A schoolteacher has been killed in a park in London, the police have announced.
Police have opened multiple lines of investigation into the death of Sabina Nessea, a schoolteacher who was born in Sandy, Bedfordshire and had studied at the University of Bedfordshire.
Here is everything we know so far about the tragic incident:
The 28-year-old’s body was discovered in Cator Park in southeast London on Saturday near a community centre. A member of the public discovered her body and reported it to police. They confirmed the discovery.
Police stated that initial investigations suggest that the attack took place on Friday around 20.30pm.
Detective Chief Inspector Joe Garrity said the park was “likely being used by many people from dog walkers to joggers” at the time.
“Sabina was found near the OneSpace community centre which we know is a facility used by lots of people,” He stated.
Have the police made any arrests yet?
Police arrested a 40 year-old man under suspicion of murder. Under further investigation, he was released.
Garrity asked for anyone with information that could aid the investigation, including dashcam footage, to contact Garrity.
“We would ask anyone who was in or around the area and who may have any information to come forward.
“Did you see someone loitering or acting suspiciously? Or, did you see someone leaving the area in a hurry, perhaps running away? If you have any information, it is vital you tell us.”
He said police were “working around the clock to deliver justice for the family of this young woman”.
Chief Superintendent Trevor Lawry, who responsible for local policing in Greenwich, called it a “shocking incident”.
He said: “Over the next few days, they can expect to see extra high-visibility patrols both in and around the crime scene as well as other open spaces across the boroughs of Lewisham and Greenwich.”
How have people reacted?
Lisa Williams, the headteacher of Rushey Green Primary School in Lewisham where Nessa had worked since July 2020, said in a statement that the school was “devastated by Sabina‘s tragic death”.
“She was a brilliant teacher; she was kind, caring and absolutely dedicated to her pupils,” she said. “She had so much life ahead of her and so much more to give and her loss is desperately sad.”
She added that the school would be providing specialist support to those who need it.
Meanwhile, people paid tribute to Nessa on social media and urged the media to ensure the story is given the same attention as the tragic death of Sarah Everard who was abducted and murdered in Clapham earlier this year.
Activist group Reclaim these Streets announced there would be a vigil to honour Nessa:
Women’s aid has also started the hashtag #SaySabinasName to help her get justice.