Zahid Younis, 36, known as Boxer, murdered Hungarian national Henriett Szucs and mother-of-three Mihrican “Jan” Mustafa whose bodies were found in a freezer at his home in Canning Town, east London
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.
Today he was found guilty of two counts of murder and jailed for life with a minimum tariff of 38 years.
Ms Szucs, 34, had last been seen in August 2016 and 38-year-old Ms Mustafa in May 2018.
Their bodies were found in Younis’s flat in Canning Town, east London, in April 2019. Police had been sent there to investigate after Younis was reported missing.
The women’s bodies were found after officers forced open a padlocked freezer, which was in a cupboard, surrounded by flies and with items stacked on top of it.
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Both of the women he murdered had led somewhat chaotic lives – they had been homeless at times and had struggled with drugs. They were easy to manipulate.
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.
The women had numerous rib fractures, while Ms Szucs had also suffered “dreadful” head injuries and Ms Mustafa’s sternum and larynx had been fractured, Mr Penny said.
The court heard that, between their deaths and the discovery of the bodies, there were periods when the electricity supply to the flat had been cut off – causing the bodies to start to decompose.
Younis admitted putting the women in his freezer but denied double murder. He had previously pleaded guilty to preventing the lawful and decent burial of both women.
Younis accepted that Ms Szucs died at his flat but insisted he had been out at the time and later found her dead.
He said he did not tell police there was a dead woman at his home because he was “panicking”.
Younis also said he did not kill Ms Mustafa and does not know how she came to die.
The defence had argued that there was no convincing evidence that Younis killed or was present when either woman died and the case against him is circumstantial.
There was no forensic evidence against him or that he had the motivation to cause anyone serious injury, the defence said.
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.
Ms Mustafa was already dead when he was confronted by this man to hide her body, according to Younis.
This happened when two men took Ms Mustafa’s body, along with her property including her bag and telephone, to his home in a wheelie bin and ordered that she be put into the freezer.
The defence said Younis felt he had no choice but to agree to have the second body put in his freezer.
One of the men had threatened to tell about the dead woman who was already there if he refused, the jury was told.
The court heard that Younis has several previous convictions for assaulting partners.
When he was 17, Younis was controlling, violent and overbearing towards his then-girlfriend, including waiting outside her house and escorting her everywhere.
In addition he was jailed for 30 months for assaulting a 14-year-old teenager and unlawful sexual activity with a child and was put on the sex offenders’ register.
The prosecution said that in 2007, following his release from prison, Younis got into a relationship with a 17-year-old girl whose father had recently died.
The jury heard the violence began with slaps, before escalating into punches and kicks, leaving the teenager with large bruises.
The girl’s family eventually tricked Younis into allowing her to leave the home they shared, following an assault that fractured her arm in three places.
He was later sentenced to four years and 11 months for two counts of wounding and one of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
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.”
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.
DCI Harding said: “It is incomprehensible to imagine what the families are going through.
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“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.”
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.”