Detectives release new images of Sarah Sharif to ‘build picture of her life’

Detectives have released new images of 10-year-old Sarah Sharif to “build a picture of her life” before she was found dead.

The girl's father Urfan Sharif, stepmother Beinash Batool and uncle Faisal Malik are accused of murdering the youngster after her body was discovered under a blanket on a bunk bed at her home in Woking, Surrey, on August 10.

On Friday, Surrey Police released two new images of Sara which show her “in the way we believe she may have dressed in the months before her death”.

The force said it hoped the images would “motivate more people to come forward with information about her and her family”.

Sara is pictured wearing a black hijab in a school photo in one of the images, while the other shows the youngster in a blue hijab.

An earlier photo released by the force showed the child without the traditional Muslim head covering.

The trio accused of her murder are due to stand trial in September next year with a hearing to be held at the Old Bailey on December 1.

An earlier court hearing heard that police had found Sarah's body after a call from Pakistan, which lasted eight minutes and 34 seconds, at 2.47am. on August 10.

The court was also told that the accused had booked a flight to the country two days earlier on August 8.

Prosecutor Giles Bedloe told the court at the Old Bailey that Sara was found to have “a constellation of healing and healing wounds”.

The day before Sarah was discovered, the three accused left the UK for Pakistan with five children, who cannot be identified for legal reasons.

The trio, of Hammond Road in Woking, returned to the UK on September 13 and were arrested on landing at Gatwick Airport.

All three were remanded in custody by The Recorder of London, Judge Mark Lucraft KC, until their next court hearing.

Commenting on why new images were released, Detective Constable Mark Chapman, from Surrey Police and Sussex Police's Major Crime Team, said: “We released these new images this week in the hope that they will prompt more people who knew Sarah and the family to come forward. to come forward.

“We are grateful to everyone who has already contacted us and I would like to stress that any information, however trivial it may seem, is being considered by the investigation team and further inquiries are being made if necessary.

“I would urge anyone who may have information and has not yet come forward to contact us.

“There are several ways you can do this – you can report information through our portal, which is in both English and Urdu, you can call 101 if you prefer to speak on the phone or if you want to remain anonymous. call the independent charity Crimestoppers.”

The force said officers circulated the appeal, which has also been translated into Urdu, through leaflets distributed in Woking, as well as posters displayed in and around the town's train station and taxi ranks.