Man accused of murdering teacher Sabina Nessa


A 36-year-old man has been charged with the murder of teacher Sabina Nessa.

Koci Selamaj, from Eastbourne, East Sussex, was arrested in the seaside town in the early hours of Sunday, and a light-colored Nissan Micra was seized on a leafy residential street around half a mile away.

He was charged on Monday and will appear in Willesden Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Ms Nessa, 28, was killed as she walked through Cator Park in Kidbrooke, south-east London, on her way to a friend’s house on September 17.

His body was found nearly 24 hours later covered in leaves near a community center in the park.

The suspect is said to have worked as a food delivery driver in Eastbourne and is believed to be from Eastern Europe.

An employee of a newsagent near the apartment where he lived said he would come to the store to charge his phone or energy key, but would not initiate a conversation.

“He was so calm, he didn’t say anything, he just came over to refuel and left,” the staff member said.

Sabina Nessa’s sister, Jebina Yasmin Islam, at a teacher’s memory vigil (Jonathan Brady / PA)

Ms Nessa taught a first grade class at Rushey Green Primary School in Catford, also south-east London.

Hundreds of people – including her sister – gathered on Friday for a candlelight vigil held in Pegler Square, Kidbrooke, in her memory.

Ms. Nessa’s sister Jebina Yasmin Islam collapsed as she addressed the crowd.

She said: “Words can’t describe how we feel, it makes it seem like we’re stuck in a bad dream and can’t get out of it – our world is shattered, we’re just lost for words. .

“No family should go through what we are going through.”


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