In court, haunting photographs of dancing sisters on the night they died were exhibited.
In court, haunting photographs of two sisters smiling and dancing the night before they were cruelly stabbed to death in a park were shown.
Danyal Hussein, 19, is accused of stabbing Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, multiple times after reportedly attempting to form a blood covenant with a demon to kill women in exchange for winning the jackpot.
On Thursday, the sisters’ mother, Mina Smallman, averted her gaze as jurors examined some of her daughters’ final photographs.
On June 5 of last year, the sisters appeared to be in good spirits as they prepared for a party in Fryent Country Park in Wembley to celebrate Ms Henry’s birthday.
Before travelling to the park in Ms Henry’s purple Audi, Ms Smallman danced a jig and spoke with a clerk at a Co-op in Kingbury where they bought picnic supplies.
Ms Henry was seen walking into the park with a big blue bag before the other guests arrived.
The sisters were shown dancing and having a good time in photos shot at the party, according to the jury.
The women waited after their friends had left and snapped three additional selfies early on June 6.
However, in the last image, taken sometime after 1 a.m., the sisters looked to be preoccupied by something off to the left, which was out of shot.
Hussein is accused of launching a vicious attack shortly after, stabbing Ms Henry eight times and Ms Smallman 28 times before dragging them into a thicket.
The defendant was allegedly recorded on camera heading into the park earlier in the day and then returning to his father’s house without his trousers on after 4 a.m.
Concerned friends discovered the sisters’ deaths, along with a bloody knife, on June 7 of last year.
A bottle of tonic water purchased at the Co-op by the sisters was discovered abandoned in a bush nearby, jurors were told.
The blood on the bottle was said to match Hussein’s DNA.
Jurors were also shown surveillance footage of Hussein reportedly purchasing a set of knives. (This is a brief piece.)