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Murder in student flats: Victim named as Sabita Thanwani as manhunt continues

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Sabita Thanwani was 19 years old (Met Police/PA)

Police have named the victim of a murder at student accommodation in central London as 19-year-old Sabita Thanwani.

Officers were called to Arbor House, in Sebastian Street, Clerkenwell, at around 5.10am on Saturday to report that Ms Thanwani, a student and British citizen, had been injured.

They attended along with medics to discover that she had sustained serious neck injuries but, despite their efforts, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The police have since started a manhunt for Maher Maaroufe, 22, a Tunisian citizen with no fixed address, who was in a relationship with Ms. Thanwani and is believed to have been with her that night.

Police are trying to find Maher Maaroufe (Metropolitan Police/PA) (PA Wire)

Police are trying to find Maher Maaroufe (Metropolitan Police/PA) (PA Wire)

Officers said that anyone who sees Mr. Maaroufe should not approach him but should call 999 immediately.

Detective Chief Inspector Linda Bradley, who is leading the investigation, said: “I reiterate our urgent request for information to trace 22-year-old Maher Maaroufe.

“He went all over London, particularly in the Marble Arch, Edgware Road and Lewisham areas. It is also known that she travels to Cambridgeshire.

“One of the images we posted shows Maaroufe with dark hair, a mustache and a beard. She now has a shaved head and little facial hair.

“Maaroufe had been in a relationship with Sabita but she was not a student. He is a Tunisian citizen with no fixed address.

The scene in Sebastian Street, Clerkenwell, London, where an inquest was launched following the death of 19-year-old Sabita Thanwani (PA) (PA Wire)

The scene in Sebastian Street, Clerkenwell, London, where an inquest was launched following the death of 19-year-old Sabita Thanwani (PA) (PA Wire)

“Officers are investigating to trace those who had contact with him, but I would ask anyone who knew him who has not yet spoken to police to reach out.

“I would again ask the public not to approach him if they see him, but to call 999.

“I also ask, once again, that Maher Maaroufe go to a police station immediately. Maher- I appeal to him directly: if he sees this, go to the nearest police station. It’s important that we talk to you.”

Information on his whereabouts can be given to police officers via 101 or @MetCC and cite CAD 1252/19MAR22, or Op Worlington.


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