LONDON (AP) — A 19-year-old British man obsessed with demons was sentenced Thursday to serve at least 35 years in prison for murdering two sisters, in the belief that the killings would help him win a lottery jackpot.
Judge Philippa Whipple sentenced Danyal Hussein in the stabbing deaths of Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, who had gathered for a birthday celebration at Fryent Country Park in June 2020.
Prosecutors said Hussein, who did not know the victims, had pledged to kill six women every six months in order to win the Mega Millions Super Jackpot lottery. They said the suspect was obsessed with demons and spells, and had signed a pact in his blood with a mythical figure he called King Lucifuge Rofocale.
“I am sure you performed these murders as part of that bargain for wealth and power,” Whipple said in delivering the sentence. “You committed these vicious attacks. You did it to kill. You did it for money and a misguided pursuit of power.”
Hussein, who was appearing virtuall