Man charged with murder of Sabina Nessa

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A 36-year-old man has been charged with the murder of teacher Sabina Nessa in London earlier this month.

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Kosi Selmaj of Eastbourne, East Sussex, was arrested in the early hours of Sunday 26 September and charged with the murder of Ms Nessa on Monday, according to the Metropolitan Police.

The force said Mr Selamaj would appear at Willesden Magistrates’ Court in connection with the crime on Tuesday.


Ms Nessa died on 17 September while passing through Cater Park in Kidbrook, southeast London, on her way to visit a friend.

On Friday, hundreds of mourners gathered to light a candle in memory of the 28-year-old teacher, as well as mourners by the Duchess of Cambridge and government ministers elsewhere.

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Commenting on the allegation, Lisa Ramsaran of the Crown Prosecution Service said: “The Crown Prosecution Service has authorized the Metropolitan Police Service to indict Kosi Selamaj, 36, on a count of murder.

“This allegation pertains to the murder of 28-year-old primary school teacher Sabina Nessa on Friday, 17 September 2021, in Kidbrook, south-east London.

“The CPS London Homicide Unit authorized the charge after reviewing a file of evidence obtained from the Metropolitan Police Service.”

Ms Ramsaran said: “The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against the defendant are active and that he has the right to a fair trial.

“It is extremely important that no reporting, comment or information be shared online that could in any way affect these proceedings.”

Under surveillance on Friday, Ms Nessa’s sister Jebina Yasmin Islam said her family’s world was “shattered” by the murder.

“Words can’t describe how we’re feeling, it’s like we’re stuck in a nightmare and can’t get out of it – our world is shattered, we’re just lost for words,” he said.

“No family should go through the phase we are going through.”

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