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A devil-obsessed "Ripper" is facing the rest of his life behind bars for killing one woman and attacking two more in a violent four-hour spree.

On Friday, Sengendo was found guilty of seven charges, including murder, attempted murder, kidnap, and rape.

judge john hillen congratulated the police for their "outstanding" work to catch a potential serial killer before he could strike again.

"this is, to use a journalist vernacular, a ripper case where an offender has been caught."

He kidnapped vulnerable women by "tricking" them into his Vauxhall van.

Sexual predator Brian Sengendo fatally beat and stabbed Therasia Gordon, 44, then dumped her body in woods in Enfield, north London, last August.

During the trial, the jury head Sengendo, who had a collection of Tarot cards, was recorded on his mobile phone talking about devils and demons, and told one victim "repeat after me, I'm the Devil's child" as he forced her into a sex act.

Brian Sengendo's van. He kidnapped vulnerable women by 'tricking' them into his Vauxhall van

He has left a big hole in my heart."

"the utmost dignity" throughout the trial and he hoped she has some small comfort knowing that her daughter's killer will spend most of his life behind bars.

we commend their bravery in speaking to us and providing the evidence that was "we must not forget the other women who suffered at sengendo's hands.

earlier the same night, the 26-year-old delivery driver targeted two other vulnerable women in the area, the old bailey was told.

Therasia Gordon, 44, was fatally beat and stabbed, then dumped in woods in Enfield, north London

He said : "Through effective police work ... it may well be a serial killer has been caught on day one.

Adjourning sentencing to March 18, the judge said the starting point would be 30 years but he would be considering a whole life order, meaning Sengendo would never be released.

During the trial, prosecutor John Price QC had told jurors that Sengendo carried out the attacks of "escalating gravity" over less than four hours on the night of August 3 last year.

mr price said : "he pretended to be a potential client, whereas in truth, no sooner had they got in and shut the door, this man had something very different in mind."

police first became aware after an officer went to the aid of an injured woman seen stumbling in the road just after midnight on august.

holding her bleeding neck, the woman was shouting :' i have been stabbed, can someone please help me ?"

She told the officer : "I am a prostitute and my client stabbed me, then threw my mobile phone in the bush."

a resident of new park avenue called police shortly before 1am to report an assault in an alleyway behind his house.

He had heard a female voice shouting out "Help, please, no !"

and saw a young man striking something inside a van, the court heard.

When police arrived, the van had gone but officers found a large pool of blood on the ground, a mobile phone and two bloodstained knives, jurors heard.

the phone was found to belong to ms gordon and police circulated her details as a "high-risk missing person".

just under 32 hours later, a woman out for a morning walk along burnt farm ride, near the m25, saw what she thought was a "life-size doll" among trees.

a day later, early on august 6, a cyclist stopped and took a closer look, and realised it was a woman.

He believed she must be dead and so he telephoned the police.

"it was immediately obvious from the outward appearance of her body that ms gordon had suffered a violent death.

From nearby CCTV cameras, police identified a white Vauxhall Vivaro van which was linked to the defendant's former address in Enfield.

sengendo was arrested in the early hours of august 7 last year and told police in interview that he was "confused" but did not answer questions.

However, police found his blood-soaked trainers and Tarot cards in an empty flat next to the defendant's home.

the second phone revealed searches for "dead girl in enfield" and "how long does dna last' in the days between the murder and the discovery of the body.

sengendo claimed a man called "kt" who he met through his work as a yodel delivery driver must have taken the t-shirt and the spare keys to his van.

He denied all the charges against him, saying he believed in the Devil like any Christian would.

'Devastating impact' Detective Chief Inspector Neil John, who led the investigation, said Ms Gordon's murder has had a "devastating impact on her family, not least her mum, Jan".

The jury was discharged from reaching verdicts on two other counts of kidnap and threatening with a knife in relation to a fourth woman.

Sengendo's T-shirt was recovered from the scene of Ms Gordon's attack.

Further examination also revealed the video in which he had forced one of his victims to perform oral sex.

following the guilty verdicts, the prosecution indicated the crown would not seek a retrial on the outstanding counts

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