Primary school teacher Sabina Nessa, 28, was beaten to death with ‘2ft long weapon’ in ‘premeditated and predatory attack’ as Albanian ex Domino’s delivery driver, 36, appears in court accused of her murder
An ex-Domino’s delivery driver accused of beating primary school teacher Sabina Nessa to death ‘in a premeditated and predatory attack’ was remanded in custody today.
Koci Selamaj, 36, is alleged to have loitered for half an hour in Cator Park in Kidbrooke, sud-est Londra before murdering the 28-year-old woman a few minutes from her home.
Ms Nessa left her house on Astell Road after arranging to meet a friend at The Depot bar in Pegler Square, Kidbrooke Village, south-east London on September 17.
Her body was found by a member of the public almost 24 ore dopo vicino al centro comunitario di OneSpace, hidden under a pile of leaves.
It is claimed her attacker used a 2ft long weapon to strike her repeatedly before carrying her away unconscious.
Selamaj, who appeared at the Old Bailey via video link from HMP Wormwood Scrubs wearing a green and yellow prison-issue jumpsuit, was remanded in custody after indicating a not guilty plea at an earlier hearing.
The Albanian national, from Eastbourne, Sussex, who heard proceedings through an interpreter, spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth.
Koci Selamaj (sinistra), from Eastbourne, East Sussex, was arrested in the seaside town in the early hours of Sunday. Sabina In (giusto) was killed as she walked through Cator Park in Kidbrooke, a sud-est di Londra, on her way to meet a friend on September 17
Sabina In, 28, originario del Bedfordshire. Ms Nessa was killed as she walked through Cator Park in Kidbrooke, a sud-est di Londra, on her way to meet a friend on September 17
Selamaj, who has no previous convictions, was described as a quiet introvert by neighbours and local shopowners in the seaside town of Eastbourne.
Until recently Selamaj had been living with his Romanian girlfriend in the flat behind a burger takeaway in the centre of Eastbourne, but the couple recently split up.
A neighbour said: ‘On Sunday morning police arrived around 3am. It wasn’t until I left at 8am that I saw that they were still here and they’ve been here ever since.
‘From what we’ve seen he was really nice. I’ve got a little girl and he’s offered to take the buggy down for me. He’s helped me open bin lids and he seemed to be a really nice person.’
A worker in a newsagents near the flat where Selamaj was living said he would come in to the shop to top up his phone or energy key, but would not make conversation.
At the Old Bailey, Prosecutor Alison Morgan QC said: ‘The defendant is 36 as of this year and had no previous convictions.
‘He is an Albanian national. There is nothing to suggest the defendant and the deceased were known to each other.
‘The prosecution suggests this was a premeditated and predatory attack on a stranger.
‘At the time of these events, the defendant was living at a flat in Eastbourne, East Sussex.
‘He has legal status in this country. He was working at a garage in the Eastbourne area.
‘On the evening of 17 settembre, Sabina Nessa made plans to meet with a friend at a bar called The Depot in Kidbrooke Village.
‘In order to get to that location, she took a route through Cator Park in Kidbrooke Village.
‘She was attacked and killed in Cator Park. Some of her movements through the park and the attack on her were captured on CCTV footage.’
Remanding him in custody Recorder of London, Il giudice Mark Lucraft, disse: ‘The next hearing, in questo caso, will be on 16 December.’
The suspect is understood to have been working as a Domino’s delivery driver in Eastbourne and is thought to be originally from eastern Europe
Koci Selamaj, from Eastbourne, East Sussex, was arrested in the seaside town in the early hours of Sunday (nella foto: Police in Eastbourne on Sunday)
Più di 500 sostenitori, compresa la sorella della signora Nessa, Jebina, riuniti in piazza Pegler per una veglia venerdì
Ms Morgan continued: ‘Post-mortem examinations are ongoing.
‘The pathologist has indicated a number of likely causes of death, but those are ongoing as is the consideration of what else may have happened by way of attack to the deceased at that time.’
Ms Morgan added: ‘At the time of these events the defendant was living at an address in Eastbourne.
‘He has legal status in this country and he was working at a garage in the Eastbourne area.
Mr Selamaj, from Eastbourne, East Sussex, was arrested in the seaside town in the early hours of Sunday, and a light-coloured Nissan Micra was seized in a residential street around half a mile away.
Di venerdì, hundreds of people – including Ms Nessa’s sister – gathered for a candlelit vigil organised in Pegler Square, Kidbrooke, in her memory.
Jebina Yasmin Islam broke down as she addressed crowds.
Lei disse: "Le parole non possono descrivere come ci sentiamo", sembra che siamo bloccati in un brutto sogno e non possiamo uscirne – our world is shattered, we are simply lost for words.
‘No family should go through what we are going through.’