Murders of Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman

Bibaa Henry (aged 46) and Nicole Smallman (aged 27) were two sisters who were stabbed to death by Danyal Hussein in Fryent Country Park, Kingsbury, north-west London, England, on 6 June 2020.[1][2] The reporting and investigation of their killings provoked widespread discussion of women's safety, police misconduct and systemic racism.[3][4][5][6] It also provoked discussion of the access to violent Satanist material available online, which was a motive of the killer.[7][8]

Bibaa Henry
Died6 June 2020(2020-06-06) (aged 45–46)
Cause of deathStabbing
Body discovered7 June 2020
OccupationSocial worker
Parent(s)Mina Smallman
Herman Henry
Nicole Smallman
Died6 June 2020(2020-06-06) (aged 26–27)
Fryent Country Park, London, England
Cause of deathStabbing
Body discovered7 June 2020
OccupationFreelance photographer
Parent(s)Mina Smallman
Christopher Smallman

The mother of the two victims Mina Smallman called on the Metropolitan Police Chief Cressida Dick to resign over the way the case was handled.[9] Due to this and other controversies, Dick later agreed to resign.[10]


Bibaa Henry lived in Wembley, north-west London, and was a social worker[11] at Buckinghamshire Council described by her family as being "a passionate advocate for safeguarding vulnerable children and families".[12] Nicole Smallman lived in Harrow, north-west London, and worked as a freelance photographer. They were the daughters of the Venerable Mina Smallman, the Church of England's first female archdeacon from a black and minority ethnic background.[6] Their killings occurred whilst the UK was in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The sisters' family reported them missing on 6 June 2020.[13]

Henry, Smallman, and friends had been celebrating Henry's birthday by hosting a picnic in Fryent Country Park on the evening of 5 June 2020.[13] In the early hours of Saturday 6 June 2020, the sisters were murdered.[14] CCTV footage captured the sisters making their way to the birthday picnic, held locally due to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in the United Kingdom. After guests had left the celebration, the two sisters remained in the park, as evidenced by photographs from a mobile phone recovered at the scene; in some of the images, Henry and Smallman are seen playing with strings of lights.[15] [12] Family and friends reported the sisters missing on the evening of 6 June and were advised police would deploy resources to conduct enquiries into their whereabouts, but they failed to do so. The sisters’ families and friends discovered their bodies on the afternoon of the 7 June in Fryent Country Park.


19-year-old Danyal Hussein of Guy Barnet Grove, Eltham, in south-east London, had drawn up a handwritten contract, signed in his own blood, in which he had made a pact with a 'demon' called "Lucifuge Rofocale",[16] to murder six women every six months in return for financial reward including winning the 'Mega Millions Super Jackpot'.[17][18]

According to neighbours, Hussein's father had concerns about his son falling in with "the wrong crowd".[18]

At the Old Bailey, Oliver Glasgow QC said "Why he chose [the sisters] 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: distracted by the fun they were having, eye-catching because of the lights they were playing with, and now on their own."[12]

Hussein suffered a cut to his hand during his crimes. When he needed treatment for it the next day, he claimed he had been mugged. Investigators believed he would have committed more murders had it not been for the injury, which impeded his ability to hold objects.[19] Around a month after the murders, a DNA sample was linked by police to Hussein's father, who had a past caution. For this reason, the Husseins' home was raided by police.[2][20]

From October 2017 to May 2018, he was monitored by the Prevent strategy when at 15, he accessed far-right material on computers at Thomas Tallis School.[18] Police searches of his devices after his arrest showed that he was still accessing far-right and Satanist material.

Hussein was a viewer of videos by Utah-based Matthew Lawrence, also known as E. A. Koetting, a jailed member of the Satanist Order of Nine Angles. Lawrence's videos were subsequently removed from social media.[21] Hussein was active on a Satanic forum led by Lawrence, alleging he was a 'psychic vampire' and asked for advice about demonic pacts. Hussein was active on that forum for two years and last logged in hours before his arrest. Lawrence advised that pacts should be entered to Lucifuge, signed in blood, brought to Lucifuge with only candle light, and organised for wealth; Hussein followed these instructions.[22] In ten days following the murders, Hussein spent £162.88 on lottery tickets and bets but won nothing.[23]

