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FREEZER 'MURDERS'

Double murder suspect ‘strangled two women and hid bodies in freezer – using air freshener to hide smell’

A DOUBLE murder suspect strangled two women and hid their bodies in his freezer, a court heard today.

Zahid Younis allegedly tried using air freshener to mask the smell of their bodies after his electricity meter ran out.

Mihrican Mustafa was found dead alongside another victim last year
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Mihrican Mustafa was found dead alongside another victim last year
Henriett Szucs disappeared three years ago, with her body found last year
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Henriett Szucs disappeared three years ago, with her body found last year
Cops made the grim discovery after searching for alleged killer Zahid Younis
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Cops made the grim discovery after searching for alleged killer Zahid YounisCredit: Vickie Flores

A jury was told that the remains of Henriett Szucs, 34, and mum-of-three Mihrican Mustafa, 38, were discovered by police in his flat in Canning Town last year.

Southwark Crown Court heard they had both suffered appalling injuries including multiple broken ribs and Ms Mustafa's sternum and larynx were also fractured.  

The alleged killer bought the freezer for the "sole purpose" of hiding Ms Szcucs' body after the brutal killing on or before 11 November 2016, it was said.

A workman saw Younis spraying air freshener around the freezer when he was called to the address to turn the power back on after his electricity was cut off, the court heard.

Younis was said to have answered the door to the electrician holding a can of cleaning spray in April 2019 - weeks before the bodies were found.

Prosecutor Duncan Penny, QC, said: "By April 2019 at the latest, there was a foul smell within the defendant's flat.

"It appears that the electricity supply to the defendant's premises was cut off or suspended as a result of non-payment.

"The defendant appears to have been aware that the decomposition of the bodies might have led to their discovery.

'FLIES FORMING AROUND THE FREEZER'

"In April 2019 the defendant appears to have been concerned to secure electricity to the flat, asking others for money to pay for it.

"An electrical engineer was dispatched to the property to 'clear the debt'.

"When an engineer attended in April 2019 the defendant was very concerned to spray air freshener around the area of the freezer and followed the engineer around the flat."

Ms Szucs kept a diary while she stayed with Younis, detailing the violent ordeals he subjected her to, jurors were told.

The remains of pyjamas were found on her body when it was recovered from the freezer, suggesting she had been sleeping at the address when she died, it was said.

DOUBLE 'MURDER'

She fell into the clutches of the alleged killer after leaving an abusive relationship, and he had soon cut her off from her friends and family, the court heard.

Two years after Ms Szucs disappeared, Younis told a WhatsApp group he "wanted to get rid of" a woman in his home before hiding Ms Mustafa's body in the freezer, the court heard.

The prosecution said Younis messaged friends on the social media platform complaining about a "girl in his flat who wouldn't leave" in May 2018.

He hung a heap of laundry on washing lines outside and had his carpets removed at around the same time, prosecutors claim.

A post-mortem on the mother-of-three revealed she had likely been strangled and stamped on, the court heard.

In due course, with a crowbar, the officer forced the lid of the freezer and he made a very grim discovery indeed.

Prosecutor Duncan Penny

Mr Penny said: "On the morning of 27 April, 2019, police officers attended a one bedroom ground floor flat in Canning Town.

"In that cupboard one of the police officers noticed a small chest freezer.

"He noticed that this lockable freezer was locked and that there were flies forming around the freezer and that items including a zimmer type frame had been stacked on top of the freezer.

"In due course, with a crowbar, the officer forced the lid of the freezer and he made a very grim discovery indeed.

"Contained within that small chest freezer were the remains of two women."

The prosecutor said Younis was "closely connected" to both victims in the weeks leading up to their deaths.

He added: "His immediate response to being apprehended was to say to the police officers who detained him 'It's my house, it's my problem. No one else is involved'."

Today Younis left the dock claiming he felt unwell after the jury entered court today and was led down to the cells.

Younis, from London, denies two counts of murder. The trial continues.

Police found the two bodies in a freezer in the defendants home
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Police found the two bodies in a freezer in the defendants homeCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
It is thought the freezer had been bought to store the bodies, jurors heard
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It is thought the freezer had been bought to store the bodies, jurors heardCredit: Vickie Flores
The mum-of-two vanished in 2018 after allegedly being seen with the defendant
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The mum-of-two vanished in 2018 after allegedly being seen with the defendant