My daughter was murdered after one night

A DAD whose daughter was murdered after a night out has said he wants the man she was last seen with to be brought to justice.

Farouk Abdulhak fled Britain after Martine Magnussen, 23, was killed there London 14 years ago.

Martine's father, Petter Magnussen, has urged Abdulhak to return to the UK


Martine’s father, Petter Magnussen, has urged Abdulhak to return to the UKCredit: AP
Martine Magnussen, 23, was partying one evening when she disappeared


Martine Magnussen, 23, was partying one evening when she disappearedCredit: PA
Farouk Abdulhak fled Britain after Martine's rape and murder


Farouk Abdulhak fled Britain after Martine’s rape and murderCredit: PA

Now her father, Petter, has said he wants answers and urged Abdulhak to “surrender himself and face justice”.

Petter spoke after British police officers said they had done it a woman in her 60s arrested and released on bail on suspicion of aiding and abetting Abdulhak.

After Martine’s death, Abdulhak left Britain on a jet owned by his late father, a beverage magnate who was one of Yemen’s richest men.

Abdulhak has lived in the country for more than a decade.

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Peter from Oslo, Norwaytold The mirror: “All I’ve ever wanted from Abdulhak is for him to voluntarily return to the UK to tell the police what happened to Martine that night.

“He could do that and later become a free man instead of staying as a refugee in Yemen where he will never have his freedom.

“That is the very simple request I have. Go back to the UK, talk to the police, tell them what happened.

“I don’t mind even if he was transferred to prison and is serving his sentence in Egypt where he has citizenship.

“If that can lower the barrier to his return for us to close, it doesn’t matter to me where he’s serving his sentence.

“All I want is for him to set foot on British soil again. If you’re hosting him, hand him over. We tried to contact the suspect’s mother. Part of every parenting role is telling your children what is right and what is wrong. The fact that they are a wealthy family does not put them above the law.”

Martine had been celebrating after finishing top of her class at Regent’s Business School in London on March 14, 2008 when she disappeared.

Two days later, her body was discovered partially buried under rubble in a basement on Great Portland Street in central London.

Horrifying CCTV footage showed Martine walking to her death with fugitive playboy, son of billionaire Shaher Abdulhak, after leaving Maddox nightclub.

The two studied International Economic Relations together at the private Regent’s Business School.

Martine was raped and then strangled to death – with her Christian Dior earrings, snakeskin shoes, jeans and Guess watch gone.

Police found a trail of blood from Martine’s body to Abdulhak’s home, where there were signs of a struggle.


An inquest at Westminster Coroner’s Court in 2010 recorded a verdict of wrongful death.

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Eastwood, who led the investigation, said earlier this month: “Martine’s family have never given up their fight for justice and in the 14 years since her death they have worked tirelessly to keep her in the public eye.

“Martine’s family has been informed of this latest development. While it’s a positive step, there’s still a lot more work for us to do.”


He added: “Most importantly, Farouk Abdulhak should be aware that this matter has not gone away and will not go away. My team and I will continue to seek justice and will use all available avenues to pursue him and bring him back to the UK. His status as a wanted man will remain and we will not relax in our efforts to obtain justice for Martine’s family.

“I appeal directly to Farouk Abdulhak. Come back to Britain. Come back to face justice.

“Since Martine’s death, her family, along with my investigative team, have shown real determination as we seek to bring closure to Martine’s family.”

In 2016, Petter posted a heartbreaking tribute to his daughter as he revealed a “huge hole” in his life.

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He added: “What makes it so much harder to accept the pain is that we are being denied justice when Farouk Abdulhak fled to Yemen after the murder and refused to return to the UK.

“What we can and will do is continue to keep this case in the spotlight and cherish the memory of our beloved daughter.”

Chilling CCTV is showing Martine Vik Magnussen in the moments before she was raped and murdered


Chilling CCTV is showing Martine Vik Magnussen in the moments before she was raped and murderedCredit: MET Police
Her body was found on Great Portland Street two days later


Her body was found on Great Portland Street two days later
Petter earlier this month outside Regent's Business School in London


Petter earlier this month outside Regent’s Business School in LondonCredit: AP

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