Sabina Nessa was killed on the five minute walk to a local bar last Friday night.
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A new report claims that CCTV footage unearthed by police shows exactly what happened to 28-year-old primary school teacher Sabina Nessa, who was killed on her way to a date on Friday, 17 September. The Metropolitan Police have not confirmed it, but the Telegraph reports a “police source” says the footage details Sabina’s attack in Kidbrooke, London.
Sabina left her flat at around 8.30pm, heading for The Depot bar in Kidbrooke’s Pegler Square – only a five minute walk from her home. But according to the Telegraph report, the young woman was struck on the head with an undetermined object moments after leaving the communal door of her building. The CCTV allegedly then shows Sabina Nessa’s attacker carrying her off over his shoulder, heading towards Cator Park. Her body was discovered in the park the following day by a dog walker, hidden under a pile of leaves near a community centre.
While the police haven’t officially shared this information, so it is yet to be confirmed, the Met did last week release pictures from other CCTV footage which showed a man they want to trace. The images showed a man in a dark top and grey trousers walking in Pegler Square, which should have been Sabina’s destination had she not been attacked. “We would ask anyone – especially those in Kidbrooke and the wider area of Lewisham and Greenwich – to take a careful look at these images to check whether you know who this man is or have seen him over recent days,” said Detective Chief Inspector Neil John, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, in a statement at the time.
“Any information as to his identity or whereabouts could be vital for our investigation so we are asking you to share this image far and wide to ensure as many people as possible see it,” the detective added.
Days later, the police continued their appeal to identify the man in the tape, and said: “It is thought that the man is shown holding a reflective red item in the CCTV footage. Officers retain an open mind as to whether this was used in the attack on Sabina.”
Detective Chief Inspector Neil John added: “People in the Kidbrooke area last Friday may recall seeing this man carrying a red reflective object, and possibly trying to conceal it up his sleeve. If so, please call police.”
The release of the CCTV images first came after police arrested a 38-year-old man at an address in Lewisham in relation to Sabina’s murder. However, he was later released, and another man has since been arrested. The new arrest, of a 36-year-old man in East Sussex, took place at 3am on Sunday, 26 September. He has been taken into police custody.
A post-mortem examination carried out on Sabina Nessa’s body last Monday came back inconclusive. Our thoughts are with her family at this incredibly difficult time.
Anyone with any information relating to the case is urged to call the Metropolitan Police’s incident room on 0208 721 4266, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.