A teenager believed ‘he had struck a deal with a demon to win the lottery’ when he allegedly knifed two women to death.
Danyal Hussein is accused of murdering Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, in Wembley on June 6 last year.
The sisters were celebrating Ms Henry’s birthday when they were killed and their bodies left in bushes in Fryent Country Park.
Hussein is alleged to have bought a knife at Asda and attacked the women believing he had an agreement with a demon called Lucifuge Rofocale.
He murdered the sisters as part of a ‘twisted deal’ in a ‘celebration of death’ and ‘night of sacrifice’, prosecutors claim.
Danyal Hussein allegedly used his own blood to sign an agreement with the imaginary demon and promised to ‘sacrifice’ women in exchange for winning the lottery, the Old Bailey heard.
He offered blood for ‘sexual potency’ and to make a girl at his school fall in love with him in a separate note, jurors were told
In his closing statement, Oliver Glasgow QC summed up by saying ‘the last few minutes of Bibaa and Nicole’s lives must have been truly terrifying’.
He continued: ‘Given the weight of the evidence against him, only someone who actually believes that an agreement with a demon will work could refuse to accept any aspect of the case against him.
‘Perhaps he still believes that Lucifuge Rofocale will come to his aid, but unfortunately for the defendant, there are no deals to be had in these courts and the devil, if he is anywhere, is in the detail.’
Hussein, of Blackheath, south-east London, has denied two counts of murder and possessing a knife.
Jurors were told how the sisters were found the next morning by Ms Smallman’s boyfriend, where prosecutors allege Hussein left them ‘without a thought for their dignity’.
The court was told the sisters had planned a birthday party and ‘celebration of life’ on June 5 but prosecutors say Hussein saw them as ‘nothing more than a means to a very disturbing end’.
Mr Glasgow said: ‘It was a celebration of death, not of life; it was a night of sacrifice and violence, not of shared emotions; and it was the start of his planned campaign of vengeance that would see part of his twisted bargain fulfilled and leave him looking forward to the riches he believed would soon come his way.’
Hussein has declined to give evidence but disputes that his DNA was found at the scene or that he was caught on CCTV returning to his home after the killings in the early hours of June 6 last year.
Prosecutors poured scorn on the defendant’s suggestion someone else wrote the note and said Hussein could not explain how his blood and DNA were at the crime scene.
Earlier, trial judge Mrs Justice Whipple warned jurors not to be drawn into speculation or influenced by emotion as they assessed the evidence.
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