Zahid Younis, 36, appeared at Southwark Crown Court in London this afternoon.
He had pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the murder of Henriett Szucs, 34, and Mihrican ‘Jan’ Mustafa, 38. Whose bodies were found inside a freezer in his flat in Canning Town, East London.
However, the jury found Younis guilty, and he now faces life behind bars.
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. He preys on vulnerable women in particular. He abuses them, brings them into his control and causes them significant injury.’
He described Younis’s life as ‘a pattern of lies’. Adding: ‘He is a person who uses drugs and would manipulate and lie to people to get money.’
Both of the women had troubled lives and a history of being homeless. Younis used their vulnerability to lure them back to his apartment where he murdered them and stored their bodies.
Ms Szucs – a Hungarian national – had last been seen in August 2016 and Ms Mustafa in May 2018.
Both of their bodies were found in Younis’s freezer in April 2019.
A police officer, who forced the door open after finding it surrounded by flies, made the grim discovery.
DCI Harding leading the investigation said the uniformed officer had only gone to Yousif’s apartment after someone had reported him missing.
‘He broke open the freezer and discovered what could only be seen, at the time, as only one body,’ DCI Harding said.
‘It actually took the freezer being taken away and X-rayed for it to be seen there was another body underneath that. It was a gruesome discovery for the officers.’
The ‘horrendous scenes’ faced by his team, who are trained for their jobs, is nothing compared to the ‘bravery’ of the victims’ families whose ordeal has spanned. Not just their loved ones’ disappearance and killing but now also this court case, he said.
Members of Ms Mustafa’s large family have been at the trial at London’s Southwark Crown Court every day. Younis showed no remorse as he denied murdering them.
DCI Harding said: ‘It is incomprehensible to imagine what the families are going through.
‘They have been incredibly brave throughout this entire ordeal. It is an ordeal in court listening to his lies. It is hard to listen if you are a family member to hear what he is saying about your daughter, sister or mum.’
DCI Harding described Ms Szucs as someone who had been in abusive relationships before. And that she was then preyed upon by Younis.
She moved in with him and Younis denied having a long-term relationship with her but ‘we have shown that she was really in love with him in her own way,’ DCI Harding said.
‘She wrote him letters that we found. Unfortunately to him, she did not mean anything.
‘She was just another person that he was abusing physically and mentally, resulting in her death 10 months after she met him.’
Younis will be sentenced at a later date.
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