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Detectives’ warning to ‘only suspect’ in Martine murder case

Police officers ‘will never give up on seeking justice’ for Norwegian student found among rubble in basement of a Great Portland Street flat in 2008

19 March, 2019 — By Samantha Booth

Martine Vik Magnussen was a student at Regent’s Business School

DETECTIVES have warned a murder suspect to return to this country as the investigation “will not go away” 11 years after a Norwegian student was killed.

Last Thursday marked the anniversary of Martine Vik Magnussen’s murder.

The body of the 23-year-old was found hidden among rubble in a basement of flats in Great Portland Street in 2008.

Police say Farouk Abdulhak, who is the only suspect in the case, fled the UK and travelled to Egypt within hours of her disappearance, then on to Yemen.

Detective Superintendent Andy Partridge, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “The suspect wanted for Martine’s death fled the UK within hours of her murder and to this day he remains wanted.

An image from the nightclub CCTV released by the police

“I want to make it clear that we will not stop in our efforts to get justice for Martine’s family and bring the person responsible for her murder to justice.”

Ms Vik Magnussen had been celebrating the end of exams with fellow Regent’s Business School students at a nightclub before leaving with Mr Abdulhak.

The Met has released CCTV it says shows the pair in the club.

Friends reported her missing to police on March 15 2008 and officers found her body hours later.

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

An inquest at Westminster Coroner’s Court on November 24 2010 recorded a verdict of unlawful killing.

Mr Abdulhak was identified as a suspect but despite extensive efforts and numerous appeals over the last decade, he continues to refuse to return to the UK, say police.

Farouk Abdulhak

Social media posts will be published in Arabic this week in a bid to urge those with direct contact with him to convince him to return to this country.

DS Partridge joined her family at Ms Vik Magnussen’s resting place and laid flowers on Wednesday. He added: “The family and loved ones of Martine have remained dignified and resolute throughout the years and they deserve answers.

“The passage of time only serves to make this injustice greater and I am appealing once again to Farouk Abdulhak to return to the UK.

“This matter will not go away no matter how many years pass by.

“My officers will never give up on seeking justice for Martine and her grieving family and friends deserve some measure of closure from what must be an unimaginable nightmare.”

Police urge anyone with any information to contact the incident room on 020 8358 0300 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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