A massive search operation was underway last night for a “shifty” suspect wanted in the murder of schoolteacher Sabina Nessa.
The baldness was captured on CCTV shortly after the murder of the 28-year-old, who was pulling a hood over his head.
Within moments of Sabina leaving the house for a date, he has emerged as the lone attacker suspect.
The killer struck her in the head with a mallet-type weapon last Friday at 8.30pm outside the block of flats where she lived in Kidbroke, south east London.
Hundreds of people gathered and lit candles on Friday night in an emotional awakening for the “brilliant” teacher.
The attack on Sabina was caught on a grainy CCTV and the devil was carrying her on his shoulder.
His body was found the next day under a plastic sheet covered with leaves by a dog walker near a community hall in Kidbroke’s Cater Park.
The prime suspect was caught on another CCTV camera walking through a block of flats in nearby Peglar Square.
Police yesterday released footage showing him looking over his right shoulder across the street as if investigating what was behind him.
He looked agitated and reached the back of his neck and brought a hood over his head before disappearing from the camera’s view.
Police said the man had “access” to the silver car, which was caught on camera in the area.
It is understood that detectives have great doubts about the identity of the suspect and the vehicle’s number plate – but both were still being sought last night.
A source said: “The focus of the investigation is on finding Shifty.”
Police arrested a 38-year-old man on Thursday at an address in Lewisham, south east London, but he was released under investigation and is no longer considered a key suspect.
‘Focus on Shifty’
The vicious suspect who is currently being hunted is visible in the CCTV images with a bloody hand.
But police believe it was a trick of the camera’s light and that he was actually holding an orange object, such as a Sainsbury’s plastic bag.
On the night of her murder, Sabina was about to meet a man she had known for some time on a date at The Depot, a pub in Pegler Square.
The private development where the prime suspect was caught on CCTV is just 30 yards from the pub, 400 yards from the park where Sabina’s body was found and five minutes’ walk from her flat.
Sabina’s date assumes that he had set her up and that no one had reported her disappearance.
The post-mortem of Sabina’s cause of death proved inconclusive.
The police are working on the theory that Sabina was the victim of a hunter who suddenly attacked.
‘Smiling sweet lady’
Mum-off Abby Harris, 29, lives opposite Sabina’s flat and says she used to say hello to the primary school teacher in passing.
She said: “You know when someone smiles and it fills you with warmth?
“She’ll smile at you and say hello and it will instantly put you in a good mood.”
Sabina was one of three girls who grew up with her parents in Sandy, Beds.
Her father, Abdur Rauf, works as a chef at an Indian restaurant in the family’s hometown.
Colleagues there said they were shocked by Sabina’s death and went to Mr Rauf’s house to offer condolences.
“His wife and their daughters were crying. Abdur kept saying, ‘Why did this happen?’
“Two days ago, he spoke with Sabina. Then he got a call from the police that his daughter had died.
“She was such a lovely, smiling woman. It’s absolutely upsetting to everyone. We’re all shocked by it.”
Anyone with information should call the event room on 0208 721 4266 or Crimestoppers completely anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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