Man accused of killing women, storing them in freezer as jury considers verdict

A jury has retired to consider its verdicts in the trial of a man who is accused of murdering two vulnerable women and storing their bodies in a freezer.

Zahid Younis, 36, known as Boxer, is accused of murdering Hungarian national Henriett Szucs and mother-of-three Mihrican "Jan" Mustafa.

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 Vandome Close, 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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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 admits putting the women in his freezer but denies double murder. He has previously pleaded guilty to preventing the lawful and decent burial of both women.

Younis accepts that Ms Szucs died at his flat but insists 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 say there is no convincing evidence that Younis killed or was present when either woman died and the case against him is circumstantial.

There is no forensic evidence against him or that he had the motivation to cause anyone serious injury, the defence say.

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 say 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.

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