A Tunisian national has been detained by Scotland Yard on suspicion of murdering and assaulting a British woman of Indian ancestry in her London student apartment.
On Saturday, Sabita Thanwani, a 19-year-old British national, was discovered with serious neck injuries at Arbour House student flats in London's Clerkenwell district.
Maher Maaroufe, a 22-year-old guy, was said to be in a relationship with Thanwani, according to the Metropolitan Police. On Sunday, authorities apprehended the wanted suspect in the same Clerkenwell neighbourhood where the victim's body had been discovered the day before.
"I'd want to thank everyone for publicising and spreading our appeal to find Maaroufe," said the investigation's lead detective, Detective Chief Inspector Linda Bradley of the Met Police Specialist Crime Unit.
"Sabita's family has been kept informed of the situation and continues to get assistance from specially trained officials. We send our heartfelt sympathies to them. "At this indescribably difficult time for them as they come to grips with Sabita's murder, I would ask that everyone respect their privacy," she said.
The Met Police had previously stated that, while formal identification was still awaited, Thanwani's family had been notified in advance of a special post-mortem examination, which would be scheduled in due course.
"Maaroufe was dating Sabita, although he wasn't a student." As part of a public appeal in the case, Detective Bradley stated, "He is a Tunisian national with no established residence."
"I am also requesting, once again, for Maher Maaroufe to attend a police station immediately," she said in a direct appeal to the culprit. Maher, I'm making a direct appeal to you: please report this to the nearest police station if you see it. It's critical that we talk to you." Thanwani was reportedly with Maaroufe on Friday while studying at City, University of London.
"We are unable to comment on their investigation as this is an ongoing police issue," a representative for Unite Students, which runs the Arbour House student accommodation, said.
"At this moment, our first focus is the safety and well-being of Arbour House students." "We're collaborating closely with the police and the City, University of London," added the spokeswoman.
A City, University of London spokeswoman also stated that the university was working closely with Unite Students.
"We will do everything we can as a university to support our students and employees, and we will continue to fully support the authorities in their investigation," a university official said. AK SCY PTI