The tormented younger sister of an Indian origin schoolgirl raped and murdered by a serial sex offender in May 2005, has leapt to her death from the top of a car park.
Nishma Raithatha (15) is said never to have come to terms with the murder of her sister Jeshma nearly four years ago. She fell from the top floor of a shopping centre in Harrow, north London, just four days before her 16th birthday.
Jeshma, a 17-year-old A-level student, was sexually assaulted and knifed in the heart by Viktor Dembovskis on her way home from school in May 2005.
Friends said that Nishma, who was 12 at the time of the murder, remained traumatised by the crime and had become increasingly concerned that she would also be attacked. She attended the same school as her sister.
Diane Stahlmann, Nishma's head of year at Claremont High School in Kenton, said that she had taken time off school to try to come to terms with what had happened to her sister.
"She has worked hard to overcome a lot of her difficulties, because she missed quite a lot of school," The Times quoted Stahlmann, as saying.
"The death of her sister obviously had a huge impact on Nishma, but she worked extremely hard to make up for what she missed. She had quite a sense of humour and although she didn't show it often, when she did it was quite memorable.
"Her death is a tragic loss and she will be deeply missed by her friends and teachers. Our thoughts are with the family at this time," Stahlmann added.
Dembovskis, 47, a car wash attendant from Latvia waited for Jeshma as she walked home from school, choosing a "den" in thick undergrowth where they would not be seen. She was raped twice while she was still unconscious, then stabbed through the heart. Her body was found eight days later.
Dembovskis fled to Latvia four days after the attack and had to be extradited back to Britain. It later emerged that he had twice been convicted of raping women at knifepoint in Latvia, in 1990 and 1999 and had a "propensity" to sexually assault women.