman, right. Picture: Metropolitan Police (52725171)
Bibaa Henry, left, and Nicole Smallman, right. Picture: Metropolitan Police (52725171)

Speaking outside the Old Bailey following the sentencing, the victims' mother described Hussein as "an obnoxious human being" and vowed she will fight to ensure he remains in prison.

Mrs Smallman said: "He's a broken human being who if he hadn't been caught, four other families may have been suffering what we have.

"Well, he ain't out there now.

"Come 35 years' time, they won't let him out. I won't let them let him out."

Det Insp Maria Green, from the Met's Specialist Crime Command, said: “Danyal Hussein is a dangerous, arrogant and violent individual who from the outset has shown no remorse or acceptance of his actions.

“The sentence handed down by the court today is a reflection of the seriousness of his crimes.

"I hope that knowing he will now spend many years behind bars will bring a small degree of comfort to Bibaa and Nicole’s loved ones.

“This has been a shocking and chilling case and I know the investigation will stay with all of those involved for a long time to come.

“Hussein went out that night with the intention of killing in order to satisfy his bizarre fantasies under the deluded belief he would be rewarded with financial prosperity.

'The senselessness of Hussein’s actions has made it all the more difficult for Bibaa and Nicole’s loved ones to come to terms with their loss.'

"His wicked acts have cut short the lives of two completely innocent women who were simply celebrating a birthday.

“The senselessness of Hussein’s actions has made it all the more difficult for Bibaa and Nicole’s loved ones to come to terms with their loss.

"Despite this, throughout our investigation and the subsequent trial, they have shown the utmost dignity and strength in the most unimaginable of circumstances.

“My thoughts and those of my colleagues are always with them.”

Following Hussein’s conviction in July, the sisters’ mother said she had “never come across such evil”.

Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry (52725177)
Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry (52725177)

During his trial at London's Old Bailey, it emerged Hussein prepared for the killing by buying knives from Asda and a black balaclava on Amazon, and signed up to a lottery betting website.

In the early hours of June 6 last year, he stalked his victims as they celebrated Ms Henry’s birthday in Fryent Country Park in Wembley, north London.

Hussein stabbed Ms Henry eight times, before he slashed Ms Smallman 28 times as she bravely fought back.

He then dragged them into bushes where they lay undiscovered for 36 hours.

During the savage attack, Hussein cut his right hand with the 12cm knife, which he dropped in the grass.

Police investigate the murder of sisters Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry in Wembley. Picture: UKNIP
Police investigate the murder of sisters Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry in Wembley. Picture: UKNIP

Over the next 10 days, he spent £162.88 on lottery tickets and bets – all without success.

On the evening of June 6, the sisters’ worried loved ones reported them missing, but officers were not deployed to the park until the next day.

Before they arrived, Ms Smallman’s frantic boyfriend Adam Stone, who could not believe she would have left their pet bearded dragon unattended, went searching for the women and tragically found the bodies.

Officers then carried out a painstaking search and identified the DNA of an unknown male from blood on the knife, bodies and surrounding scene.

On June 30 last year, in a major breakthrough, a DNA familial link was made to Hussein’s father, who had a past caution.

Within an hour-and-a-half, Hussein was identified on CCTV buying knives in Asda and returning home after the murders.

Searches of his bedroom in south-east London uncovered a book of spells, handwritten demon symbols and two blood pacts.

Jurors were not told of the extent of Hussein’s obsession with demons, spells and potions.

He had come to the attention of police aged just 15 over fears he was vulnerable to radicalisation and violent extremism.

Before the killings, Hussein communicated with others about demons and love potions, and carried out online research about the far-right and Norse mythology.

CCTV allegedly showing Danyal Hussein in Asda in Colindale purchasing a knife block on June 3 last year (Met Police/PA)
CCTV allegedly showing Danyal Hussein in Asda in Colindale purchasing a knife block on June 3 last year (Met Police/PA)

It is believed he was influenced by the work of an American black magician who has links with a British-based Nazi Satanist group known as the Order of Nine Angles.

Last week, Facebook removed his page and Instagram account and YouTube launched a review.

Police response investigated

Two police constables have been charged with misconduct in public office after allegedly sharing pictures of the crime scene on WhatsApp, and are due to enter pleas on November 2.

Separately, the Independent Office of Police Complaints concluded its investigation over the response to the initial missing persons reports.

On Monday, the police watchdog found the level of service provided by the Met over the weekend when the sisters went missing was “below the standard that it should have been”.

Their mother, Mina Smallman, has previously said she believes the fact her daughters were black women meant there was no urgency by police investigating their disappearance.

Speaking in March, she told how she is “broken beyond words” at their deaths and felt let down by the Metropolitan Police.

To read more of our in depth coverage of all of the major trials coming out of crown and magistrates' courts across the county, click here.

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