Albanian man sentenced to life imprisonment for killing a school teacher


A man named Koci Selamaj has been sentenced to the punishment of life imprisonment for the murder of British primary school teacher Sabina Nessa.

Koci Selamaj is expected to spend at least 36 years of his life after being found guilty of killing the 28-year old teacher as she walked to meet a friend in London.


The murderer is identified as Serlamaj, aged about 36-year-old, a garage worker from the southern town of Eastbourne who had pleaded guilty to carrying out.

Nessa’s body was found dead on September 18 in a park in Kidbrooke, southeast London, minutes from their home.

CCTV images showed Selamaj attacking Nessa from behind and hitting her on the head 34 times with a metal traffic triangle.

Judge Nigel Sweeney said the defendant had clearly shown “no remorse” in his defence of the random assault. Prosecutors had said the murder was sexually motivated.

Nessa’s death sparked new concerns about gender-based violence on the streets of Britain and the safety of women.

Her murder comes six months after the kidnapping, rape and murder of 33-year-old Sarah Everard by a serving police officer in south London.


Addressing Selamaj, Nessa’s parents, Abdur Rauf and Azibun Nessa said in a statement: “You had no right to take her away from us in such a cruel way.”

“The moment the police officer came to our house and told us she was found dead, our world shattered into pieces. How could you do such a thing to an innocent girl walking by, minding her own business.”

“You are not a human being; you are an animal,” the teacher’s family added.

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