In a statement Metropolitan Police confirmed that “A man has been charged with two counts of preventing the lawful and decent burial of a dead body. Younis is due to appear at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, May 2nd.”

Police made the shocking discovery on Friday morning, after being called to a ground floor flat in the Canning Town area amid concerns for the welfare of a “male occupant”, and are still carrying out investigations at the property.

© Dominic Lipinski - PA Forensics officers are still at the scene in east London
© Dominic Lipinski – PA Forensics officers are still at the scene in east London

Post-mortem examinations will begin on both women could take days as the crime scene is “one of the most challenging and complex” ever seen.

“It’s such an unusual scene. I haven’t really seen something like this where the nature of the two bodies being frozen as they are. They are clothed, which I can say, and that’s also causing a complexity to it as we wait to start a post-mortem.”

“They were in a chest freezer. One body on top of the other. Being in a chest freezer anyway has caused the bodies to fuse.”

© Dominic Lipinski-PA DCI Harding appealed for anyone who has visited the flat in Vandome Close in the past year, or knows anyone who has, to come forward
© Dominic Lipinski-PA DCI Harding appealed for anyone who has visited the flat in Vandome Close in the past year, or knows anyone who has, to come forward

DCI Harding could not say whether the pair were adults and said DNA testing is under way as detectives work with the National Crime Agency and missing persons groups to find out who they are. “We could be a week away from identifying them,” he said.

Fears have been mounting that one of the women found dead is Mary Jane Mustafa, a 38-year-old mother of two who went missing last May and has not been heard from by her family.