Sara Sharif found under blanket in bunk bed at Woking property, court hears

Tributes to Sara Sharif where her body was found at home on August 10 after her father fled the UK, Woking, Surrey 28th August 2023 (SWNS)
Tributes to Sara Sharif where her body was found at home on August 10 after her father fled the UK, Woking, Surrey 28th August 2023 (SWNS)

Sara Sharif’s body was found under a blanket in a bunk bed at her home in Woking, a court has heard. The child's body was found at the property in Surrey on August 10.

The girl’s father Urfan Sharif, stepmother Beinash Batool and uncle Faisal Malik are accused of the murder of the 10-year-old. They have also been charged with causing or allowing the death of a child.

The defendants left the UK for Pakistan, along with five children, the day before her body was discovered before returning to the UK on Wednesday (September 13). The flight had been booked on August 8, the prosecution said.

The trio were arrested on landing at Gatwick Airport and were later charged with her murder. They appeared at Guildford Magistrates Court on Friday (September 15), where they were remanded into custody following a 20-minute hearing.

The defendants, from Hammond Road in Woking, spoke only to confirm their names, dates of birth and addresses and did not enter any pleas to the two charges.

Urfan Sharif had his head held down as the prosecution briefly outlined the case against the defendants and was wearing a grey prison issue 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 defendants required an Urdu interpreter.

Prosecutor Amanda Burrows told the 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. Officers arrived at the property and found the 10-year-old lying under a blanket in a bunk bed in an upstairs room, the court heard.

When an officer pulled the blanket back they found the girl lying fully clothed in the centre of the bed, the hearing was told. The child was lying face up and her hands were lying on her front, the prosecution said.

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

A post-mortem examination later found the youngster had suffered “multiple and extensive injuries” over a “sustained and extended” period of time.

The court heard her cause of death remains to be established, but she had “healed fractures” and injuries that “clearly demonstrate” the girl was subjected to “multiple events of violence”.

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

Lawyers for the defendants indicated they deny the charges and no application for bail was made. Deputy Chief Magistrate Tan Ikram remanded the defendants into custody before they appear at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.

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