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Sara Sharif: the body of a “murdered” girl found under a blanket in a bunk bed, according to the court

The body of Sara Sharif, 10, was found under a blanket in a bunk bed, the court heard.

The girl’s father, Urfan Sharif, stepmother Beinash Batool and uncle Faisal Malik are accused of murdering the 10-year-old girl before she was discovered at a property in Woking, Surrey, on 10 august. They were also accused of causing or allowing the girl’s murder. death of a child.

The defendants left the UK for Pakistan alongside five children the day before her body was found and returned to the UK on Wednesday.

Sara Sharif was found at a property in Woking, Surrey, in August

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The three men were arrested upon landing at Gatwick Airport and were later charged with his murder.

They appeared at Guildford Magistrates’ Court on Friday, where they were remanded in custody following a 20-minute hearing.

The defendants, of Hammond Road in Woking, spoke only to confirm their names, dates of birth and addresses and made no pleas to either charge.

Urfan Sharif had his head bowed as the prosecution briefly outlined the case against the accused.

Sharif wore a gray prison tracksuit, Malik wore a red t-shirt and blue jeans and Batool was dressed in black, and were each flanked by a dock officer. Two of the accused needed an Urdu interpreter.

Urfan Sharif (left), Beinash Batool and Faisal Malik

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Prosecutor Amanda Burrows said court police were alerted to the situation when they received a call from Pakistan, which lasted eight minutes and 34 seconds, at 2.47am on August 10.

The flight was booked on August 8, the prosecution said. Officers arrived at the property and found the 10-year-old lying under a blanket, the court heard.

When they removed the blanket, they found Sara lying, fully clothed, in the middle of the bed, with her head raised and her hands on her chest, the hearing was told.

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Ambulance crews were called to the address, where they pronounced the child dead shortly after 4am.

She was identified using DNA from her mother Olga Sharif, who lives in Somerset, and another relative, the court was told.

An autopsy later revealed the youth had suffered “multiple and extensive injuries”. The court heard the cause of his death was yet to be established.

She also died as a result of third party involvement, the prosecution said.

Lawyers for the defendants said they denied the charges and that no bail application had been made.

No update was given on the condition of the five children remaining in Pakistan.

Deputy Chief Magistrate Tan Ikram remanded the defendants in custody ahead of their appearance at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.


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