Legal proceedingsEdit

Danyal Hussein was arrested and charged with two counts of murder.[24][25] He told police he had Asperger syndrome and memory problems and refused to answer questions.[2] He pleaded not guilty at the Old Bailey on 11 March 2021.[26] The trial began on 9 June 2021 at the Old Bailey.[27][28] Prosecutor, Oliver Glasgow QC told the jury, "Given the weight of the evidence against him, only someone who actually believes that an agreement with a demon will work could refuse to accept any aspect of the case against him. (...) It is hard to imagine that anyone could do to another human being what this defendant did to Bibaa and Nicole; but to have planned it, to have prepared it and to have performed it with such ruthless selfishness is truly terrifying. He did not care what he had to do to get what he wanted, and these two women were nothing more than a means to a very disturbing end."[29]

Hussein was convicted of both murders on 6 July 2021.[2] In October 2021 Mrs Justice Whipple sentenced him to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 35 years. Whipple told Hussein, "You committed these vicious attacks. You did it to kill. You did it for money and a misguided pursuit of power. This was a calculated and deliberate course of conduct, planned and carried out with precision. Bizarre though the pact with the devil may appear to others, this was your belief system, your own commitment to the murder of innocent women."[30][16] He will become eligible for parole on 20 July 2055.[31]

Police misconductEdit

In the month following the incident, two police officers, PC Deniz Jaffer, 48, and PC Jamie Lewis, 33, were charged with misconduct for sharing "inappropriate" photographs[32] of the crime scene, causing distress to the family and general public.[4][33] The officers had taken selfies next to the sisters' dead bodies. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) launched an inquiry into the behaviour of the police officers. Images had been shared on a WhatsApp group and a further six officers were investigated for failing to either challenge or report this.[34] The IOPC reported that: "The investigation has also uncovered further alleged misconduct breaches of the standards of professional behaviour for a small number of officers which include honesty and integrity, and equality and diversity".[4] The two officers pleaded guilty to misconduct in public office.[35] Lewis was dismissed from the police, while Jaffer had already resigned.[36]

In December 2021, the two officers were each sentenced to two years and nine months in jail. Mina Smallman, mother of the murdered sisters said in a victim impact statement, "It made me think of the lynchings in the Deep South of USA where you would see smiling faces around a hanging dead body. Those police officers felt so safe, so untouchable that they felt they would take photographs with our murdered daughters. Those police officers dehumanised our children."[37] Jaffer and Lewis had undermined trust in the police, an Old Bailey judge said when jailing them.[38] Following investigation of Jaffer's phone, it was found that he had used racist language regarding a separate case involving the assault of South Asian men.[39] In June 2022 three police officers who received the pictures without challenging them or reporting them each received written warnings but were allowed to keep their jobs. Former Met chief superintendent Del Babu said "If you have something as horrific as pictures of dead women taken, the individuals should be reported. It is more appropriate for them not to be in the police service. The fact they remain is worrying. It sends out the wrong message. It will only add to the heartache of the family. It does not reflect the seriousness of what they did."[40]

Mina Smallman has since worked to raise awareness of the misconduct of the police[41] and failures in the investigation of her daughters' deaths.[42][43] She said that racism ensured that the coverage of these black women's deaths was different from similar instances of stranger killings of white women.[5][44][45][46] Mina Smallman maintains the police did not care about the missing sisters before the bodies were found because one was "a black woman who lives on a council estate."[14]

Mina Smallman spoke about Hussein after his conviction, saying that she would not spend her life hating him; she voiced concern that he would be further radicalised in prison.[47]

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) carried out a separate inquiry into how calls from worried relatives and friends were handled by the police.[14] The level of service provided by the police force to the family was found to be "unacceptable".[48] An apology was issued to the family. [49] The IOPC stated that police logs were closed after a family member gave information about the sisters' possible whereabouts, but a communications supervisor recorded the information "inaccurately".[22]


Vigils were held to remember the victims.[6][50][51] The vigil at Fryent Country Park on 3 August 2021 organised by Reclaim These Streets (the same group who organised the vigil for Sarah Everard), was attended by Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Dawn Butler, David Lammy and other notable figures.[52]

The family considered legal action over the police misconduct.[53] Dame Cressida Dick of the Metropolitan Police said: "The Met is not free of discrimination, racism or bias. I have always acknowledged that and do now again"[54]

Barry Gardiner MP of the local Brent North constituency told the Today programme that the Metropolitan Police "need to have a root and branch reform in the way in which it operates, the way in which it treats people".[55] A local councillor for Brent who leads the borough's community safety also criticised the Met, telling the Brent & Kilburn Times that an apology is "no substitute for action."[56]

