Sabina Nessa, 28, was found murdered in a park in southeast London. A 36-year-old man has been charged with his murder.
LONDON – A 36-year-old man charged with the murder of Sabina Nessa, a primary school teacher who was killed in a park near her home in southeast London earlier this month, appeared in a British court on Tuesday.
Kosi was Selamatz taken into police custody on Sunday. During a court hearing on Tuesday, his lawyer, Aidan Harvey, said Mr Selamaj’s intention was to plead not guilty.
Ms Nessa, 28, had left her home in the Kidbrook area at 8:30 p.m. on September 17 to visit a friend at a pub, which is usually a five-minute walk. But she never reached the pub and the next evening her body was found in a park near the community centre.
Ms Nessa’s killing horrified women across Britain and sparked outrage over what activists saw as the authorities’ failure to combat men’s violence against women.
Police and prosecutors did not provide any details about how Ms Nessa was murdered or any possible motive for the attack. British news media is Identified Mr. Selamaji As a former pizza delivery driver who lived in the coastal town of Eastbourne, little has been made public about his background.
Hundreds of people lit candles and left flowers in her memory in southeast London last Friday for Ms Nessa. “We have lost a wonderful, caring and beautiful sister who left this world too early,” said one of her three sisters, Zebina Yasmin Islam, through tears. “She didn’t reach her 29th birthday next month.”
“No family should go through the phase we are going through.”
Ms Nessa’s death comes just six months after the murder of 33-year-old marketing executive Sarah Everard, who was kidnapped and killed on her way home in London. Her death also sparked national outrage. The fact that a London police officer, Wayne Couzens, was arrested and convicted for his murder only intensified public anger.
Ms Nessa’s death has again raised concerns that not enough is being done to protect women. In 2021, at least 109 British women have been murdered by men, or in incidents where a man is the primary suspect, according to count of dead women, a project dedicated to tracking such murders. The project counted a total of 108 murders in 2020.