School ‘devastated’ after teacher Sabina Nessa named as London park murder victim

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A primary school has been “devastated” after a 28-year-old teacher was named as the victim of a murder in a London park.

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Sabina Nessa has been remembered as “utterly devoted to her pupils” by the headmaster of Rushe Green Primary School where she worked.

The body of the 28-year-old was discovered on Saturday at Cater Park in south-east London.


Police have arrested a 40-year-old man on charges of murder. He has been released under further investigation.

Lisa Williams, headmaster of Rushe Green Primary School in Lewisham, said the school was “devastated by Sabina’s tragic death”.

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“She was a brilliant teacher; She was kind, caring and completely devoted to her students,” she said. “She had so much life ahead of her and so much to give and her loss is extremely sad.”

Ms Williams said the school will provide specialist support to those who need it.

Ms Nessa, from Kidbrook in southeast London, was found dead on Saturday afternoon near a community centre.

Police were called at around 5.20 pm on information of a dead body at Cater Park on Kidbrook Park Road in the London Borough of Greenwich.

Police said that preliminary inquiry revealed that the attack took place around 20.30 pm on Friday.

Detective Chief Inspector Joe Garrity said that the park was being “used by many people from dog walkers to joggers” at the time.

“Sabina was found near the OneSpace Community Center, which we know is a facility used by many people,” said Mr. Garrity of the Specialist Crime Command.

He said: “We would ask anyone who was in or around the area and who may have any information to come forward.

“Have you seen anyone walking around or acting suspiciously? Or, did you notice someone hastily leaving the area, perhaps running? If you have any information, it is important that you let us know.”

He said that the police is working round the clock to bring justice to the family of this girl.

Trevor Lowry, the chief superintendent responsible for local policing in Greenwich, called it a “shocking incident”.

He added: “Over the next few days, they can expect to see additional high-visibility patrols around the crime scene, as well as in other open locations in the boroughs of Lewisham and Greenwich.”

The post-mortem report done on Monday was inconclusive.

Police said that the inquiry is on.

Anyone with information or any witness has been asked to call the police on 101 and refer to 5747/18. Alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Additional reporting by the Press Association


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