Indian woman murdered in London student flat

LONDON : Scotland Yard has arrested a Tunisian national suspected of murdering and assaulting a British woman of Indian origin at her student accommodation in London.

Sabita Thanwani, a 19-year-old British national, was found with serious neck injuries in student flats at Arbor House in London’s Clerkenwell area on Saturday.

The Metropolitan Police have issued an urgent appeal for a 22-year-old man, Maher Maaroufe, who they believe had had a relationship with Thanwani. The wanted suspect was finally arrested by officers on Sunday in the same area of ​​Clerkenwell where the victim’s body was discovered the day before.

“I want to thank everyone for going public and sharing our call to find Maaroufe,” said Chief Detective Inspector Linda Bradley, of the Met Police’s specialist crime unit which leads the investigation. ‘investigation.

“Sabita’s family has been informed of this development and continues to be supported by specially trained officers. Our deepest condolences are with them. I would ask everyone to respect their privacy at this indescribably devastating time for them as they come to terms with Sabita’s murder,” she said.

Earlier Met Police said that although formal identification remains pending, Thanwani’s family had been notified ahead of a special post-mortem examination which was to be arranged in due course.

“Maaroufe had been in a relationship with Sabita but he was not a student. He is a Tunisian national with no fixed address,” Detective Bradley said in a public appeal in the case.

In a direct appeal to the suspect, she added: “I also call, once again, on Maher Maaroufe to report immediately to the police station. Maher – I appeal to you directly: if you see this, please go to the nearest police station. It’s important that we speak with you.”

Thanwani was studying at City, University of London, and was said to have been with Maaroufe on Friday.

“As this remains an ongoing police incident, we are unable to comment on their investigation,” said a spokesperson for Unite Students, which runs Arbor House student accommodation.

“Our priority at this time is the safety and well-being of students at Arbor House. We work closely with the police and the City, University of London,” the spokesperson said.

A City, University of London spokesperson also said it was working closely with Unite Students.

“As a university, we will do everything we can to support our students and staff and we will continue to fully support the police in their investigation,” a university spokesperson said.

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