Woman arrested in connection with murder of student

Martine Vik Magnussen's body was found beneath rubble in a block of flats

Friday, 11th March

Martine Vik Magnussen

Martine Vik Magnussen

A WOMAN has been arrested in connection with the rape and murder of Norwegian student Martine Vik Magnussen 14 years ago.

The woman, aged in her 60s, was arrested at a Westminster address on Tuesday “on suspicion of assisting an offender”.

She has been bailed and police admitted there was still much work to be done despite the “significant development”.

Ms Magnussen’s body was found hidden beneath a pile of rubble in a block of flats in Great Portland Street.

The Met believes the killer is Farouk Abdulhak who fled the country and is being sheltered by authorities in Yemen.

Detective Jim Eastwood said: “Martine’s family has never given up their fight for justice and in the 14 years since her death they have campaigned tirelessly to keep her in the public consciousness.

“I’m appealing to Farouk Abdulhak directly. Come back to the UK. Come back to face justice.”

Ms Magnussen was aged 23 and had been out celebrating finishing her end-of-term exams with her friends at the Maddox nightclub in Mayfair.

She left with Abdulhak and her body was found two days later.

A post-mortem examination gave her cause of death as compression to the neck. She had also been raped.

An inquest at Westminster Coroner’s Court in 2010 recorded a verdict of unlawful killing.

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