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Man in court over body in canal

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a woman whose body was found in a suitcase in a canal.

Thomasz Kocik, 38, of Buckingham Road in Brent, north west London, was remanded in custody at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court, a court official said.

He is due to appear at the Old Bailey on Friday.

Although formal identification has not taken place, Scotland Yard said earlier today that detectives are satisfied the dead woman is Marta Ligman, 23, a Polish national, of Buckingham Road.

Her body was recovered from the Grand Union Canal in west London on Sunday.

Kocik was arrested on Monday with two other men, aged 34 and 30, who have since been bailed.

Ms Ligman's next of kin have been informed of her death.

The Metropolitan Police said inquiries are continuing and asked anyone with information to contact officers.

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