The father of a Norwegian student who was murdered in London has warned her suspected killer that the case “will never go away” until justice is done.
Martine Vik Magnussen was celebrating her end-of-term exams with other students from the Regent’s Business School at the Maddox nightclub in Mayfair when she went missing in the early hours of 14 March 2008.
The 23-year-old’s body was found two days later under rubble in the basement of flats in Great Portland Street.
Farouk Abdulhak is wanted in connection with her death but remains in Yemen where he fled within hours of Ms Magnussen’s disappearance and has refused to return to the UK.
As he visited the capital to mark 10 years since her death, her father Petter warned Abdulhak: “I would like to address this individual, who has continued his sheltered life without any consequences, while my family has continued to suffer the greatest loss a family can suffer.
“I want him to know that 10 years on we continue to pursue justice for Martine. The police continue to investigate, we want you to know that this case will never go away until justice has prevailed.”
Police have vowed to continue the investigation and have released a CCTV clip of the pair leaving the nightclub as they continue to appeal for him to hand himself in.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Partridge, from Scotland Yard’s murder squad, said: “A decade on and our ambition remains the same – to obtain justice for Martine.
“With this CCTV now in the public domain, our hope is that the case will not fade from public attention, keeping the spotlight firmly focused upon Farouk Abdulhak.
“Abdulhak fled to another country in the pursuit of continuing with his life and today he remains sheltered and protected in the Yemen. For 10 years this person has been avoiding our requests to return to the UK and assist the investigation.
“We have reached an important milestone, therefore this is the right time to once again appeal personally to Abdulhak to return to the UK.
“He was a guest in our country when the murder of Martine occurred and I believe the responsible thing to do is return.
“If he thought that this case would diminish, or that his wanted status would change over time, then this year’s anniversary demonstrates our resolve and that of the Magnussen family to continue to seek justice for Martine.”
A post-mortem examination concluded Miss Magnussen’s cause of death as compression to the neck.
A verdict of unlawful killing was recorded at an inquest at Westminster Coroner’s Court on 24 November 2010.
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