Man pleads guilty to murder of school teacher Sabina Nessa 9 months ago

Man pleads guilty to murder of school teacher Sabina Nessa

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Sabina's body was found at a London park in September 2021.


A man has pleaded guilty to the murder of Sabina Nessa.

Koci Selamaj attacked the 28-year-old primary school teacher while she walked in a park in south-east London, on 17 September 2021. She had been on her way from her home in Kidbrooke to a pub to meet a friend.

Selamaj admitted to the murder at the Old Bailey on Friday.


At the start of his trial, the 38-year-old was asked how he wished to plead to the charge of murder. He responded: “Guilty."

On the day of 17 September, he was said to have travelled to London to carry out a pre-meditated "predatory attack on a stranger". It was alleged that he strangled her in a "sexually motivated" attack.

Sabina's body was discovered in the park on the day after the attack, September 18.


Selamaj was later arrested in the seaside town of Eastbourne and charged with murder on 26 September. At the time, he pleaded not guilty.

At a previous hearing, it was said that he carried out the attack with "extreme violence".

He had no previous convictions and was not known to the victim.

Sabina's murder reignited anger and fear surrounding the safety of women on the UK's streets. She was second woman to be killed in a high profile case in London in 2021, following the death of Sarah Everard in March.