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Police have arrested the 22-year-old boyfriend of a City University student who was found dead with serious neck injuries in his London hallways.
Maher Maaroufe was arrested this afternoon in Clerkenwell on suspicion of murder and assault on police.
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Sabita Thanwani, a British national, died at Arbor House on Sebastian Street after she was found with serious neck injuries, police said.
Detectives launched a manhunt in an attempt to track down Maaroufe, who they believe had been in a relationship with Sabita.
The Met Police have released a CCTV image of Maher in student accommodation on Saturday morning.
The Tunisian national, who is not a student, is known to travel to and have links in London and Cambridgeshire. Police say he has since shaved his head and beard.
Police said that although formal identification has not yet taken place, Sabita’s family has been informed and is supported by specialist officers.
A special post-mortem examination will be arranged in due course.
Detective Chief Inspector Linda Bradley, who is leading the investigation, said: “I would like to thank everyone for publicizing and sharing our call to track down Maaroufe.”
Speaking at Islington Police Station, Chief Inspector Adam Instone said: “Arbor House is student accommodation and I know there will be great sadness and deep concern among the local population and the student community.”
“I share that sadness and concern and can assure you that a thorough homicide investigation is underway, led by skilled and experienced detectives who will work tirelessly to identify and arrest those responsible.
“Tackling violent crime is the Met’s top priority. Police officers, including forensic specialists, remain at the scene. Local people will also see additional police in the area.
“If you have any concerns about safety in and around the Clerkenwell area, please speak to those officers.”
A Unite Students spokesperson said: “As this remains an ongoing police incident, we are unable to comment on their investigation.”
‘Our priority at this time is the safety and well-being of the Arbor House students. We are working closely with the police and the City, University of London.
A City, University of London spokesperson said: “As a university, we will do everything we can to support our students and staff and will continue to fully support the police with their investigation.”
‘We are working closely with Unite Students who own and operate Arbor House.’
Sabita’s family has been brought up to date with 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 unspeakably devastating time for them as they come to terms with Sabita’s murder.”
Officers were first called at around 5:10am on Saturday, due to reports of a woman injured at Arbor House, a student accommodation on Sebastian Street, Clerkenwell.
London Ambulance Service and officers attended and found Sabita, believed to be a psychology student at City, University of London, seriously injured.
Despite the efforts of the emergency services, the 19-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers said that anyone who sees Mr. Maaroufe should not approach him but should call 999 immediately.
The 19-year-old woman, who was reportedly a freshman, is believed to have been killed on the fifth floor of an apartment block owned by Unite Students.
Her neighbor Leona Sigmud, 20, described her as “just a normal student” who “kept to herself”.
The music student said: ‘She was a normal student, there was nothing special about her. I saw her in the halls, but I never actually spoke to her.
‘Of course she was nice and never rude. I didn’t know her personally. I don’t think she was British. When I heard that someone had been killed, I didn’t believe it at first. I thought it was gossip. We are all quite shocked. This doesn’t happen every day.
Neighbor Arsh Srivastara, 21, who is a business student, said: ‘Around 5:45 a.m. I heard a voice that sounded like that of a grown man.
‘I heard the fire alarm go off and heard someone run out of an exit on the ground floor near where I live. I thought he was the suspect.
‘After that, the police showed up about half an hour later. They have been investigating ever since. I heard them talking about someone trying to escape through the hallway door.
Sabita Thanwani Quick and Facts
- Maher Maaroufe was arrested today in Clerkenwell on suspicion of murder
- Police launch murder probe after woman, 19, was found dead in student housing
- Officers called to reports of injury on Sebastian Street, Clerkenwell on Saturday