Devil-obsessed ‘Ripper’ risks life behind bars for horrifying series of murders and rapes

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January 21, 2022, 6:34 PM

Sengendo risks life behind bars for Mrs. Gordon’s murder.

Photo: Metropolitan Police


A devil-obsessed “Ripper” stabbed a woman to death before dumping her body in the woods, then attacked two vulnerable people in a frenzy of horror.

Delivery driver Brian Sengendo, described by prosecutors as ‘depraved’, beat and murdered Therasia Gordon, 44, before trying to hide her body in Enfield, north London, in August last year.

The 26-year-old said he forced one of his victims into a sexual act and told her “repeat after me, I’m the devil’s child”.

Sengendo, who was recorded talking about devils and demons on his phone and who had a collection of tarot cards, was found guilty of seven counts.

These included murders, attempted murders, kidnappings and rapes linked to a series of crimes that unfolded over four hours.

Jurors were discharged from returning verdicts on two counts of kidnapping and stabbing a fourth woman.

Judge John Hillen said ‘efficient’ police work may have resulted in ‘a serial killer [being] caught on the first day”.

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Sengendo was found guilty of murder and rape

Sengendo was found guilty of murder and rape.

Photo: Metropolitan Police


Praising the police, he said: “This is, to use journalistic vernacular, a Ripper case where an offender was initially arrested.

“This is an extreme case where there was attempted murder, actual murder and rape of sex workers.”

Sengendo, who faces life imprisonment, will be sentenced in March.

Ms Gordon’s mother Jan said: “I still think about what Therasia must have been through when she died. Listening to the evidence in court was heartbreaking.

“One of the things that pops into my head is evidence that one of the witnesses could hear her moaning, I can’t get the idea out of my head that she’s in pain because of her hands.

“I don’t understand why this man made my family experience Theresia’s murder day after day through a long and difficult trial at the Crown Court. He knew what he had done but continued to hurt my family.

“As a family, we will never get over the fact that I lost a daughter and they lost their brother. I will never accept what this person did to my child. He left a big void in my heart. “

Jurors heard how Sengendo’s four-hour series of attacks escalated on August 3. He kidnapped women by getting them into his van, posing as a “potential client”.

Police were alerted after an officer helped an injured woman found tripping in the road just after midnight on August 4.

She said she was a prostitute who had been stabbed. About an hour later, police were called to New Park Avenue after a resident reported an assault in an alley near his home.

He heard a woman scream “help, please, no” and saw a man hitting something in a van, jurors were told.

Therasia Gordon was murdered by Sengendo

Therasia Gordon was murdered by Sengendo.

Photo: Metropolitan Police


Police arrived to find that the van was missing but a large pool of blood was on the ground. A mobile and two bloodstained knives were also discovered.

The phone was discovered to belong to Ms Gordon, a sex worker. His body was discovered by a cyclist traveling near Burnt Farm Ride near the M25 motorway on August 6.

John Price QC, prosecuting, told the court: ‘It was immediately apparent from the outward appearance of her body that Mrs Gordon had suffered a violent death. She had been stabbed and beaten.

Police linked the van to Sengendo’s former address in Enfield, and he was arrested but said he was ‘confused’ so did not answer questions – but officers found coaches soaked in blood and tarot cards in an empty apartment next to his home,

His t-shirt was found where Ms Gordon was attacked, while another victim’s saliva was found on the shirt.

Examination of one phone found video of it forcing a victim to perform oral sex, while another phone was used to search the web for ‘Dead girl in Enfield’ and ‘How long does it last? ‘DNA’.

Sengendo claimed that a man called “KT” must have taken the t-shirt and spare keys to his van. He said he believed in the devil as any Christian would.

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