Violence against women and girlsEdit

In the year following their deaths were mentioned in coverage relating to the murders of other women in London such as Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa. While each incident was different, they served to frame a wider picture of the tackling of violence against women in London and in the UK more widely.[45][5][3] [57][58][59]

In the foreword of the UK government's strategy for tackling violence against women and girls[60] the Home Secretary Priti Patel said "these crimes are still far too prevalent and there are too many instances of victims and survivors being let down. The tragic cases of Sarah Everard, Julia James, Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman touched us all. But for every high-profile case, there are sadly many more. And the pandemic has brought new challenges and presented sick perpetrators with new opportunities as more people stayed at home and went online".[61]


  1. ^ Grierson, Jamie (12 June 2020). "London sisters were stabbed to death by stranger, say police". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d "Wembley park stabbings: Danyal Hussein guilty of murdering sisters". BBC News. 6 July 2021. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Why do some murders not get the same attention as others?". ITV News. 1 October 2021. Retrieved 18 October 2021.
  4. ^ a b c "More Met Police officers face action over crime scene photos". BBC News. 25 August 2020. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  5. ^ a b c Skopeliti, Clea (26 March 2021). "Mother of Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman says race means their deaths weren't taken seriously". The Independent. Archived from the original on 18 June 2022. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  6. ^ a b c Moss, Rachel (29 July 2021). "Why Women Are Holding A Vigil For Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman". HuffPost UK. Retrieved 18 October 2021.
  7. ^ Bancroft, Holly (28 October 2021). "Teenage Satanist sentenced to life in prison for murder of sisters in Wembley". Archived from the original on 18 June 2022.
  8. ^ Simpson, John (28 October 2021). "Danyal Hussein jailed for 35 years for butchering sisters in satanic pact". The Times. Archived from the original on 28 October 2021.
  9. ^ "Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman: Met chief Cressida Dick 'should go'". BBC News. 25 November 2021.
  10. ^ "Statement from Commissioner Cressida Dick". Mynewsdesk. Metropolitan Police. Archived from the original on 10 February 2022. Retrieved 10 February 2022.
  12. ^ a b c Quinn, Ben (9 June 2021). "Attack on sisters in London park was frenzied and relentless, trial told". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 October 2021.
  13. ^ a b "Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry: Sisters were repeatedly stabbed". BBC News. 10 June 2020. Retrieved 15 December 2022.
  14. ^ a b c Bell, Bethan (6 July 2021). "Bibaa and Nicole: The life after death of two sisters". BBC News. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  15. ^ "Met PCs suspended over photos of double murder scene". BBC News. 25 June 2020. Retrieved 15 December 2022.
  16. ^ a b Hall, Rachel (28 October 2021). "Danyal Hussein jailed for 35 years for murdering sisters in London park". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 December 2021.
  17. ^ "Man convicted of murdering two sisters in Wembley park". Metropolitan Police. Retrieved 10 August 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. ^ a b c Farley, Harry (6 July 2021). "Danyal Hussein: A teenage murderer with far-right links". BBC News. Retrieved 27 September 2021.
  19. ^ Quinn, Ben (6 July 2021). "Danyal Hussein found guilty of murdering two sisters in London park". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 September 2021.
  20. ^ Quinn, Ben (6 July 2021). "Mother of murdered sisters tells of zeal for life of her 'girls'". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 October 2021.
  21. ^ De Simone, Daniel (20 October 2021). "Facebook and Instagram remove 'magician' who incited murder". BBC News. Retrieved 22 October 2021.
  22. ^ a b "Wembley park killings: Danyal Hussein jailed for life for murdering sisters". BBC News. 28 October 2021.
  23. ^ Kirk, Tristan (28 October 2021). "Danyal Hussein: Teenage Satanist jailed for life for murder of sisters". Evening Standard.
  24. ^ Ng, Kate (1 July 2020). "18-year-old man arrested over murders of sisters in London park". The Independent. Archived from the original on 18 June 2022. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  25. ^ "Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman: teenager charged with sisters' murders". The Guardian. 2 July 2020. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  26. ^ Jones, Harrison (11 March 2021). "Teenager denies murdering two sisters in London park". Metro. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  27. ^ Charters, Cameron. "Teenager 'killed sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman after deal with devil'". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 9 June 2021.
  28. ^ "Wembley park stabbing deaths: Sisters killed in 'sacrificial deal'". BBC News. 9 June 2021. Retrieved 9 June 2021.
