United Kingdom

Danyal Hussein murder trial: Friend of Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry give evidence in court

A friend of two sisters who were allegedly killed by a man who had 'signed a contract with a demon' today said her 'heart sank' after she found a 'mangled' pair of glasses belonging to one of the women.

Nina Esmat had partied with Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, in Fryent Country Park, before they were attacked and killed in June last year.

She and other friends had spent the day with the sisters as they celebrated Ms Henry's birthday in the park, in Wembley, north-west London.

It is alleged that, after the friends dispersed, Danyal Hussein, 19, who was a stranger to the two women, stabbed Ms Henry and Ms Smallman to death.

Their bodies were found lying under a hedgerow nearby the following day. Hussein, of London, denies murder and is on trial at the Old Bailey.

Today the court heard from Ms Esmat, who had earlier in the day been the first to join the sisters’ party at a picnic spot laid out with blankets, cushions and fairy lights.

But she said the 'lovely get together' turned to 'dread' when she spoke to friends after hearing the pair had not returned home that night.

Ms Esmat was one of a group of friends who went to the park the following today in the hope of finding the sisters.

She told the court: 'For half an hour I rode my bike around looking for where she was.

‘I didn’t know what I was doing to be honest, it was very surreal. Adam (another friend) and I found each other, I think at that point I noticed her glasses.

‘I saw them glinting in the sun, my heart sank, I knew that she just wouldn’t have left them behind.'

Danyal Hussein, 19, is alleged to have stabbed and killed Ms Henry and Ms Smallman in Fryent Country Park in Wembley in June last year

Nina Esmat had partied with Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, (pictured on the night they were killed) in Fryent Country Park, before they were attacked and killed in June last year

The knife similar to the one allegedly bought by Danyal Hussein in Asda in Colindale prior to the death of Nicole Smallman and Henry Bibaa

Symbols, inscriptions and other documents were also recovered by officers - and shown as part to jurors today

She described the glasses as ‘mangled’ and told the court.

‘I think I remember seeing a long line of flattened grass. I’m not sure whether I thought that was big at the time.’

Ms Esmat called police who told her to take the glasses to a nearby police station.

‘He just said to me “I don’t know what to do", I said “if you can bear it just keep looking".

She drove to two police stations, which were both closed, before speaking to officers at Wembley Police Station.

‘I had contact with Adam, unfortunately with Covid they have this system, you walk towards the desk and the door closes.

‘After some time I could hear their radios talking about dogs.

‘I was really, really worried. At that point Adam had texted me to say “I have found them, they’re gone”. 

An image of Bibaa and Nicole and their friends taken on Bibaa's phone before the tragedy. The pair were found dead at Fryern Country Park - where they had been with their friends - the following day

 The teenager was caught on CCTV in a nearby supermarket buying a knife, which was allegedly used in the deaths of the two sisters

'I knew what he meant but I did not want to believe it. I did reply "what do you mean they are gone?"

'He said "they are dead".'

Ms Esmat had earlier told the court that she, the two sisters, and other friends had enjoyed a 'lovely to get together' at the park.

'It was a beautiful evening, amazing view, amazing sunset,' she told the court.

'We were all taking pictures remarking on the sky at night.'

Ms Esmat was one of the last to leave at around 11.45pm, while the sisters stayed on, the court heard.

She told jurors: 'I had the impression they were not going to stay long. It felt a safe space.'

Afterwards, Ms Esmat texted Ms Henry by WhatsApp to ask about her evening and sent her some photographs from the party but heard nothing back.

She said: 'I thought it was strange but it didn't worry me too much. I didn't feel that worried.

'The next morning her cousin messaged me and as soon as I heard her voice I knew something was wrong. I was filled with dread.'

She told jurors that the sisters' mother was really worried because they had not returned home.

Ms Esmat joined another concerned friend, Adam Stone, to search the park.  It was Mr Stone who later found the bodies before texting Ms Esmat.

On Friday, jurors in the trial were shown the pictures of the blood pact signed by Hussein, who had offered the devil 'six sacrifices every six months'.  

The blood-pact signed by Danyal Hussein, 19. The teenager is facing a murder trial over the deaths of sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman who were found dead in London last year

Danyal's signature, written in his own blood, was shown to a court today as part of the trial

A jury was also shown the lottery tickets purchased by Danyal that were found by police in his room

PC Lindsay Barnet told jurors she found a number of folded coloured file dividers with symbols drawn on them on a shelf underneath the television in Hussein's bedroom at his mother's house in Lewisham. 

Alongside his six offerings, the 19-year-old had promised to build a temple to 'mighty King Lucifug Rofocale' in exchange for 'fruitful rewards' and his freedom.

The signature at the bottom of the agreement was allegedly signed off by Danyal in his own blood, a court heard today.

Pictures of the three lottery tickets the teenager purchased, alongside drawings of symbols found in his room, were also shown to the court as part of the murder trial.

Hussein was arrested at his mother's house in Eltham, South London in the early hours of July 1 last year.

The court heard Ms Henry, a social worker, had been stabbed eight times and Ms Smallman, who worked in the hospitality industry, had suffered 28 injuries.

When the sisters' bodies were discovered by a horrified friend on June 7, Hussein's blood and DNA was found on their bodies and various items including the tonic bottle.

The last CCTV footage of the sisters showed them entering the park on 7:39PM, carrying a number of bags including a heavy duty blue plastic bag.

The bodies of Nicole Smallman (right), 27, and Bibaa Henry (left), 46, were found intertwined and concealed in a hedgerow, the court was told

CCTV footage shows Bibaa and Nicole heading into the Kingsbury Co-op store

Danyal Hussein (sketched in the dock by a court artist) appearing in the dock at the Old Bailey, London, where he is on trial accused of killing sisters Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry

Hussein's DNA and that of Ms Smallman was found on the knife, which was identical to one the man had bought in a set from Asda.

His blood was also found in the undergrowth near to the bodies of the two women, on drinks bottles from the party and on a pair of latex gloves discarded at the park.

Hussein was caught on CCTV returning to his home at 4am on the Saturday morning.

Later that day he went to Northwick Park hospital to seek treatment for cuts to his right hand and told doctors that he had been mugged at 10pm the night before.

Hussein, of Blackheath, southeast London, denies two counts of murder and possessing a knife.

The trial continues. 

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