A British teen has been found guilty of murdering two sisters in a London park. He claimed he had a blood pact with a demon to kill six women every six months in exchange for winning the lottery.
Danyal Hussein, 19, fatally stabbed Bibaa Henry, 46, and her half-sister, Nicole Smallman, 27, last June as the social worker and photographer were celebrating Henry’s birthday.
Jurors were presented with a copy of Hussein’s handwritten “deal with the devil,” which was found in his bedroom and signed in his blood.
Under his pact with Lucifuge Rofocale — the supposed “Prime Minister of Hell” — Hussein pledged to “perform a minimum of six sacrifices every six months for as long as I am free and physically capable.”
Hussein cut his hand badly in the brutal attack, causing his blood to drip onto the victims and their belongings.
Hussein stabbed Smallman 28 times at Fryent Country Park. He plunged the blade so hard into Henry that it broke.
Investigators said that Hussein had undergone “a form of radicalization” after being exposed to occult material on the dark web. They believe he would have murdered more women if he had not gotten injured.
A day after committing the crime, Hussein went to a hospital to be treated for his hand injury, which he claimed happened when he was supposedly robbed at knifepoint.
The sisters’ mother, Rev. Mina Smallman, provided a moving victim impact statement in which she recalled their lives and described the evidence as “overwhelming.”
She said her family had hoped Hussein would “do the right thing, a kindness and find some humanity in him” by pleading guilty.
“No one expects their children to die before them but to have two of your three children murdered overnight is just incomprehensible,” Smallman said in the statement.
Smallman, who was the Church of England’s first black female archdeacon, said that losing her daughters was “enough to shake a person’s faith” but “fortunately, it did not.”
“If any good comes out of this at least another four women will not meet a similar end in a so-called pact with a so-called demon,” she said.
Nicole’s partner, Adam Stone, made the horrific discovery after looking for the women after they failed to come home.
“Nicole is my first thought, my second and every thought thereafter and if I am lucky enough to fall asleep then I see her in my dreams. This is all I have left of her,” Stone told the court.
Hussein’s DNA was found on the sisters’ bodies, nearby foliage and a knife at the scene. Latex gloves covered in his blood were also discovered near a pond where their phones had been thrown.
Hussein was obsessed with the idea of becoming a multimillionaire and believed the only way to do it was to strike a pact with a demon.
Two days before his attack, Hussein bought a knife block from Asda, a UK supermarket chain, and a roll of gaffer tape. He had also ordered two shovels from Amazon and a face mask.
On the day the sisters’ bodies were discovered, Hussein purchased three lottery tickets.
Hussein later claimed that various surveillance videos of him showed someone else who looked like him.
He even claimed that bloodstains at the scene were not his — or if they were, they had been transferred there by “foxes and rabbits.”
“This is one of the most shocking and chilling cases I have ever dealt with, and I know the investigation will stay with all of those involved for many years to come,” Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding said.
“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,” he added.