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Arsema Dawit death: Inquest opens

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Image caption Arsema had been in a relationship with Nugusse for two years

The inquest into the death of a teenage girl who was killed by her ex-boyfriend has begun, six years after she died.

Arsema Dawit, 15, was stabbed more than 30 times in Waterloo by her ex-boyfriend Thomas Nugusse in June 2008.

Her family claim her fears over Nugusse, 22, were ignored by police.

A jury has been sworn in at Southwark Coroner's Court with the first witnesses, including friends and police officers, due to give evidence on Wednesday.

Nugusse confessed to Arsema's murder but could not be tried because he suffered brain damage in a suicide attempt in prison.

In 2009, a jury at the Old Bailey was not permitted to return conventional innocent or guilty verdicts and instead found that Nugusse had "committed the acts". He was given an indefinite hospital order.

The inquest is expected to last four weeks.

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