The father of a student who was raped and strangled in Westminster has appealed for help in bringing the murder suspect back to the UK, exactly nine years after her death.
Martine Vik Magnussen was last seen by friends at a Mayfair nightclub on March 14 2008, where she is believed to have left in the early hours of the morning with Farouk Abdulhak.
The Norwegian student was reported missing by friends and her body found two days later (March 16) in the basement of flats in Great Portland Street.
Police identified Abdulhak as a suspect but he had fled the UK to Yemen within hours of Martine’s disappearance and despite extensive efforts, refuses to return to the UK.
Now, Martine’s father Petter Magnussen has spoken of his fight for justice for his “beautiful daughter”.
Speaking on behalf of the family, he said: “We never imagined nine years ago that we would be in this position today.
“We had hoped that Farouk Abdulhak would by now have had the courage to return to the UK and allow for the legal processes to proceed.
“Sadly that is not the case, he remains at large, hiding from justice and putting myself and my family through intolerable pain.
“Martine was a beautiful daughter and our search for justice will never cease.”
She was last seen at the Maddox nightclub celebrating end of term exams with other students from the Regent’s Business School.
She left the Mill Street venue between 2am and 3am with a fellow student believed to be Abdulhak.
Friends reported her missing on March 15 before officers making enquiries to trace her visited a residential address on Great Portland Street, where they discovered her body at approximately 10.30am on March 16.
Attempts had been made to conceal her beneath rubble, and a post-mortem revealed cause of death as compression to the neck. She had also been raped.
An inquest at Westminster Coroner’s Court on November 24 2010 recorded a verdict of unlawful killing.
Detective chief inspector Andy Partridge, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “It is important that this case remains in the public consciousness.
"Myself and my team are resolutely committed to this investigation and this will not diminish with the passage of time.
“Martine’s family has spent the last nine years without her in their lives.
“To have your daughter taken from you in such a horrific way, especially when so far from home, and still be without answers is truly heartbreaking.
“One man can help provide those answers. Farouk Abdulhak remains wanted for Martine’s murder.
“I would like to take this opportunity to urge him to return to the UK so that this matter may be resolved through the UK courts.”
Detectives have made numerous appeals for Abdulhak to return to the UK so that they can speak to him about Martine’s death say he has ignored their request.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8358 0300 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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