A man has been charged with murder after a school teacher’s body was found buried under a pile of leaves in South East London.
Until recently, he lived with his girlfriend in Eastbourne, East Sussex. They are said to have split up a month ago. Detectives held the former Domino’s delivery driver at 3am on Sunday at a ground-floor flat behind a row of shops and takeaways in Eastbourne.
Sabina was killed as she walked through Cator Park in Kidbrooke, South East London, on September 17. A dog walker covered in leaves near the OpenSpace community center the following day found her body.
She was found just 200 yards from the home she’d lived in since June. Police had appealed for information about a suspect caught on CCTV at a nearby apartment block holding a red item.
Detectives also asked for help to trace a car, thought to be silver, to which the man may have had “access” near the murder scene.
A post-mortem examination proved inconclusive over the cause of Sabina’s death. Police investigating Sabina’s killing had urged drivers who were passing by near where Sabina was killed to check dashcam footage. Tributes have poured in for the “amazing” primary school teacher after her shocking killing.
On Friday night, hundreds of mourners gathered for a candlelight vigil, where Sabina’s sister, Jebina, broke down in tears as she paid an emotional tribute.
“We have lost an amazing, caring, beautiful sister who left this world far too early.” It later emerged that flowers were left at the murder scene on behalf of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.
On Friday, Kate tweeted: “On Friday, she had tweeted: “I am saddened by the loss of another innocent young woman on our streets. “My thoughts are with Sabina’s family and friends and all those who have been affected by this tragic event. C.”
A teacher at Rushey Green Primary School, where Sabina told the Mail on Sunday: “The Year Two pupils, who Sabina taught last year in Year One will be the most upset, and their parents.
“It is hard for teachers to reassure children who are nervous about being at school for the first time, while they are putting on a brave face while consumed with grief themselves.” This story was published by The Sun and reproduced with permission. Published initially as Sabina Nessa murder: Man charged after teacher’s body found.