Boyfriend ‘murdered student in university halls before head-butting police officer during arrest’

Boyfriend, 23, ‘murdered psychology student in her university accommodation before head-butting police officer as he was arrested the next day’

  • Maher Maroufe, 23, allegedly killed Sabita Thanwani on March 19 this year 
  • He is accused of murdering the student in student accommodation in London
  • Maroufe is also accused of assaulting a police officer during arrest the next day

A man accused of the murder of a 19-year-old student in her central London student accommodation appeared in court today. 

Maher Maroufe, 23, allegedly killed Sabita Thanwani on March 19 this year at Arbour House, Sebastian Street, in Clerkenwell.

Ms Thanwani was studying psychology at City University of London, which is near to the student accommodation where she died.

Maroufe is also accused of assaulting police officer James Preston by head-butting him during his arrest the following day.

19-year-old student Sabita Thanwani was studying at City of London University, near to the accommodation where she died

19-year-old student Sabita Thanwani was studying at City of London University, near to the accommodation where she died 

Maher Maaroufe, 23, is believed to have been in a relationship with Ms Thanwani

Maher Maaroufe, 23, is believed to have been in a relationship with Ms Thanwani

The Metropolitan Police were called to reports of a woman injured student accommodation in Clerkenwell

The Metropolitan Police were called to reports of a woman injured student accommodation in Clerkenwell

Appearing over video link from HMP Broadmoor, he spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth.

He is believed to have been in a relationship with Ms Thanwani.

Officers found Maroufe sleeping under a tarpaulin in a garden shed following a police appeal.

Recorder of London Judge Mark Lucraft, KC, set Maroufe’s next court appearance for 27 January 2023 at the Old Bailey when he will have the charges put to him.

Maaroufe, of no fixed address, remains in confinement at HMP Broadmoor until that date.

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