Sara Sharif’s father will face trial for her homicide subsequent 12 months after a courtroom heard the 10-year-old suffered a “constellation” of accidents culminating in her loss of life.
Urfan Sharif allegedly fled the UK to Pakistan with Sara’s stepmother Beinash Batool and his brother Faisal Malik the day earlier than her physique was present in Woking, Surrey, on 10 August.
They are alleged to have travelled with 5 youngsters who can’t be named for authorized causes.
Sharif, 41, Batool, 29, and Malik, 28, appeared on the Old Bailey in London at this time following their return from Pakistan on Wednesday 13 September.
They have been arrested at Gatwick Airport.
All three are charged with murdering Sara and inflicting or permitting the loss of life of a kid.
A six-week trial on the Old Bailey was provisionally set to start out on 2 September 2024.
Judge Mark Lucraft KC, the Recorder of London, mentioned a plea listening to will happen on 1 December this 12 months.
Surrey Police discovered Sara’s physique after receiving a name from Pakistan which lasted eight minutes and 34 seconds at 2.47am on 10 August, the courtroom heard.
The defendants’ flight to Pakistan had been booked two days earlier on 8 August, the courtroom was instructed.
Officers arrived on the household dwelling and located the younger lady mendacity face up and absolutely clothed beneath a blanket in a bunk mattress in an upstairs room.
She was recognized utilizing the DNA of her mom, Olga Sharif, who lives in Somerset, and one other relative.
Prosecutor Giles Bedloe instructed the courtroom that Sara was discovered to have “a constellation of healed and healing injuries”.
They allegedly included a healed fracture to her collar bone, a healed fracture to the hyoid bone in her neck, a number of rib fractures, bruising to her torso and limbs, and a mind haemorrhage.
Mr Bedloe alleged: “It follows Sara had been subjected to multiple events of violence over a sustained period of time that must have culminated in her death.”
He added: “There is quite a significant amount of post-mortem work ongoing and that will continue.”
Sharif, Batool and Malik appeared on the Old Bailey by video-link from Belmarsh high-security jail in south London and Bronzefield ladies’s jail in Surrey at this time.
They spoke solely to substantiate their identities and dates of beginning earlier than a timetable was set for his or her case.
Judge Lucraft mentioned a choice will probably be made in a while whether or not the trial must be heard by a High Court decide.
The defendants have been all remanded into custody till their subsequent listening to.