Mother whose murdered body was found in freezer had written to Jeremy Kyle asking for help to get clean from drugs
- Mihrican ‘Jan’ Mustafa was found dead at killer Zahid Younis’ flat in April 2019
- The body of Henriett Szucs, 34, was also discovered in the freezer in east London
- Now it has emerged drug addict Mihrican had penned a note to former ITV star
- Younis, a convicted sex offender, was last week jailed for life for the murders
A mother whose murdered body was found in a freezer had written to Jeremy Kyle asking for help to get clean from drugs.
Mihrican ‘Jan’ Mustafa, 38, was found dead in the padlocked unit alongside Henriett Szucs, 34, at the east London flat of their killer, Zahid Younis.
The pair had been not been seen for months before their remains were found in April 2019 at the deserted home in Canning Town.
Younis, a convicted sex offender, was jailed for life last week.
Now it has emerged that Mihrican, who spiralled into drug addiction and was preyed upon by Younis, had penned a letter to the former ITV star hoping for help, but never actually sent the note.
Mihrican Mustafa, pictured, whose murdered body was found in a freezer had written to Jeremy Kyle asking for help to get clean from drugs, it has emerged
Now it has emerged that Mihrican, who spiralled into drug addiction and was preyed upon by Younis, had penned a letter to the former ITV star, pictured, hoping for help, but never actually sent the note
Convicted sex offender Zahid Younis, 35, was last week found guilty of murdering two women whose bodies were found stuffed inside a freezer in his flat in Canning Town, East London
Devastated sister Mel Mustafa, who found the letter among Mihrican’s diaries, told the Mirror: ‘All she writes in her diary is she wants rehab. She begged and begged and begged for someone to help her.
‘She even wrote to Jeremy Kyle for help but she never posted it.
‘I tried to get her help and even arranged two rehab appointments.’
Relatives say mother-of-three Mihrican got caught up in the world of drugs after she became unable to continue receiving housing benefit and ended up losing her home.
She had been working a number of part-time jobs, including with high street retailers TK Maxx and New Look as well as West Ham United Football Club, and also taught dance classes.
However, her life unravelled quickly and she and her children were forced to move back in with her mother near Canning Town, where she ended up making friends with ‘the wrong crowd’ and becoming hooked on drugs.
When police caught up with Younis, who was jailed for a minimum of 38 years last week, they found the bodies had been frozen for so long that they had become fused together.
Bodycam footage released by Scotland Yard showed police officers searching the flat before they made the grim discovery in April last year, with one detective heard saying: ‘There’s a freezer here I want to get into but it’s locked.’
The manipulative killer has a history of abusing women and was previously jailed for getting a child bride pregnant when she was 14 after marrying her in a mosque.
He showed no emotion as the verdicts were read out while members of Ms Mustafa’s family, who attended every day of the three-week trial, said ‘yes’ in the public gallery.
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’, adding: ‘You have preyed upon the vulnerable with superficial charm.
‘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.’
The body of Henriett Szucs, picured, was also discovered in the padlocked freezer in east London
Mihrican Mustafa’s cousin Ayse Hussein, niece Zeyhal Ozulku, sister Mel Mustafa, Jade and Kazim Salih speak outside Southwark Crown Court, south London, today
How the double murderer preyed on vulnerable women
Double murderer Zahid Younis has a history of preying on the vulnerable.
Both of the women he murdered and left in a freezer had led somewhat chaotic lives – they had been homeless at times and had struggled with drugs. They were easy to manipulate.
Investigating officer 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.’
He described Younis’s life as ‘a pattern of lies’, adding: ‘He is a person who uses drugs and would manipulate and lie to people to get money.’
Younis, 36, murdered Hungarian national Henriett Szucs, 34, and mother-of-three Mihrican ‘Jan’ Mustafa, 38.
Ms Szucs had last been seen in August 2016 and Ms Mustafa in May 2018. Their bodies were found in a padlocked freezer with flies swarming around it at Younis’s flat in Vandome Close, Canning Town, in April 2019.
The grim discovery was made by a uniformed police officer who had only gone to the flat in search of Younis after he had been reported as missing.
DCI Harding said the freezer was forced open by one of the officers on ‘an old-fashioned police hunch’ about what was inside it.
He said: ‘He broke open the freezer and discovered what could only be seen, at the time, as only one body.
‘It actually took the freezer being taken away and X-rayed for it to be seen there was another body underneath that. It was a gruesome discovery for the officers.’
The ‘horrendous scenes’ faced by his team, who are trained for their jobs, is nothing compared to the ‘bravery’ of the victims’ families whose ordeal has spanned, not just their loved ones’ disappearance and killing but now also this court case, he said.
Members of Ms Mustafa’s large family have been at the trial at London’s Southwark Crown Court every day and Younis showed no remorse as he denied murdering them.
DCI Harding said: ‘It is incomprehensible to imagine what the families are going through.
‘They have been incredibly brave throughout this entire ordeal. It is an ordeal in court listening to his lies. It is hard to listen if you are a family member to hear what he is saying about your daughter, sister or mum.’
DCI Harding described Ms Szucs as someone who had been in abusive relationships before and was then preyed upon by Younis.
She moved in with him and Younis denied having a long-term relationship with her but ‘we have shown that she was really in love with him in her own way,’ DCI Harding said.
‘She wrote him letters that we found. Unfortunately to him, she did not mean anything. She was just another person that he was abusing physically and mentally, resulting in her death 10 months after she met him.’
