The further education college where teacher Sabina Nessa studied has paid tribute to her after her body was found in a South London park on Saturday (September 18).
Primary school teacher Nessa was found dead in Cator Park just five minutes away from her home in Kidbrooke at 5.30pm on Saturday, but police believe she was killed hours earlier on Friday around 8.30pm.
Central Bedfordshire College said they were ‘shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the tragic death of Sabina Nessa who was a valued member of our community’.
She studied at the college in 2018 to take her Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, she later went on to take her Primary Education certificate at the University of Bedfordshire.
The college added: “We remember her as a lovely student with a positive attitude and a wonderful sense of humour, who was hardworking, resourceful and engaging.
“Our thoughts are with Sabina’s family at this unthinkably difficult time.”
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The University of Greenwich also said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened to hear the news of former student Sabina Nessa’s passing. Our thoughts are with her friends and family at this time.”
Today (September 23), police arrested a man, 38, an address in Lewisham on suspicion of murder – he was taken into custody where he remains.
Police also released images of a man they want to speak to, CCTV shows him walking in Pegler Square SE3 on the evening Sabina was attacked.
Police also released an image of a silver vehicle they believe the man has access to, which was also captured in the Pegler Square area.
Police are urging anyone who recognises the man and vehicle to make contact immediately.
Detective chief inspector Neil John, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “Our team have been working tirelessly to find the person responsible for Sabina’s [death] and this has included an extensive trawl of CCTV, work which remains ongoing.
“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.
“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.”
Anyone with information or any witnesses can call police on 101, reference 5747/18.
Contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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