What happened to Sabina Nessa?

SABINA Nessa was murdered in a park just minutes away from her home in South East London.

A man, aged in his 40s, arrested on suspicion of murder has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

What happened to Sabina Nessa?

Police believe the "brilliant" teacher, who had worked helping non-English speakers develop their language skills, was set upon in September 2021 after setting off from her home to meet a friend in a pub.

The 28-year-old was discovered hidden under a pile of leaves by a dog walker in Cator Park in Kidbrooke, South East London.

Police believe Sabina was attacked at 8.30pm on Friday when the park was likely to be full of joggers and dog walkers.

Anyone who with information or who saw someone loitering or acting suspiciously has been asked to police on 101 quoting reference 5747/18.

Met detectives said Sabina left home on Astell Road in Greenwich just before 8.30pm on Friday, September 17.

She is believed to have been making her way through Cator Park towards The Depot bar on Pegler Square, Kidbrooke Village, where she planned to meet a friend.

The journey should have taken her five minutes, but Sabina never arrived at the pub and is thought to have been murdered as she walked through the park.

What have Sabina Nessa's family and friends said about the tragedy?

Her cousin Zubel Ahmed told ITV News: "She's been attacked on the way home and she was five minutes away from here walking home her usual route that she's been taking for the last few weeks where she's been working from school to home, going back and forth.

"She was due to go and see her family at the weekend and even that… she couldn't even do that one last time unfortunately."

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Zubel paid tribute to his cousin and described her as the "sweetest person".

He said the devastated family do not understand how "someone can do this".

Zubel added: "We went and saw her parents, they are inconsolable. It's the worst way for someone to go.

"The shock has not sunk in. She was a beautiful, kind, caring soul.

"I express my deepest sympathies for her sisters – Mum and dad are absolutely devastated.

"Nothing is making sense to us, why was she taken from us we just don't know."

Sabina's death has sparked outrage after she joined a growing list of women killed in public spaces in London in recent months.

Campaigners are now demanding action to tackle violence against women in the wake of the latest tragedy.

Our Streets Now said: "It’s why we don’t walk where we want, when we want.

“It’s why we tense at the sound of a car pulling up, or of a man crossing the street towards us.

“It’s why 1 in 5 girls have avoided their place of education.

“Please, stop telling us we’re overreacting.

“Sabina Nessa, Sarah Everard, Bibaa Henry, Nicole Smallman.

“And these are just the names that we remember.

“Male violence is killing us. It’s restricting our right to be free and equal citizens.

“We need change, now.”

A candlelight vigil has been organised by Reclaim These Streets at 7pm September 23 in Kidbrooke Village.

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