Henriett Szucs and Mihrican Mustafa

Henriett Szucs and Mihrican Mustafa were both vulnerable women who were murdered by Zahid Younis. Younis had a criminal history stretching back several years and was a registered sex offender who had previously been jailed for sexual activity with a child. He was known to police, who would check up on him from time to time. During his trial, several other victims of his came forwards to testify against him and paint a picture of the violent character he was. 

Henriett had been trafficked to the UK, and was an extremely vulnerable person. She had been forced into prostitution by a previous partner and had been subjected to extreme sexual and physical violence before she met Younis. 

After she met him, she was moved to a safe house for vulnerable women, but would repeatedly go missing for extended periods of time. She then informed the organisation she would be going to live with her boyfriend. But Younis refused to provide his address, and so no-one knew where Henriett went. She was a vulnerable individual, and yet too often her ‘disappearance’ is viewed as an event that no-one could have prevented:

Younis did have an extensive criminal history; the police were duty bound to ask him about his sexual relationships because of his history of sexual offences. 

Mihrican Mustafa, known as Jan, went missing in 2018. She had problems with drug addiction and was known to be associated with Younis. When she was reported missing by her family, they were appalled by the police investigation, which appeared to skip over much of the evidence. Her family attempted to conduct their own investigation and raise media coverage themselves. 

In the end, the police only discovered the women’s bodies by accident, after he was reported missing by an elderly Christian woman who he was defrauding of money. They visited his flat and discovered the evidence of his crimes. 

Clearly, Younis was dangerous, but it appears that he was not monitored as he should have been. Nevertheless, there seem to have been repeated attempts to justify throughout his trial why he ‘slipped through the net’:

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