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Man charged with 2009 murder in Walthamstow

News   •   Oct 04, 2019 23:10 BST

A man has been charged with a murder in Walthamstow in 2009 after being extradited from India. 

A man Vyas, 35 (19.08.84) arrived at Heathrow Airport on Friday, 4 October. On his arrival, he was charged with the murder and rape of Michelle Samaraweera who died after being attacked in Walthamstow on 30 May 2009. 

Vyas was also charged with the following offences relating to three other women:

- one count of attempted murder;
- five counts of assault;
- seven counts of rape;
- one count of possession of a knife or bladed article in a public place
- one count of possession of an offensive weapon;
- one count of sexual assault.

Vyas appeared in custody at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Saturday, 5 October.

He will next appear in custody at the Old Bailey on Tuesday, 8 October.

The offences are alleged to have taken place at locations across Walthamstow between 24 March 2009 and 30 May 2009.