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Sabina Nessa: Man Accused Of Murdering Primary School Teacher Pleads Not Guilty

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Sabina Nessa: Man Accused Of Murdering Primary School Teacher Pleads Not Guilty

A man has pleaded not guilty to the murder of primary school teacher Sabina Nessa.

Koci Selamaj, 36, is accused of carrying out a pre-meditated attack on the 28-year-old, after travelling to London from his home in Eastbourne in September.

He appeared at the Old Bailey today where he entered a plea of 'not guilty'. Despite the plea, Selamaj has accepted responsibility for killing Ms Nessa, the court was told.

Sabina was on her way to meet a friend (Credit: Shutterstock)
Sabina was on her way to meet a friend (Credit: Shutterstock)
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The garage worker is accused of striking the teacher as she walked through Cator Park in Kidbrooke, south east, London, on 17th September.

She had been walking to meet a friend at a pub in Kidbrooke, on a journey that should have taken just five minutes when she was fatally attacked.

Ms Nessa's body was found nearly 24 hours later covered with leaves near a community centre in the park.

Selamaj was arrested and charged with her murder. The suspect is understood to have been working as a food delivery driver in Eastbourne and was described by neighbours as "quiet".

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It is believed that they were not known to one another.

Sabina's sister Jebina paid tribute to her at the vigil (Credit: Alamy)
Sabina's sister Jebina paid tribute to her at the vigil (Credit: Alamy)

Days after Sabina's death, hundreds of people – including her sister – gathered for a candlelit vigil organised in Pegler Square, Kidbrooke, in her memory.

Jebina Yasmin Islam, Ms Nessa’s sister, broke down as she addressed crowds.

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She said: “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.

“No family should go through what we are going through.”

A vigil was held in Sabina Nessa's memory (Credit: Alamy)
A vigil was held in Sabina Nessa's memory (Credit: Alamy)

Sabina's death came just months after the killing of Sarah Everard, who was abducted in Clapham, south London, and just over a year after sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman were murdered at a park in Wembley, north London.

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