A teenager repeatedly stabbed two sisters to death after making a ‘deal with the Devil’ to “sacrifice” their lives to win the lottery, a court has heard.
Danyal Hussein, 19 (pictured below in a court sketch), allegedly slaughtered Bibaa Henry, 46, and her 27-year-old half-sister Nicole Smallman in a “frenzied” and “savage” attack, it has been heard.
The teen is accused of using a knife to stab Nicole 28 times and plunging the blade so hard into Bibaa that it broke.
The sisters were discovered dead in Fryent Country Park, North London, on June 5 in 2020 after celebrating Bibaa’s birthday.
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Jurors heard how a handwritten letter was discovered in Hussein’s bedroom that appeared to be an agreement between him and a “demon” signed in blood.
He promised to “sacrifice women in order to win the lottery and not to be suspected of the crimes he had committed”, it was said.
Prosecutor 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 the note.
“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.”
The court was told Bibaa and Nicole had been celebrating Bilbaa’s birthday with pals in the Wembley park.
After their guests left, they stayed behind continue the party playing with fairy lights and dancing together.
Mr Glasgow said: “No one could have had any idea when they said goodbye to the two sisters that it would be the last time they would see either Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman again.
“And no one could have imagined that both women would be butchered by this defendant and would have their bodies concealed in undergrowth close to where they had been celebrating their birthdays.”
The court also heard one photo taken that night showed the sisters looking past the frame as though “distracted” by something.
Mr Glasgow said: “Whether what they were distracted by was this defendant who crept up on them or something else is unclear, but there is no doubt he was in the park that evening and attacked the sisters.”
Hussein then allegedly ambushed the pair as they sat alone in the park repeatedly stabbing them.
They were discovered two days after.
The court was told pals first found glasses belonging to Bibaa and Nicole, before following a flattened trail of grass leading to undergrowth.
They then discovered the sisters’ butchered bodies lying with their limbs entwined.
Bibaa was stabbed eight times, while Nicole was knifed 28 times.
DNA belonging to Hussein was then found on the women’s bodies, and a knife was found at the scene, it was said.
Jurors were also told how latex gloves covered in his blood were found near a pond where the sisters’ phones had been thrown.