Sabina, 28, was killed as she set off to take what should have been a five-minute walk from her home in Kidbrooke, south-east London, to meet a date at a pub, with her body found under a pile of leaves off a public footpath
A man has been charged on suspicion of murdering primary school teacher Sabina Nessa.
Sabina, 28, was killed as she set off to take what should have been a five-minute walk from her home to meet a date at a pub.
The Metropolitan Police today confirmed Koci Selamaj, 36, from Eastbourne, East Sussex has been charged with her murder.
Selamaj was arrested in Eastbourne in the early hours of Sunday before being taken into police custody.
He will appear at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.
Sabina’s body was found under a pile of leaves off a footpath in Cator Park, Kidbrooke, in the London borough of Greenwich.
Lisa Ramsarran, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised 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.
“The CPS London Homicide Unit authorised the charge following a review of a file of evidence received from the Metropolitan Police Service.
“The defendant’s first court appearance will take place on September 28 2021.
“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.”
Sabina’s death has caused an outpouring of public grief amid concerns for women’s safety.
Her family spoke of their grief at the loss of the beloved young women as a vigil was held in the park where she was found.
Jebina Yasmin Islam, her sister, broke down as she addressed a crowds of hundreds at the candlelit vigil at Cator Park on Friday.
She said: “I just want to say thank you to everyone who came today to show support for my sister.
“We have lost an amazing, caring, beautiful sister, who left this world far too early.
She added: “Sabina loved her family.
“Words cannot describe how we are feeling, this feels like we are stuck in a bad dream and can’t get out of it – our world is shattered, we are simply lost for words.”