Sabita Thanwani: Man accused of murder goes before Old Bailey

Sabita Thanwani

Sabita Thanwani - Credit: Met Police

The man accused of murdering student Sabita Thanwani has appeared at the Old Bailey to face the charge.

Maher Maaroufe is alleged to have fatally attacked the 19-year-old City, University of London student in Clerkenwell on Saturday (March 19).

The 22-year-old defendant appeared at the Old Bailey today - March 24 - before Judge Mark Lucraft QC.

Maaroufe, of no fixed address, was assisted by an Arabic interpreter as he confirmed his identity.

The judge remanded the accused in custody until his next appearance at the same court on June 30.

On the night Sabita was killed, the pair reportedly arrived at her university accommodation in Sebastian Street at about 1.50am.

A neighbour alerted emergency services after hearing screams coming from her room.

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Police found Sabita lying beneath blankets and a duvet on the floor with a serious neck injury.

She was sadly pronounced dead at the scene at 6am.

A post-mortem examination confirmed the cause of death as sharp force trauma to the neck.

Maaroufe was arrested on Sunday - and subsequently charged with the murder and with assaulting an emergency worker the following day (Monday, March 21).