"He was so quiet, he didn't say anything"
A 36-year-old man has been charged with the murder of primary school teacher Sabina Nessa.
Former Domino’s delivery driver Koci Selamaj, of Eastbourne, East Sussex, was arrested in the town in the early hours of September 26, 2021.
A Nissan Micra was seized in a residential street around half a mile away.
Selamaj, who is believed to be Eastern European, will appear at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on September 28, 2021.
A worker at a newsagent near the flat where Selamaj was living said he would come into the shop to top up his phone or energy key but would remain silent.
The shop worker said:
“He was so quiet, he didn’t say anything, just came to top up and left.”
Ms Nessa was killed as she walked through Cator Park in Kidbrooke, south-east London, to meet a friend at a pub on September 17, 2021.
A member of the public discovered her body the following day and a murder investigation was launched.
On September 24, 2021, hundreds of people attended a vigil to pay tribute to Ms Nessa.
Sabina’s sister Jebina Yasmin Islam thanked the crowd for attending.
She said: “We have lost an amazing, caring, beautiful sister who left this world far too early.
“She didn’t reach her 29th birthday next month.
“Sabina loved her family. We have lost a sister, my parents have lost their daughter, and my girls have lost such a brilliant and caring auntie who dearly loved them.
“Words cannot describe how we are feeling. It feels like we are stuck in a bad dream and can’t get out of it. Our world is shattered.
“We have simply lost the words. No family should go through what we are going through.”
Lisa Ramsarran, from the CPS, said:
“The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised the Metropolitan Police Service to charge Koci Selamaj, 36, with one count of murder.
“The charge relates to the murder of 28-year-old primary school teacher Sabina Nessa in Kidbrooke, south-east London, on Friday, 17 September 2021.
“The CPS London Homicide Unit authorised the charge following a review of a file of evidence received from the Metropolitan Police Service.
“The defendant’s first court appearance will take place on 28 September 2021.
“The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against the defendant are active and that he has a right to a fair trial.
“It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”