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04 September 2020 00:31

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Zahid Younis: Murderer who hid bodies of two women in freezer jailed for life

A "manipulative" predator who killed two women and hid their bodies in a freezer has been given a life sentence with a minimum term of 38 years. 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: Zahid Younis killed two women and stored them in his freezer in Canning Town, east London 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". The court heard how Younis bought the £169.99 freezer in cash from Curry's in Beckton on the afternoon he killed Ms Szucs "for the sole purpose" of concealing her body. The murder trial heard how Younis was a registered sex offender, jailed twice previously for sexual activity with a child and for violence against a separate teenage girl after he was released from jail the first time.

Image: Younis bought the chest freezer on the day he killed Ms Szucs and left the packaging in his flat Younis, 36, was found guilty of murdering Canning Town mum-of-two Mihrican Mustafa, also known as Mary Jane, and Hungarian national Henriett Szucs, who had been sleeping rough in Ilford. DCI Harding said the freezer was forced open by one of the officers on "an old-fashioned police hunch" about what was inside it. He said: "He broke open the freezer and discovered what could only be seen, at the time, as only one body. Members of Ms Mustafa's large family have been at the trial at London's Southwark Crown Court every day and Younis showed no remorse as he denied murdering them. Then he came up with his "story" which included blaming someone as having helped him put the bodies in the freezer even though they were in prison at the time, DCI Harding noted.

A violent sex offender has been jailed for life for murdering two vulnerable women and storing their bodies in a freezer. Zahid Younis, 36, known as Boxer, killed Hungarian national Henriett Szucs and mother-of-three Mihrican "Jan" Mustafa. The jury at London's Southwark Crown Court heard that the women had been subjected to "very significant violence" before their deaths and had fracture injuries associated with kicking or stamping. Prosecutor Duncan Penny QC said Younis had bought the freezer a short time after the death of Ms Szucs "for the sole purpose" of concealing her body. Younis said he had paid a man he knew to help him get Ms Szucs' body into the freezer, only for this man to later blackmail him into also putting Ms Mustafa's body in the same place.

Zahid Younis, 36, has been found guilty at Southwark Crown Court of murdering Henriett Szucs, 34, and Mihrican "Jan" Mustafa, 38, whose bodies were found inside a freezer in his flat in Canning Town, east London. Investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding, of the Metropolitan Police, told the PA news agency: "Zahid Younis is a particularly dangerous and what I would describe as a repugnant individual who preys on vulnerable women in particular and abuses them, brings them into his control and causes them significant injury." Younis, 36, murdered Hungarian national Henriett Szucs, 34, and mother-of-three Mihrican 'Jan' Mustafa, 38. Their bodies were found in a padlocked freezer with flies swarming around it at Younis's flat in Vandome Close, Canning Town, in April 2019. DCI Harding said the freezer was forced open by one of the officers on "an old-fashioned police hunch" about what was inside it. He said: "He broke open the freezer and discovered what could only be seen, at the time, as only one body.

Members of Ms Mustafa's large family have been at the trial at London's Southwark Crown Court every day and Younis showed no remorse as he denied murdering them. Then he came up with his "story" which included blaming someone as having helped him put the bodies in the freezer even though they were in prison at the time, DCI Harding noted. A double murderer will spend at least 38 years in jail after killing two women and hiding their bodies inside a freezer. Zahid Younis, a convicted pedophile, was found guilty of of murdering Hungarian national Henriett Szucs, 34, and mother-of-three Mihrican "Jan" Mustafa, 38, at Southwark Crown Court today. The 36-year-old had kept the body of Ms Szucs in a padlocked chest freezer in his east London flat for two and a half years before it was discovered by police on April 27 last year, along with the body of Ms Mustafa, who is believed to have been killed by Younis after she went missing in May 2018.

Younis admitted putting the women in the freezer and pleaded guilty to two counts of preventing the lawful and decent burial of a body - but denied two counts of murder. Younis bought a freezer for £169.99 in cash from Curry's shortly after killing Ms Szucs, which was "for the sole purpose" of concealing her body, the court heard. Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding, of the Metropolitan Police, said: "Zahid Younis is a particularly dangerous and what I would describe as a repugnant individual who preys on vulnerable women in particular and abuses them, brings them into his control and causes them significant injury." "He broke open the freezer and discovered what could only be seen, at the time, as only one body," he told the PA news agency.