A 19 yr old alleged to have killed two sisters in a “deal with a demon ” is standing trial this week.
This is the poignant last picture of sisters Bibaa and Nicole who were in Fryent park.
They were celebrating Bibaa Henry’s 46th birthday.
It was 1am and slowly their friends had gone home after a evening of laughter.
The pair were alone taking selfies in the park.
We can only imagine,they were completely unaware of any hidden threats they may face in the moments after the final selfies.
Lack of Information
The incident had occurred during lockdown and home gatherings were not permitted in the uk due to the Pandemic.
The two women had chosen to meet up with friends and have a few drinks to celebrate.
The story this week has now gained msm coverage
This is mainly due to the shocking details revealed in court in the last few days.
The headlines in the tabloids are filled with talk of
“demons ,sacrifice killings and lottery winnings”
There is little about who Nicole and Bibaa were as people.
The victims were vastly ignored in msm.
Where was the outrage?
After violence against women has took the forefront of the conversation lately.
The search for Sarah Everard was fast, but why was the response to the sisters not the same?
Hundreds of officers joined the hunt for the missing woman.
The 33 year old who had disappeared while walking home in Croydon.
And the story was in every news show on rotate.
But then at the time nobody knew a police man would go on to be charged with her murder.
This isn’t to say the extra coverage was wrong.
But at same time, why didn’t Nicole and Bibaa get the same passion from the public and police?
Speculation and misinformation
Sadly online this lack of knowledge led to speculation.
People assumed and some even suggested it may have been prostitutes.
And others even criticised them being outside during “lockdown”
But trying to find the facts through the gossip was hard.
But the reality was these unfounded claims couldn’t have been further from the truth .
Who were Bibaa And Nicole?
Nicole was a Westminster University graduate and amazing artist.
Bibaa was a mother-of-one girl and a social worker.
Bibaa helped in the community with old people and drove them on a bus.
They were both happy, outgoing and innocent.
The sisters could not have known they were being watched, allegedly by Danyal Hussein who was 18 at the time.
The South London teen is standing trial for their murders.
They were reported missing late on Saturday when they failed to return home.
A intense search by their family followed.
The sisters bodies were discovered in the park the following day at 1pm .
Police say Hussein had entered the park 45 minutes after the party and was not filmed leaving until 4am.
The prosecutor in court said,
“Therefore, it is likely that he spent much of his time thinking about his plan and looking for potential victims,”
“Why he chose Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman, or what it was about them that caught his attention, is also unclear.
“But, once their friends had left, two of them were far more vulnerable:
It was suggested they became distracted by the fun they were having, because of the lights they were playing with.
A Mother’s Pain
Archdeacon Mina Smallman who is the mother of Nicole and Bibaa spoke out.
She said to the BBC she had reported the sisters missing.
but it was a search by the family not the police which found their bodies.
They were found entwined it was said in court.
The Media Reaction
I covered the story 3 times on our YouTube channel with the help of our reporter Dave Nathan, trying to rain awareness for the senseless murders.
Fear In Community
The incident was terrifying for local women also who didn’t know who the attacker was.
The police stated early on that the suspect was not known to them.
The Sun newspaper claimed a 50 year old man was stalking women.
This information would turn out to be untrue.
In the next few days criticism of the police response would grow stronger.
But then no-one could predict the events that would unfold next.
In the aftermath of the brutal murders a police cordon was set up.
Two officers who were standing guard at the scene decided to ‘take selfies’ with the bodies.
The outrage this caused on the story breaking highlighted another example in the case of bias and disrespect.
Two Metropolitan Police officers had been charged over photographs taken at the scene of the double killing that were allegedly shared on WhatsApp
Claims of Racism
Pc Deniz Jaffer and Pc Jamie Lewis are accused of misconduct in public office
The alleged offences took place at the scene of the stabbings at Fryent Country Park in the early hours of 6 June.
The disgust was followed by anger as people claimed there was a racial element to the behaviour.
Soon after Danyal Hussein 18 was charged with their murders and possession of an offensive weapon.
Strength & Sadness
The sisters’ mother, Mina Smallman, who is the Church of England’s first female archdeacon of black and minority ethnic descent described her upset at the treatment of her daughters.
