A convicted sex offender has been handed a life sentence after murdering two women and stuffing their bodies inside a freezer at his flat.
Zahid Younis, 36, was given a minimum term of 38 years for killing Hungarian national Henriett Szucs, 34, and mother -of-three Mihrican “Jan” Mustafa, 38.
The killer refused to leave the cell at Southwark Crown Court for the sentencing.
The judge, Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb, said: “It will surprise no-one in this room that the defendant has declined to attend his sentence, while he sits in the cells below, but I will address these remarks to him so when he has the courage to read them he will understand why the court has reached the conclusion it has.”
She branded Younis an “arch-deceiver”, calling him a “heartless man and a narcissist”.
“You have preyed upon the vulnerable with superficial charm,” the judge said.
“You have been convicted by the strong prosecution case. Not only were the bodies of two women found in your home, hidden in a locked freezer purchased for that purpose, they showed signs of violence which you failed to explain.”
The judge said Younis had “robbed” his victims of “all happiness in life and dignity in death,” and said: “You have no remorse.”
Ms Szucs vanished in August 2016 and Ms Mustafa went missing in May 2018.
Their bodies were found inside a small, padlocked, chest freezer in Younis’s flat in Vandome Close, Canning Town, in east London on April 27 last year.
Younis, known as “Boxer”, admitted putting the women in the freezer and pleaded guilty to two counts of preventing the lawful and decent burial of a body.
He denied two counts of murder but was found guilty of both charges by a jury at Southwark Crown Court on Thursday after 16 hours and six minutes of deliberations.
Younis showed no emotion as the verdicts were read out while members of Ms Mustafa’s large family, who attended every day of the three-week trial, said “yes” in the public gallery.
Her older sister, Mel Mustafa, said: “Thank you God, thank you.”
Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding, of the Metropolitan Police, said: “Zahid Younis is a particularly dangerous and what I would describe as a repugnant individual who preys on vulnerable women in particular and abuses them, brings them into his control and causes them significant injury.”
Younis married a 14-year-old girl in an Islamic ceremony at a mosque in Walthamstow, east London, in 2004.
He was eventually jailed for two-and-a-half years for assaulting the teenager and unlawful sexual activity with a child and was put on the sex offenders’ register.
Younis was later sentenced to four years and 11 months imprisonment for two counts of wounding and one of assault occasioning actual bodily harm following an abusive relationship with a 17-year-old girl, which started in 2007 after his release from jail.