Sabina Nessa: New crime scene set up and forensics move in as mourners gather yards away from vigil


Police have established a fresh crime scene just yards away from where mourners have gathered to pay tribute to Sabina Nessa in south-east London tonight.

Police established the fresh cordon at around 6.30pm this evening (Friday, September 24), just half an hour before mourners began to gather in the square for a vigil to honour Sabina Nessa.

It is understood the cordon will remain in place all night.

READ MORE:Sabina Nessa’s sister says ‘our world is shattered’ at vigil to honour primary school teacher

Police believe the 28-year-old primary school teacher was killed moments after leaving her flat at around 8.30pm on Friday night (September 17) to meet a date at a pub five minutes from her home.

Her body was found by a dog walker in Cator Park, Kidbrooke on Saturday afternoon (September 18).

Forensics were seen carrying what appear to be evidence bags

A police source told the Telegraph, CCTV appears to show her attacker ‘strike her over the head with an object before carrying her over their shoulder towards Cator Park’.

There are two police vans and two forensics vans parked at the scene this evening (September 24), where forensics have been seen using flashlights and carrying what appear to be evidence bags.

Police released CCTV footage of a suspect earlier today, taken near where the fresh crime scene has been established

Sabina Nessa’s sister has said “our world is shattered” in a speech made at the primary school teacher’s vigil earlier tonight.

Jebina Yasmin Islam spoke tearfully as she remembered her “amazing” and “caring” sister Sabina in front of the hundreds of mourners who had gathered at the event, organised by Reclaim The Streets.

One mourner at the vigil told MyLondon: “Something needs to change – it’s a matter of teaching.”

Sabina’s body was found by a dog walker, hidden under a pile of leaves close to the OneSpace community centre nearly 24 hours after she missed her planned date at The Depot in Pegler Square, Kidbrooke Village.

Monday’s post-mortem on her body was inconclusive.

On the evening of September 18, a man in his 40s was arrested and released under investigation.

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Yesterday (September 23) police arrested a second man, 38, on suspicion of murder at an address in Lewisham. He has also since been released under investigation.

The Metropolitan Police has also released a CCTV video of a man they want to locate and speak to in connection with the death of the primary school teacher.

The newly released CCTV video shows a man walking in Pegler Square, SE3, on the evening police believe Sabina was killed.

Police released the CCTV video today (September 24)
Police released the CCTV video today (September 24)

Officers are urging anyone who recognises the man to make contact with them immediately.

Detective chief inspector Neil John, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “We want to thank those who have shared our image appeal over the last 24 hours – it has gained a huge amount of coverage and we are extremely grateful for the public’s help.

“We are now a week on from Sabina’s [death] and while we have made good progress with our investigation we must keep this appeal for information going and encourage anyone who has any information to come forward.”

Anyone with information should call the police incident room on 0208 721 4266 or Crimestoppers completely anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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