  29. ^ Pennink, Emily (1 July 2021). "'Devil in the detail' in sisters murder case, jurors told". Belfast Telegraph.
  30. ^ Pennink, Emily; James, John (31 October 2021). "Satanist linked to Wembley murders removed from YouTube". MyLondon.
  31. ^ "Danyal Hussein – Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey)". The Law Pages. 28 October 2021. Retrieved 26 March 2023.
  32. ^ Bashir, Martin (26 June 2020). "Wembley park murders: PCs 'took selfies next to sisters' dead bodies'". BBC News. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  33. ^ Dash, Danielle (1 July 2020). "Black Lives Matter and the Nicole Smallman & Bibaa Henry murders". Stylist. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  34. ^ Grierson, Jamie (25 August 2020). "Six more police officers investigated over photos of murdered sisters". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  35. ^ Dodd, Vikram (3 November 2021). "Met police officers plead guilty over photos taken at scene of sisters' deaths". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 28 May 2023.
  36. ^ Dodd, Vikram (24 November 2021). "Met officers guilty of misconduct after sharing photos of murdered sisters". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 28 May 2023.
  37. ^ Dodd, Vikram (6 December 2021). "Two Met police officers jailed over photos of murdered sisters". the Guardian. Retrieved 6 December 2021.
  38. ^ "Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman: Met apologises on anniversary of murders". BBC News. 7 June 2022. Retrieved 28 May 2023.
  39. ^ Dodd, Vikram (13 December 2021). "Met PC who shared photos of dead sisters made racist cover-up boast". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 28 May 2023.
  40. ^ Dodd, Vikram (23 June 2022). "Three Met PCs who received pictures of murdered sisters can keep jobs". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 28 May 2023.
  41. ^ Williams, Hattie (30 June 2020). "Police officers dehumanised my children, says Archdeacon Smallman". Church Times. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  42. ^ "'Met Police didn't care' says mother of murdered sisters". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 26 March 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  43. ^ Dodd, Vikram (26 June 2020). "Mother of murdered daughters attacks 'toxic' Met police culture". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  44. ^ Crockett, Moya (26 March 2021). "Nicole Smallman, Bibaa Henry's mother Mina Smallman interview". Stylist. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  45. ^ a b Matharu, Hardeep (16 March 2021). "Why is Sarah Everard's Murder a Tipping Point?". Byline Times. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  46. ^ Wolfe-Robinson, Maya; Dodd, Vikram (16 March 2021). "Institutional misogyny 'erodes women's trust in UK police'". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  47. ^ Rouch, Abigail Frymann (7 July 2021). "Smallman: I will not hate the man who murdered my daughters". Church Times. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  48. ^ Speare-Cole, Rebecca (28 October 2021). "Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry: Mother of murdered sisters dismisses Met Police apology after 'unacceptable' response". Sky News. Retrieved 26 October 2021.
  49. ^ "Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman: Met Police apologise to family of murdered sisters". BBC News. 26 October 2021. Retrieved 26 October 2021.
  50. ^ "Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman: Vigil held for murdered sisters". BBC News. 4 August 2021. Retrieved 18 October 2021.
  51. ^ "Murdered sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman remembered at London vigil". ITV News. 5 August 2021. Retrieved 18 October 2021.
  52. ^ Slawson, Nicola (3 August 2021). "Vigil held in London park for murdered sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman". The Guardian.
  53. ^ Quinn, Ben (7 July 2021). "Family of murdered sisters considering suing Met police". the Guardian. Retrieved 18 October 2021.
  54. ^ Husain, Mishal; Farley, Harry (26 March 2021). "Cressida Dick: Trust in the Met Police 'still too low'". BBC News. Retrieved 18 October 2021.
  55. ^ "Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman: Met Police apologise to family of murdered sisters". BBC News. 26 October 2021.
  56. ^ "Brent's community lead offers condolences to murdered sisters' families". 27 October 2021.
  57. ^ Rudra, Pravina (23 September 2021). "Sabina Nessa's death reminds us that women are not safe on the streets". Retrieved 18 October 2021.
  58. ^ Bakar, Faima (24 September 2021). "It's Autumn And Women Don't Feel Safe Being Outside Anymore". HuffPost UK. Retrieved 18 October 2021.
  59. ^ "UK Athletics updates safety advice for runnersg". 13 April 2021. Retrieved 18 October 2021.
  60. ^ Smith, Karen Ingala; O’Callaghan, Clarrie (15 August 2021). "Victims of femicide are shamefully ignored in strategy on violence against women". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 October 2021.
  61. ^ HM Government (July 2021). "Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls" (PDF).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)