Man appears in court after London student murder
A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of 19-year-old Sabita Thanwani.
The attack happened at her central London student accommodation.
Maher Maaroufe, 22, who is also accused of attacking a police officer, appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court.
Mr. Maaroufe spoke only to confirm his name, age and that he had no fixed address.
Magistrate Greville Waterman remanded him into custody until 24 March.
After that, he is due at the Old Bailey.
He was asked by the magistrate if he understood the proceedings. Mr. Maaroufe shook his head.
Mohammed Zeb, defending, told the court he would explain it to his client after they left the courtroom.
He suggested future hearings “there should be an interpreter for the Tunisian Arabic dialect”.
Police and medics were called to Arbour House in Sebastian Street, Clerkenwell, at about 05:10 GMT on Saturday where Ms. Thanwani was found seriously injured.
She died at the scene and a post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as sharp force trauma to the neck.
Ms. Thanwani was studying psychology at City, University of London, which is near to the student accommodation where she died.
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