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21st Mar 2022

Man arrested in connection with murder of teen student in London

Kat O'Connor

“The girl that was an angel upon the earth is now an angel in heaven”

A 22-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a student in London.

19-year-old Sabita Thanwani was found severely injured in her student accommodation on March 19th.

Emergency services rushed to the teenager’s apartment on Saturday evening.

It was reported that the young woman was injured, but Sabita’s injuries were too severe to save her.

Despite their best efforts, the teenager was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to reports, the 19-year-old suffered severe neck injuries.

22-year-old Maher Maaroufe has been arrested in connection with Ms Thanwani’s death.

He has been arrested on suspicion of murder, as well as assault on police.

He remains in police custody.

Linda Bradley, Detective Chief Inspector thanked the public for their assistance following her murder.

“Sabita’s family has been updated with this development.”

They’re receiving support from specially trained officers.

She added, “Our deepest condolences are with them.”


Sabita’s family issued a heartbreaking statement after her death.

They described their daughter as “beautiful” and “loving”. Her parents also said she was a person with a pure heart.

“Sabita Thanwani was our daughter. Our angel.

“Her life, that we hoped would be long, was cut tragically short. She was ripped away from those who loved her so very dearly.”

They continued, “Sabita was pure and did not see bad in anyone, because there was no badness in her own awesome heart.

“We will never ever stop loving or missing our beautiful, irreplaceable Sabita.

They said their daughter was “an angel upon the earth” but now she is “an angel in heaven”.

They added, “We can only pray that lessons will be learnt.”

“And that somehow, there will come a day when girls and women are safe.”