A Tunisian man held for killing Indian-origin student Sabita Thanwani at her university accommodation in the Clerkenwell area of north London in March last year has pled guilty in court.
Maher Maaroufe, 23, pleaded guilty to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility during a hearing at the Old Bailey court and will be sentenced in September.
The court heard how Thanwani, 19, was found under the sheets with a cut to her throat on March 19 last year.
According to court reports, the prosecution described how Maaroufe and Thanwani had been in a relationship prior to the morning of the killing. They were at the student accommodation when a neighbour overheard various noises and screams coming from the room and called emergency services.
A post-mortem examination gave Thanwani's cause of death as sharp force trauma to the neck.
Before the police arrived at the scene of the killing, the suspect had left the building but as he did so he was seen by officers wearing a balaclava, the court was told.
The Metropolitan Police had issued an urgent manhunt for Maaroufe and charged him days later.
At this week's hearing, he appeared by video link from high-security psychiatric hospital Broadmoor for the hearing and the prosecution accepted the manslaughter plea.
Maaroufe also pleaded guilty to a charge of assault by beating an emergency worker for head-butting a police officer during his arrest last year. In court, he was assisted by an Arabic interpreter and was remanded back into custody.
In a statement released at the time of her death, Thanwani's family described the student as "our angel" and said she had a "radiant smile and incredible heart".
"Sabita was the most caring and loving person we have ever known. She inspired us every day of her precious 19 years of life. Her mission was to help everyone. She was studying psychology at City University to make this happen. Her whole life was ahead of her, a life where her radiant smile and incredible heart could only spread warmth and kindness," they said at the time.