Police release new images of Sara Sharif as part of murder probe

Fresh images have been released of Sara Sharif as police continue their appeal for information following her death.

The 10-year-old’s body was found at the family home in Woking, Surrey, on 10 August.

The photos show Sara in the way investigators believe she may have been dressed in the months before she died.

Urfan Sharif, Beinash Batool and Faisal Malik. Pics: Surrey Police
Urfan Sharif, Beinash Batool and Faisal Malik. Pics: Surrey Police

Officers hope they will prompt more people to come forward with details about her and her family.

Sara’s father Urfan Sharif, stepmother Beinash Batool and uncle Faisal Malik appeared at the Old Bailey earlier this week charged with murder and causing or allowing the death of a child.

All were remanded in custody.

Detective Superintendent Mark Chapman of Surrey Police said: “We have released these new images this week in the hope that it will prompt more people who knew Sara and her family to come forward.

“We are grateful to everyone who has already contacted us, and I would like to stress that any information, no matter how insignificant it might seem, is reviewed by the investigation team and further enquiries carried out if appropriate.

“I would urge anyone who may have information and hasn’t yet come forward to reach out to us.”

Officers working for the force who are fluent in Urdu are supporting the investigation team.

The court hearing on Tuesday was told Sara had suffered “a constellation of healed and healing injuries”.

These included a healed fracture to her collar bone, multiple rib fractures, bruising to her torso and limbs, and a brain haemorrhage.

The day before Sara was found, the three defendants allegedly left the UK for Pakistan with five children, who cannot be identified for legal reasons.

They returned to the country on Wednesday 13 September and were arrested on landing at Gatwick Airport.

The Recorder of London, Judge Mark Lucraft KC, said a plea hearing will take place before him on 1 December.

A six-week trial at the Old Bailey was provisionally set to start on 2 September 2024.

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