She has previously said she believes their race meant their deaths were not taken seriously.
She went on to say their murders did not receive the same reaction as the killing of Sarah Everard.
Officers Jaffer and Lewis have said they are sorry in court over the photographs of their dead bodies.
But this raises questions of a culture in the workplace that approves this kind of conduct
Would the officers have taken photos of Sarah Everard’s body ?
Danyal Hussein was 18 when he stabbed Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, after they had held a lockdown birthday party in Fryent Country Park.
Hussein was allegedly identified through DNA and CCTV camera footage, but he had also bought a knife matching the murder weapon and police found more evidence at his home.
Mr Glasgow continued: “When the defendant’s bedroom was searched, the police found a handwritten document,
This document was purporting to be an agreement between the defendant and a demon.
It is claimed in which he promised to sacrifice women in order to win the lottery and not to be suspected of the crimes he had committed.
Demons & Lottery
The prosecution said in the trial it appeared that the defendant had confidence that his plan would work since following the fatal attacks upon Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman,
The defendant purchased several lottery tickets and there were three lottery tickets folded up inside the note.
The prosecution continued
“As it turned out, the demon did not come good on the bargain, since not only did the defendant not win the lottery but the police identified all the evidence that links him to these two murders.’
Jurors were shown CCTV footage of what the prosecutor said was Hussein
This showed him leaving his father’s house two days before the stabbings to buy a set of five knives from an Aldi supermarket
The teen then began walking to the park on the night.
The prosecutor said Hussein took with him a mask and two mini shovels he had bought on the internet.
Other footage showed the sisters carrying bags as they walked to the park before their friends joined them for the party.
The friends left at around 11pm, leaving the sisters alone.
“The Crown anticipates that the defendant is likely to offer the following explanation for the evidence
The prosecution said,
He is likely to claim that he was attacked by someone on the night of 5 June 2020, the attacker robbed him and who stabbed him in the course of that robbery.
They also suggest he is likely to claim that the reason his DNA and blood was found all over the crime scene, the murder weapon and the dead bodies is because he has been the victim of a conspiracy.
And in relation to murder weapon they said
‘he is likely to claim that his purchase of knives and his written agreement to sacrifice women has nothing to do with what happened in Fryent Country Park.”
Hussein, now 19, denies two counts of murder and possessing an offensive weapon.
The Legacy Left
The group ‘Reclaim our Streets’ who set up the Sarah Everard vigil have said they are organising a moment of silence for Ms Henry and Ms Smallman
This will happen at 7pm on 3 August 2021 at Wembley’s Fryent Country Park
Ludo Orlando, one of the organisers behind Reclaim These Streets, said
“I believe that women want to know their stories and there should be the same outcry.
“The issue is so big, it’s an actual epidemic, violence against women.
“It’s very much a moment of say their names.”
She added: “So we want to make sure there is a moment to grieve Ms Henry and Ms Smallman.
Lessons and Time-bombs
Between 1993-2019 there were 1540 cases of people being killed by people with mental health conditions in the UK. 11% of people convicted of homicide in the UK between 2005 and 2015 were mental health patients, most diagnosed with schizophrenia (compared to a population rate of schizophrenia of around 1%).
These cases have highlighted violence against woman and started a discussion.
At the same time we need a conversation about mental health and a failing system.
How was it possible for someone who was making deals with demons to not be noticed as needing help?
There are always signs someone is not well before a climatic event.
This raises more questions then answers in relation to how to prevent it happening again.
Mental Health patient Sarah Markham said,
Mental health trusts are still failing to put the lessons learned from patient homicides into practice.
The review found the trust did not always learn from its mistakes and sometimes “severely underestimated” risks.
Mental Health and Murder
There were 111 homicides committed by people receiving mental health services in the year to 19 March and a new report by NHS England
Critics warn the lack of joined-up services, poor communication and poor access to crisis care for seriously ill people were all factors in the killings.
It comes as research shows the proportion of homicides committed by mental health patients, while extremely rare, is rising as a share of overall killings.
Recent research claims up to March 2019 homicides committed by a person with mental health problems made up a sixth of the 671 total that year.