Tunisian man killed a British student of Indian origin


Maher Maaroufe, a 22-year-old Tunisian national, has been arrested by the Metropolitan Police on suspicion of a 19-year-old British student of Indian origin at her apartment.

The victim, Sabita Thanwani, was found with severe injuries on her neck at Arbour House student flats in the Clerkenwell area of London on Saturday.


The Metropolitan Police informed Sabita and Maher Maaroufe were in a relationship; the formal identification of Mahar Maaroufe is not registered in the Police records.

Officers eventually arrested the wanted suspect on Sunday around the same area of Clerkenwell, where the victim’s body was discovered a day before.

Earlier, the Met Police had said that although formal identification remains pending, Thanwani’s family was informed ahead of a special post-mortem examination to be arranged in due course.

Detective Bradley held in a statement, Maaroufe was not a student; he is a Tunisian national with no fixed address.

In a direct appeal to the suspect, she added: “I am also appealing, once again, for Maher Maaroufe to attend a police station immediately.

“Our priority is the safety and wellbeing of students at Arbour House. We are working closely with the police and City, University of London,” the spokesperson said.


A spokesperson for City, University of London also said it worked closely with Unite Students.

Comments “As a university, we will do everything we can to support our students and staff. We will continue to support the police with their investigation fully,” a university spokesperson said.

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