Wembley double killer was driven by black magic and a pact with the devil

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Danyal Hussein (PA)
Danyal Hussein (PA)

The horrifying murders of sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman as they enjoyed a summer night together in the park could seem like acts of insanity, by someone who has lost touch with reality.

Danyal Hussein was just three weeks past his 18th birthday when he carried out the double murder, believing he would be rewarded with a lottery jackpot if he “sacrificed” women - thanks to a blood pact he had struck with the devil.

However the twisted rationale for the killings in Fryent Country Park last June did not come from a mental breakdown, but instead had been fuelled by Hussein’s obsession with dark magic and the occult.

In the face of a mass of evidence that he had gone out that night to murder and had ambitious of becoming a serial killer, Hussein chose to try to lie his way out it.

He denied being the killer and put forward a series of bizarre suggestions at trial as to how he had been “framed”, claiming his face had been photoshopped on to CCTV footage of the ‘real’ killer and damning evidence at his family home had been “planted”.

During his trial Hussein opted not to give evidence, leaving his lawyers to put forward his defence case, and no evidence of mental health difficulties was aired.

After the guilty verdicts, Mrs Justice Whipple ordered a psychiatric assessment of the teenager to try to get a better understanding of his mental state. The doctor found a “striking oddness” in the crimes, suggested further tests, and confirmed that Hussein is on the autistic spectrum.

Sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman were murdered by Danyal Hussein last June (Met Police/PA) (PA Wire)
Sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman were murdered by Danyal Hussein last June (Met Police/PA) (PA Wire)

But the judge concluded there was no evidence Hussein, who did not claim diminished responsibility, had been suffering from a mental disorder, and had instead deliberately chosen a web of lies and deceit at trial.

“Autistic Spectrum Disorder does not explain why you committed these offences and it does not explain your refusal to acknowledge your offending”, she said. “You know what you did that night, and you chose to lie about it and conduct your defence on the basis of that lie.”

Hussein’s own barrister, Riel Karmy Jones QC, conceded there are “many unanswered questions” over the double murder, suggesting the truth may eventually emerge during the killer’s decades behind bars.

“We hope in time and after treatment, the family of the two women so tragically lost will get some answers as to how and why the offences came to happen”, she said.

Police efforts to get to the heart of Hussein’s crimes were made harder when detectives could not access the killer’s internet browsing history on electronic devices found his bedroom.

They reportedly sought help from the US Department of Justice, but were denied, with lead detective DCI Simon Harding complaining: “I find it incredibly frustrating to run a murder inquiry with your hands tied behind your back in that way.”

The centrepiece of the criminal case against Hussein was his pact with a devil called King Lucifuge Rofocale – dubbed the Prime Minister of Hell in mythology – which he had hand-written and signed in his own blood.

“Agreement” it was headed, penned on a green folder divider. “For the mighty King Lucifuge Rotocale.

An agreement with ‘King Lucifurge Rofocale’ was found in Danyal Hussein’s bedroom signed in blood (Met Police/PA) (PA Media)
An agreement with ‘King Lucifurge Rofocale’ was found in Danyal Hussein’s bedroom signed in blood (Met Police/PA) (PA Media)

“Perform a minimum of six sacrifices every six months for as long as I am free and physically able,” Hussein promised.

His check list read: “Sacrifice only women – build a temple for you – do everything I have promised.”

Under the heading “for me”, Hussein expected to “win the Mega Millions Super Jackpot”.

He wanted to “receive fruitful rewards in return for the future sacrifices I make to you, the rewards could consist of wealth and power”.

And he hoped to “never be suspected of any crimes by the police, and also that the police will never know of any crimes that I have done and that I will do”.

As the judge recognised, Hussein knew there was a danger he would be caught after going on his killing spree.

After carrying out the murders, Hussein spent more than £160 on lottery tickets and bets, apparently believing his wishes were about to be granted. But he came away empty-handed.

It is believed Hussein had also experimented with black magic spells to make himself more attractive.

Since the murder trial, links have been drawn between the killings and the work of American black magician E A Koetting.

Koetting’s work, which quotes Moors Murderer Ian Brady, has been accused of “openly discussing and encouraging murder”, and he has mentioned having a link to a British-based Nazi Satanist group known as the Order of Nine Angles.

Danyal Hussein on video screen being sentenced by Mrs Justice Whipple at the Old Bailey (Elizabeth Cook/PA) (PA Wire)
Danyal Hussein on video screen being sentenced by Mrs Justice Whipple at the Old Bailey (Elizabeth Cook/PA) (PA Wire)

Hussein, known to have a long-standing interest in dark magic and the occult, had been an active member of Koetting’s forum Becoming A Living God. In the resulting furore, Koetting’s Instagram account was shutdown, while his YouTube channel is under threat.

Hussein is understood to have had an unremarkable childhood, living at the family home and he had been enrolled at Orpington College.

But in 2017 he was referred to anti-terrorism programme Prevent by his school over concerns that he was vulnerable to radicalisation.

He received interventions through counter-terrorism scheme Channel until 2018, but was discharged with no lingering concerns about extremism or violence.

However it was not a traditional form of extremism and terror that Hussein was to pursue.

In her sentencing remarks, Mrs Justice Whipple confirmed that Hussein had been driven by his sub-culture beliefs, seeking to become a serial killer to secure wealth and power.

“Bizarre though your pact with the devil may appear to others, this was your belief system, your own commitment to the murder of innocent women,” she said.

Hussein himself offered no insight on why he robbed two women of their lives - at random and in brutal fashion - leaving devastated family and friends in his wake.

The killer was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Thursday and will be approaching his mid-50s by the time he could be free from prison.

But he may never be released if he cannot come to terms with - and explain - the horror he has wrought.

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