Sabina Nessa: Man charged for murder of school teacher

Two men arrested last week in connection to the murder were released pending further investigations.

Sabina Nessa: Man charged for murder of school teacher
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A man has been charged for the murder of 28-year-old school teacher.

Sabina Nessa, was attacked and killed while on her way to meet a friend at a bar in her neighbourhood.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed on Monday that Koci Selamaj, 36, from Eastbourne, East Sussex has been charged with her murder.

He was arrested in Eastbourne Sunday morning before being taken into police custody.

He will appear at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

New Arrest

Nessa's body was found in Cator Park, just five minutes walk from her home on Astell Road.

Two men were arrested last week, but released after questioning pending further investigations.

Lisa Ramsarran, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said:

The Crown Prosecution Service has authorized the Metropolitan Police Service to charge Koci Selamaj, 36, with one count of murder. The charge relates to the murder of 28-year-old primary school teacher Sabina Nessa in Kidbrooke, south-east London, on Friday, September 17, 2021.

Ramsarran said, although the suspect has been charged, he is still entitled to a fair trial.

The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against the defendant are active and that he has a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings

The Suspect

The suspect is believed to be former staff of Domino's pizza. His car was recovered a five-minute walk from the address, where he had reportedly been living for several years with a partner.

This is the same vehicle that is in the CCTV image the police released. The vehicle is now being inspected by authorities in London after he reportedly handed over the keys and told officers where it was parked.

A book of condolence has been opened for Ms Nessa. On Friday, a vigil was held in her honour, with more than 500 people in attendance. Her friends said she had dreams of relocating to Dubai to teach children there.

Her sister described her as an

amazing, caring, beautiful sister who left this world far too early. Words cannot describe how we are feeling, this feels like we are stuck in a bad dream and can't get out of it.