Man remanded on murder charge over missing midwifery student

A man accused of murdering a missing university student who was last seen dancing at a church celebration on Boxing Day has appeared in court.

Shohfah-El Israel, 40, of Fordwych Road, north-west London, is charged with the murder of Joy Morgan, a 21-year old midwifery student at the University of Hertfordshire.

He did not enter a plea during a short appearance in the dock at Hatfield Remand Court on Thursday.

Israel spoke only to give his name, confirm his date of birth and address, and to say his nationality was British.

Police previously reported his name as Ajibola Shogbamimu, but court staff told reporters he had changed his name by deed poll.

Israel, who has braided hair and a moustache, appeared in court wearing a green jacket.

He was remanded in custody and is due to appear at St Albans Crown Court on Friday.

Miss Morgan – described as slim, around 5ft 5in, with afro hair she regularly covers with a scarf, and glasses – was last seen on December 26 but no body has been found.

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