Teen who murdered sisters in the park in sacrificial killing jailed for 35 years

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Photo credit: Guy Smallman - Getty Images
Photo credit: Guy Smallman - Getty Images

Danyal Hussein, the teenager who murdered sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman in Wembley Park last year, has been sentenced to 35 years in prison. He killed the two women in a random attack in the early hours of 6 June, after they had been celebrating Henry's birthday with friends.

Yesterday (28 October) the 19-year-old appeared for sentencing at the Old Bailey via video link from HMP Belmarsh, a high-security prison in South East London. The court heard how Hussein had embarked on a "campaign of vengeance" against women as part of a sacrificial ritual to win the Mega Millions Super Jackpot lottery prize, which at the time totalled £321 million.

At his trial, in July, the 19-year-old did not give any evidence, and denied claims he had committed the murders. But, the teen was found guilty of two counts of murder and possession of a knife, after police identified him through DNA. During their investigation, officers had found a handwritten pact to a demonic entity – 'King Lucifuge Rofocale' – in which Hussein pledged to kill six women every six months. He'd signed the letter in blood.

Photo credit: Metropolitan Police
Photo credit: Metropolitan Police

At yesterday's sentencing hearing, three months after he was found guilty, Hussein was handed two life terms in prison and ordered to serve a minimum of 35 years behind bars. Speaking to the court, Mrs Justice Whipple said the teen had "brutally" murdered the sisters and that "consequences must follow."

The judge continued: "You had found these two women. You were a stranger to them. You surprised them, you terrified them and you killed them."

Referencing the 'pact' Hussein had made with the devil, Whipple described it as "bizarre," before adding, "I am sure you performed these murders as part of that bargain for wealth and power... You committed these vicious attacks. You did it to kill. You did it for money and a misguided pursuit of power."

The judge also highlighted how the victims' family had been "haunted" by their tragic deaths. Outside the court, Henry and Smallman's mother addressed the crowd, and said that justice had been served for her "beautiful girls."

Photo credit: Henry/Smallman Family
Photo credit: Henry/Smallman Family

Speaking about the teenager who murdered her daughters, Mina Smallman added: "He's just an obnoxious human being. He is a broken human being who – if he had not been caught – four other families may have been suffering what we have."

On the evening of their murders, Bibaa (46) and Smallman (27) had been enjoying a picnic in the park with friends. After the rest of the group had left, the sisters stayed on, but were unaware that Hussein had been watching them. As they celebrated alone, he launched a surprise attack on them with a carving knife, killing Henry first and then stabbing Smallman 29 times as she tried to defend herself. He later dragged their bodies into a nearby bush – in doing so, some of his own blood dripped onto their belongings, ultimately leading to his conviction.

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