An “evil” killer who murdered primary school teacher Sabina Nessa in a London park has been sentenced to life in prison.
Koci Selamaj, a 36-year-old garage worker, will serve at least 36 years in prison for the “wild” sexually-motivated assault. Sky news reported.
CCTV footage showed Selamaj hitting 28-year-old Nessa on the head until she was unconscious before carrying her away. Then “he strangled her, stripped off some clothes and tried to hide her body,” according to police BBC called.
Mr Judge Sweeney said Nessa was the “completely innocent victim of an absolutely appalling murder which was entirely the fault of the accused”. Selamaj refused to visit the Old Bailey and was convicted in his absence.
He made his court appearance for the first time last year charged with the “premeditated and rapacious” murder of Nessa, whose shocking death fueled calls for urgent action to improve the safety of women on Britain’s streets.
The 28-year-old was found dead on Saturday September 18, 2021 in Cator Park, Kidbrooke, in the south-east of the capital. She had left her nearby home around 8.30pm the previous day to go on a date at a bar less than ten minutes away but has not been seen since.
On September 30, the Old Bailey heard that Selamaj used a 2-foot gun to repeatedly hit Nessa before carrying her away unconscious, the reported BBC.
Nessa’s body was discovered the next morning by a member of the public walking his dog. “At first he spoke to her and thought it was someone drunk asleep in the tall grass. Then he realized she was dead,” his neighbor told dem evening standard.
A first autopsy carried out on September 20 was inconclusive.
Prosecutor Alison Morgan QC told the court it was a “premeditious and predatory” attack by a stranger and there was no indication Selamaj knew Nessa. Selamaj, from Eastbourne, East Sussex, appeared in court via a video link from Wormwood Scrubs and was assisted by an Albanian interpreter. The guard reported.
At a vigil in Pegler Square in the village of Kidbrooke on the evening of September 24, attended by more than 500 people, Jebina Yasmin Islam, Nessa’s sister, collapsed as she addressed the crowd. “We have lost an amazing, caring, beautiful sister who left this world far too soon,” she said BBC reported.
Vigils were also held in Hackney, Newham, Bristol and Brighton, while many lit candles on her doorstep to pay tribute to Nessa, who taught pupils aged five and six and was described by her cousin as “the kindest, sweetest girl ever.” you could meet” was described. .
Selamaj’s arrest on September 26 followed a call from Scotland Yard to help locate a bald man in gray jeans and a black jacket who was caught in CCTV images taken near Cator Park. He was the third man arrested in connection with Nessa’s murder. The week before, detectives had arrested a man in his 40s and a 38-year-old man, both of whom were released pending further investigation.
Kent and Metropolitan Police officers searched a wooded area near Tunbridge Wells as part of the ongoing investigation into Nessa’s murder. Witnesses also saw search drones in the sky, KentOnline reported.
Nessa’s brutal murder came six months after the high-profile kidnapping, rape and murder of a 33-year-old marketing executive Sarah Everhard just eight miles away in Clapham, South London. Everard was murdered by a stranger – Metropolitan Police Officer Wayne Couzens, who was sentenced to a rare life sentence on September 30 after pleading guilty to the murder in July.
Lord Justice Fulford said Couzens committed “twisting, selfish and violent offenses which were both sexual and homicidal” and that the final moments in his victim’s life were “as bleak and torturous as can be imagined”.
Just nine months before Everard’s death, sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman were stabbed to death by a stranger at Fryent Country Park in Wembley, north west London. In the past year alone, 105 women were murdered in the UK in cases where a man is the prime suspect ITV News and Counting Dead Women – a group investigating the murder of women in Britain.
Questions have been raised as to why the disappearance and murder of Everard – a white woman – initially received significantly more press coverage than that of Nessa, a black woman. “ALL women deserve the same level of support and attention,” the charity Women’s Aid wrote on Twitter. “It’s not good enough that victims from black and marginalized communities aren’t given the same profile.”
writing for The Telegraph On September 23, Jamie Klingler, co-founder of the Reclaim These Streets movement that organized the vigil, said she was heartbroken by Nessa’s killing and frustrated that “nothing has been done to improve safety for women” since Everard’s killing.
“That our lives and safety are not a priority is something women understand,” she wrote. “There is a higher fine for throwing rubbish than for harassing a woman in the street. Stealing a dog carries a longer sentence than strangling a woman. What is our life worth? What is our security worth?”
Detective Chief Superintendent Trevor Lawry, who is in charge of the Kidbrooke Police Department, has insisted the streets are safe for women. “I want to reassure the public about this,” he said. “I want to make sure that people can roam free, free from fear, and my officers will make sure that can happen,” he said.
Following the discovery of Nessa’s body, Greenwich Council quickly distributed more than 200 safety alerts to women and those at risk in the Kidbrooke area, according to sources My London. The move drew significant criticism, with many accusing the council of making male violence a women’s issue – rather than addressing its causes.
“Doing out alerts and increasing streetlights only sheds a brighter light on the inadequacy of the state’s response,” wrote one social media user.
writing for them BBC, Bethan Bell expanded on this point. “Women are not attacked because of our way home; we don’t get attacked because our walk wasn’t ‘directed’ enough or because of our clothes,” she explained.
“If a woman is murdered by a man she doesn’t know, it’s because he wanted to murder her. There is no other reason.”
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