Anniversary Appeal - Murder of Martine Vik Magnussen

Today, Monday 14th March, marks the eighth anniversary of the murder of Martine Vik Magnussen, whose partially concealed body was found amongst rubble in the basement of flats in Great Portland Street in 2008.

Martine was last seen in the early hours of the 14th March 2008 at Maddox nightclub in Mayfair, she was celebrating her end of term exams with other students from the Regent's Business School in Regents Park, London.

She is believed to have left the club with Farouk Abdulhak, a fellow student of Martine's at Regent's Business School.

Within hours of Martine's disappearance, Farouk Abdulhak fled the UK and headed for Yemen. He is the only suspect sought in connection with her murder. He has refused to return to the UK and there is no formal extradition treaty between the UK and Yemen that can secure his return.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Partridge of the Met's Homicide & Major Crime Command said; "This case is still very much a live investigation. Farouk Abdulhak remains wanted for the rape and murder of Martine Vik Magnussen. Farouk Abdulhak has known for the past eight years now that he is wanted for the rape and murder of Martine. There have been extensive diplomatic efforts made over this time to return him to the UK, to no avail. This anniversary should serve as a further reminder that he cannot put this behind him, it will not go away and I appeal to him, and those close to him to advise him to return to the UK to stand trial.

To recap: Norwegian student Martine Vik Magnussen was found murdered in the basement of flats in Great Portland Street on 16 March 2008. She had also been raped before her death.

Martine, 23, who lived with friends in Westminster, had been out with her flat-mates and fellow students in central London on the evening of 13 March 2008.

She was last seen by her friends at Maddox nightclub some time between 02:00 and 03:00hrs on 14 March 2008.

Martine was reported missing to police by friends on 15 March 2008.

After she was reported missing, officers making inquiries to trace her attended the residential address in Great Portland Street, W1. Her body was discovered at around 10:30hrs on 16 March 2008.

A post-mortem examination gave cause of death as compression to the neck. An incident room was opened at Hendon.

The inquest into Martine's death at Westminster Coroner's Court on 24 November 2010 recorded a verdict of unlawful killing.

Detectives have made numerous appeals for Abdulhak to return to the UK so that they can speak to him about Martine's death.

Mr Petter Magnussen, Martine's father said; "We have been left devastated and distraught since the loss of our daughter. There is an enormous hole in our lives that can never be filled. Martine would have been 31 years old and I cannot help but wonder what she would be doing now - would she have settled down, married and had children.

What makes the pain so much more difficult to accept is that we are being denied justice as Farouk Abdulhak fled to Yemen after the murder and refuses to return to the UK. He has continued to live his life for the past 8 years and move forward, in contrast to my family and myself who cannot do that. What we can do and will do is continue to keep the spotlight on this case and cherish the memory of our beloved daughter.