The 31-year-old woman who was stabbed to death in Hither Green was a Chinese national studying in London, police have confirmed. 

Zhe Wang’s next of kin have been informed of her death and are being supported by specially trained officers. 

Joshua Michals, 24, a US national living on Deals Gateway in Deptford, has been charged with her murder.  

It is believed that the defendant and victim are known to each other. 

He appeared at the Old Bailey on Tuesday (March 26) and will next appear in court in June. 

A trial date has been set for January 2025. 

An investigation was launched after police were called just before 11.15pm to reports of a stabbing.  

Emergency services attended and forced entry to the address.  

A 31-year-old woman was found injured inside.  

Despite the efforts of emergency services, she died at the scene a short time later.  

Formal identification has not yet taken place. 

Anyone with information relating to this incident should call police on 101 quoting 8153/20MAR. 

To remain anonymous contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.