Maher Maaroufe arrested on suspicion of murder by police investigating death of Sabita Thanwani

Maher Maaroufe, 22, has been arrested on suspicion of murder

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Maher Maaroufe, 22, has been arrested on suspicion of murder by police investigating the death of Sabita Thanwani, 19, at student accommodation in Clerkenwell, central London, Scotland Yard said.

Maaroufe was arrested by police on Sunday afternoon in the Clerkenwell area of London, Scotland Yard said.

He has been arrested on suspicion of murder and of assault on police and remains in police custody.

Detective Chief Inspector Linda Bradley, who is leading the investigation, said: “I would like to thank everyone for publicising and sharing our appeal to trace Maaroufe.

“Sabita’s family have been updated with this development and continue to be supported by specially trained officers. Our deepest condolences are with them.

“I would ask everyone to respect their privacy at this indescribably devastating time for them as they come to terms with Sabita’s murder.”