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Father’s fresh appeal to bring suspect to justice

Marylebone student Martine Vik Magnussen was murdered nine years ago

17 March, 2017 — By Alina Polianskaya

Martine Vik Magnussen was last seen in the early hours of March 14, 2008

A FATHER says he has been left in “intolerable pain” during nine years of campaigning to bring his daughter’s suspected killer to justice.

Odd Petter Magnussen has renewed his appeal for information regarding Martine Vik Magnussen, who was found dead under a pile of bricks in a Great Portland Street block in 2008. The Marylebone resident, 23, had been celebrating the end of exams with fellow Regent’s Business School students at Maddox nightclub in Mayfair and was last seen in the early hours of March 14, 2008.

The prime suspect in her murder, Farouk Abdulhak, was also studying at the business school at the time. He lived at the address where the body was found on March 16. He reportedly fled to Yemen via Cairo just after Ms Magnussen’s disappearance. Despite being named by police as the only suspect wanted for her rape and murder Abdulhak, the son of a Yemeni billionaire, has refused to return to this country for questioning.

Martine’s father said on behalf of the family: “He remains at large, hiding from justice and putting myself and my family through intolerable pain.”

DCI Andy Partridge, of the Met’s 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.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8358 0300 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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