Three Relatives Arrested at Gatwick Airport on Suspicion of 10-Year-Old Sara Sharif’s Murder

Three Relatives Arrested at Gatwick Airport on Suspicion of 10-Year-Old Sara Sharif’s Murder

Surrey Police have arrested the father, stepmother, and uncle of 10-year-old Sara Sharif on suspicion of her murder. Urfan Sharif, Beinash Batool, and Faisal Malik were taken into custody upon landing at Gatwick Airport from Dubai on Wednesday evening.

Sara was found dead at her Woking residence on August 10. According to Detective Superintendent Mark Chapman, a post-mortem examination revealed Sara had suffered “multiple and extensive injuries” over an extended period. He stated the suspects are being held in custody for interviews and that Sara’s mother has been notified and is being supported by specialist officers. “Our thoughts remain with her and those affected by Sara’s death at this very difficult time,” Chapman said.

The arrest comes after an international manhunt for the trio, who had left for Pakistan one day before Sara’s body was discovered. Authorities in Pakistan reported the individuals had traveled voluntarily.

Surrey Police have also been working to secure the safe return of Sara’s five siblings to the UK. The children were taken to Pakistan on August 9, the day before Sara was found dead, and were temporarily placed in a government childcare facility by a Pakistani court. It remains uncertain where the siblings will ultimately reside or the duration of their stay in the facility. They were located at the home of their grandfather, Muhammad Sharif, in Jhelum, northeastern Pakistan, on Monday evening.

Beinash Batool broke her silence last week, describing Sara’s death as “an incident” in a clip posted online and stating she and her husband were willing to cooperate with UK authorities. Meanwhile, Sara’s mother, Olga Sharif, spoke to Polish television about the harrowing experience of identifying her daughter’s body. “One of her cheeks was swollen and the other side was bruised. Even now, when I close my eyes, I can see what my baby looked like,” she said.

Detective Chapman emphasized the police’s commitment to a thorough investigation, citing the case as “extremely fast-moving, challenging, and complex.” The force is collaborating with Surrey County Council and international authorities following the Pakistani court’s decision. Further updates will be provided as they become available, Chapman stated.

Lou Nightingale
Author: Lou Nightingale

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