Younis waited a year before he told anybody including the police or prosecution exactly what his defence was. He waited until all the evidence had been served.
Then he came up with his ‘story’ which included blaming someone as having helped him put the bodies in the freezer even though they were in prison at the time, DCI Harding noted.
The court heard that Younis has several previous convictions for assaulting partners.
When he was 17, Younis was controlling, violent and overbearing towards his then-girlfriend, including waiting outside her house and escorting her everywhere.
In 2004 he married a 14-year-old in an Islamic ceremony at a mosque in Walthamstow, east London. He was eventually jailed for 30 months for assaulting the teenager and unlawful sexual activity with a child and was put on the sex offenders’ register.
The prosecution said that in 2007, following his release from prison, Younis got into a relationship with a 17-year-old girl whose father had recently died.
The jury heard the violence began with slaps, before escalating into punches and kicks, leaving the teenager with large bruises.
The girl’s family eventually tricked Younis into allowing her to leave the home they shared, following an assault that fractured her arm in three places.
He was later sentenced to four years and 11 months for two counts of wounding and one of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Younis refused to leave his cell to be sentenced, with his barrister Icah Peart QC telling Southwark Crown Court: ‘I have been downstairs to speak to him to try to persuade him to return to court. He feels unable to do so.’
Police visited him at the tiny one-bedroom flat he rented as a registered sex offender in 2016, not knowing the body of Ms Szucs was entombed in ice yards away.
The flat was in a mess and they left without interviewing Younis after he told the officers he was using a bucket as a makeshift toilet.
Hungarian prostitute Ms Szucs disappeared after moving in with Younis and was last seen alive with him in the summer of 2016.
Ms Mustafa had also been visiting Younis before she disappeared in May 2018. Police only found their bodies when he fled the flat and was reported missing in April 2019.
They had to crowbar open the locked freezer, which had been hidden in the electricity meter cupboard, and found the two bodies which were decomposing rapidly after the electricity was cut off.
Both victims had suffered appalling injuries including multiple broken ribs. Ms Mustafa had suffered a fractured larynx and Ms Szucs’s skull had been fractured.
Younis tried to hijack his trial by firing his lawyer, demanding more time to review case documents and shouting abuse from the dock.
But the jury a Southwark Crown Court in London convicted him of two counts of murder this afternoon after deliberating for 16 hours and six minutes.
Younis, who has flower tattoos on both sides of his neck, had abused girlfriends for many years and left one partner with a broken arm in 2007.
He married a 13-year-old girl in a Walthamstow mosque when he was 20 and admitted unlawful sexual activity with a child the following year in 2005 when she fell pregnant.
Younis also admitted common assault after he put the teenager in a headlock to drag her out of a supermarket.
She was introduced to him when she was 12 and they began a sexual relationship when she was 13.
A year later they were married in an Islamic ceremony at the mosque.
Younis was given 30 months for having sex with her in 2005 and in 2008 he was jailed for breaking the arm of another teenage lover in three places.
He was sentenced to nearly five years in jail after admitting two counts of wounding and one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm against the 17-year-old.
Younis left her covered in bruises and isolated from her friends while threatening to set her family home on fire if she confided in anyone about the abuse.
Another girlfriend who went on to have his child was locked in an airing cupboard for hours by Younis.
He also imprisoned her in a telephone box when she tried to call her mother and threatened to throw her in front of a train.
Both of his murder victims were vulnerable women ‘living somewhat chaotic lives’ characterised by periods of homelessness and addiction to class A drugs.
Before she died neighbours had seen Ms Szucs at the flat with a badly bruised face and heard ‘disturbing noises’ coming from the flat.
She had been forced to convert to Islam by Younis but wrote to him begging forgiveness for doubting him saying: ‘I got disillusioned just because of some slaps to the face.’
Neighbours also saw Ms Mustafa with marks around her neck but Younis claimed she had been drinking too much and tried to kill him.
Bodycam material played to the court showed PC Omar Naeem shining a torch through Younis’ abandoned flat to find the locked freezer with a zimmer frame on top of it.
The officer could be heard saying: ‘Wait, there’s a foot there,’ to his colleague before bodies came into view.
Younis claimed Ms Szucs died mysteriously on his sofa and said two men, called Ted Jolley and Tommy Farmer, turned up outside his home with Ms Mustafa’s corpse stuffed in a wheelie bin.
He said they told him to burn Ms Mustafa’s body and dispose of her clothes off Southend Pier in Essex.
He also said he was out when Ms Szucs died at his flat and did not tell police because he was ‘panicking’. He told jurors he did not kill Ms Mustafa and did not know how she died.
Younis also said he paid a man to help him get Ms Szucs’s body into the freezer and that his accomplice later blackmailed him into putting Ms Mustafa’s corpse in the same place.
Duncan Penny, QC, prosecuting, slammed the double killer for telling ‘fairy tales’ and told him: ‘You were responsible for those deaths and the stories about these two characters, with all these elaborations, is nothing more than that. It is a story. It is a yarn. It is a tall tale.’
Mr Penny told jurors: ‘The sad truth in this appalling case is that just like those who survived and who spoke of their experience at the hands of Younis, Henriett Szucs and Mihrican Mustafa were the victims of Zahid Younis.
‘They were murdered by him and their bodies were treated with the same disrespect and indignity by him.
‘He will not face up to what he has done because he has demonstrated in this process, and let’s face it, over the years, because he is capable only of thinking of himself and capable of going to any length to protect himself.’
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