A man charged with “planned and predatory” murder by elementary school teacher Sabina Nessa has appeared in court.
Koci Selamaj, 36, has been accused of killing Nessa, who walked to meet a friend in Kidbrooke, southeast London, on Friday, September 17.
Postmortem examinations have not yet identified the cause of her death, but courts have been told that “extreme violence” is involved.
Garage worker Seramaji was arrested early Sunday in Eastbourne, East Sussex.
The court heard that Mr. Seramaji used a two-foot-long weapon to repeatedly attack Mr. Nessa before unknowingly taking him away.
Prosecutor Allison Morgan QC said there were no signs of knowing Nessa and that the killing was a “planned and predatory” attack on strangers.
From Albania, Seramaji appeared in Old Bailey on Thursday via a video link from Wormwood Scrubs Prison. Wearing a green and yellow prison top, he spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth with the help of an Albanian interpreter.
He was detained prior to the December 16 plea trial. Mr. Seramaji’s lawyer has already shown that he is acquitted.
Nessa was killed shortly after leaving home to go through Kato Park to a local pub. Her body was found near a community center in the park almost 24 hours later.
Hundreds of people gathered on Friday night to commemorate Nessa’s life and call for the end of violence against women.
Nessa’s sister, Jebina Yasmine Islam, sobbed when she spoke to the crowd.
“Words can’t explain our feelings. It feels like we’re stuck in a bad dream and we can’t get out of it. Our world shatters and we simply lose words. “She said.
“Family should not experience what we are experiencing.”