British police said on Sunday they have arrested a man suspected of killing primary school teacher Sabina Nessa while walking in a London park.
Nessa’s death – when she was visiting a friend minutes from her home – has fueled concerns that women are not safe on the streets of the UK capital.
The Metropolitan Police Force said a 38-year-old man was arrested overnight in southern England. Two others were first taken into custody and then released under investigation, but police insisted the latest arrests were a “significant development”.
Police had previously released closed-circuit TV footage of a man who was seen en route to Nessa on the night he was murdered, asking anyone who recognized him to contact him immediately.
Nessa, 28, was found dead on 17 September in Kidbrook, southeast London. Detectives believe he was attacked when he was supposed to be a five-minute walk to visit a friend at a nearby pub.
Hundreds of people lit candles for Nesa on Friday, demanding an end to violence against women.
“It feels like we are trapped in a nightmare and cannot get out of it. Our world is shattered, we are simply lost for words,” Nessa’s sister Jebina Yasmin Islam told the crowd. Even the family should not go through the phase we are going through.”
Nessa’s death comes six months after the kidnapping, rape and murder of 33-year-old Sarah Everard by a serving police officer in south London. The Everard case shook the nation and thousands took to the streets to condemn violence against women.