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Man found guilty of murdering two women whose bodies were found in freezer


A "manipulative" predator, who killed two women and hid their bodies in a freezer, has been convicted of murder.

Zahid Younis had subjected both victims to "very significant violence" in the days before he killed them.

The body of one of the women, Henriett Szucs, was hidden in the small, padlocked chest freezer for almost three years before it was found by police in the 36-year-old killer's flat in east London in April 2019.

Image: Henriett Szucs (L) and Mihrican Mustafa, also known as Mary-Jane, were found hidden in a freezer

Ms Szucs, 34, a Hungarian national, was last seen in August 2016 and is believed to have gone to live with Younis at his home in Canning Town.

The second victim, mother-of-three Mihrican Mustafa, 38, had not been seen since May 2018.


Both women were described by prosecutor Duncan Penny QC as "vulnerable".

He said they had been living "somewhat chaotic lives" and had been homeless for a time.

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The two victims had also struggled with addiction to class-A drugs.

They were, the prosecution said, easily manipulated by a man who had a history of preying on the vulnerable.

Police at the property on Vandome Close in Canning Town
Image: Police at the property on Vandome Close in Canning Town

Younis showed no emotion as the verdicts were read out, while members of Ms Mustaga's large family, who attended every day of the three-week trial, said "yes" in the public gallery.

Her older sister, Mel Mustafa, said: "Thank you God, thank you."

Police had been searching Younis' home after he was reported missing, when they discovered the women's remains in the freezer.

Officers used a crowbar to prise open the lid, after they noticed a strong smell and saw flies clustered around the appliance.

Post mortems revealed the women had sustained significant injuries, more than 50 internal and external wounds, including numerous rib fractures.

Ms Szucs had suffered severe head injuries, while Ms Mustafa's sternum and larynx had been fractured.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding, the senior investigating officer on the case, said Younis was "an incredibly dangerous individual" who was both "manipulative and violent".

"We have seen throughout this trial, that he is incredibly violent to women he has formed relationships with.

"Part of his pattern is to target vulnerable women, who lead chaotic lifestyles."

The two women were known to have associated with Younis in the weeks leading up to their disappearance and personal possessions belonging to the pair were found inside his flat.

Traces of Ms Szucs' blood were found on the carpet inside the property and fingerprints belonging to Ms Mustafa were found on the oven.

At his trial, Younis outlined an elaborate set of events he claimed explained why he was innocent of murder.

Vandome Close in east London where the two women were found
Image: Vandome Close in east London where the two women were found

He told the jury he came home one day and found Ms SzucsRead More – Source