Man charged with murder of London primary school teacher Sabina Nessa

A man has been charged with the murder of London primary school teacher Sabina Nessa.

The 28-year-old was found dead nearly 24 hours after she walked through Cator Park in Kidbrooke, south-east London, on her way to meet a friend.

A 36-year-old man has now been charged with murder and will appear in court on Tuesday (September 28), the Metropolitan Police said.

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Koci Selamaj, from Eastbourne, East Sussex, was arrested in the seaside town in the early hours of Sunday.

A light-coloured Nissan Micra was seized in a residential street around half a mile away from where he was arrested.

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 statement added: “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.”

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

On Friday, hundreds of people – including her sister – gathered for a candlelit vigil organised in Pegler Square, Kidbrooke, in her memory.

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