Little Venice murder: Boss pays tribute to ‘honest’ worker named as victim

Martusia Ligman worked and lived in Harlesden (Pic credit: Facebook)

Martusia Ligman worked and lived in Harlesden (Pic credit: Facebook) - Credit: Archant

The boss of a woman from Harlesden whose body was found in a suitcase dumped in a canal in Little Venice has paid tribute to his “honest” member of staff.

Delicja Polish Delicatessen in High Street, Harlesden (Pic credit: Google streetview)

Delicja Polish Delicatessen in High Street, Harlesden (Pic credit: Google streetview) - Credit: Archant

The body of Marta Ligman, of Buckingham Road, was found in the luggage recovered from the Grand Union Canal near Delamere Terrace on Sunday afternoon.

The 23-year-old Polish national worked as a cashier at Delicja Polish Delicatessen which is a five minute walk from her home.

Levent Camlar, who owns the store, told the Times she was a good member of staff.

He said: “She’s has been working here for the last three years as a cashier six days a week and was really good.

Victim: Martusia Ligman (Pic credit: Facebook)

Victim: Martusia Ligman (Pic credit: Facebook) - Credit: Archant


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“She was a honest person, a very smart girl and I didn’t have any problems with her.”

Describing Ms Ligman as a small woman who weighed just seven stones, he added: “She text me on April 27 to say she had to go to Poland because her mum was sick with ‘sorry I don’t know when I’ll be back’.

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“I heard nothing after that.”

Ms Ligman is believed to have come to the UK from Trzeciewiec in Poland three years ago.

Police at the Grand Union Canal scene. Photo: Jack Hardy/PA Wire

Police at the Grand Union Canal scene. Photo: Jack Hardy/PA Wire - Credit: PA WIRE

Thomasz Kocik, 38, from Harlesden, who is believed to be Ms Ligman’s partner, has appeared in court today charged with her murder.

He was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on Friday.

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