Family fights for answers over tragic shooting outside police station 17 years ago

The family of a young woman shot dead outside a police station nearly 17 years ago says it's relieved at coming a step closer to finding out exactly how she died.

Sabina Rizvi, 25, was killed in the early hours of March 20 2003 outside Bexleyheath police station in London.

In 2004, Paul Asbury, then aged 22, was convicted of her murder and the police watchdog went on to produce a report in 2011.

On Monday, assistant coroner Angela Rafferty pledged a "thorough and detailed investigation" but warned an inquest would not establish "criminal liability".

At a pre-inquest hearing at the Old Bailey attended by Ms Rizvi's mother Iffat, Ms Rafferty offered her condolences, saying: "I know you have waited for this inquest for many years."

The court heard a full inquest, likely to be heard by a jury, would be set at a future date, with a further pre-inquest hearing in the spring.

Speaking outside court afterwards, family solicitor Anna Moore said:

Ms Moore said the "tragic" case had taken its toll on the family, adding: "They have been fighting for many, many years. It's a long process and it's not over yet."