Police have arrested a suspect in connection to the murder of UK teacher Sabina Nessa who was killed in a London Park.
The body of school teacher Sabina Nessa, 28, was discovered under a pile of leaves by a dog walker on September 17 in Cator Park in Kidbrooke, southeast London.
Metropolitan Police say they believe she was attacked at around 8.30pm on Friday night, while making the five-minute walk to meet a friend at a local bar.
A 38-year-old man in Lewisham, south London, has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Police have also released CCTV footage of a second man and a vehicle, appealing to anyone who recognised either to make immediate contact.
"Any information as to his identity or whereabouts could be vital for our investigation," said Detective Chief Inspector Neil John.
A post-mortem carried out on Monday was inconclusive, police said.
The teacher was 'five minutes' from home
According to police, Ms Nessa was only minutes from her home.
"Sabina's journey should have taken just over five minutes but she never made it to her destination," said Detective Inspector Joe Garrity.
Ms Nessa’s sister described the teacher as her “inspiration” as well as her “beautiful, talented and caring” sibling.
“My beautiful, talented & caring sister," she wrote. "My inspiration to always put myself first & never let anybody put me down. Never in my life did I or my sisters or my mum or dad think this could happen to us. May Allah grant her JannahAmeen #SabinaNessa.”
my beautiful talented & caring sister❤️my inspiration to always put myself first & never let anybody put me down💗never in my life did I or my sisters or my mum or dad think this could happen to us. May Allah grant her Jannah🤍Ameen #SabinaNessa pic.twitter.com/wVUIaR8WuG
— ✨ (@jaxjn02) September 22, 2021
A vigil, supported by campaign group Reclaim the Streets, is planned for Friday night.
MPs said more action to improve women’s safety was needed, with Lewisham East MP Janet Daby saying she was “devastated for the family and friends of Sabina Nessa, and all those who knew her at Rushey Green School”.
Earlier this year, the disappearance of Sarah Everard, 33, a marketing executive, as she walked to her London home made headlines across the world. Her remains were found a few days later and former Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens pleaded guilty to her kidnapping, rape and murder.
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