Man charged with murder of woman found in children’s playground and seven counts of rape after being extradited to the UKOctober 5, 2019
A MAN has been charged with murder of a woman found in a children’s playground, as well as seven other counts of rape after being extradited to the UK from India.
Aman Vyas, 35, arrived at Heathrow on Friday and was charged with the murder and rape of Michelle Samaraweera on May 30, 2009.
Vyas has also been charged with offences against three other women.
The charges against him include attempted murder, seven counts of rape, five counts of assault, possessing a knife or bladed article in a public place, possessing an offensive weapon and one count of sexual assault.
He is due to appear in Uxbridge Magistrates' Court on Saturday.
Michelle Samaraweera was found dead, aged 35, in a children’s playground in Walthamstow on May 30, 2009.
She had gone out to buy milk near the home she shared with boyfriend Greg Dale, and was last seen on CCTV at a Somerfield store at 1am that day.
A postmortem revealed that Michelle had been strangled and raped.
Vyas, the son of a wealthy businessman, had been living in the UK on a student visa at the time of the murder.
A Metropolitan Police statement confirmed: "A man has been charged with a murder in Walthamstow in 2009 after being extradited from India.
"Aman Vyas 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 and one count of sexual assault.
"Vyas will appear in custody at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Saturday, 5 October.
"The offences are alleged to have taken place at locations across Walthamstow between 24 March 2009 and 30 May 2009."
Michelle's heartbroken mum died just days before the recent 10th anniversary of her daughter’s murder.
Michelle's sister Ann Chandradasa, previously told The Mirror: “She never got to see justice for her girl."
She added: “It’s been 10 years and nothing has changed. She was raped and strangled to death but no one seems to care. It’s ripped us apart.
“I think about it every day. I carry on for my two children but I find it a struggle to function.
“I can’t even bring myself to go to the cemetery to visit Michelle’s grave.”
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