Garage worker admits killing teacher in park

A garage worker has pleaded guilty to killing primary teacher Sabina Nessa, 28, in a park.


Koci Selamaj, 36, drove from his home in Eastbourne, East Sussex, all the way to London to carry out the pre-meditated attack on September 17, 2021.


He lurked around Cator Park in Kidbrooke, south-east London, for half an hour before targeting the teacher as she passed through on her way to meet a friend.


It is reported that Ms Nessa did not know her attacker.


Garage worker admits killing teacher in park


The court heard about CCTV footage that showed the moment the 36-year-old repeatedly struck Ms Nessa 34 times with “extreme violence” using a 2ft long weapon believed to be a traffic triangle, before carrying her unconscious body away.


The prosecution alleged that Selamaj, an Albanian national, then strangled the 28-year-old in what was suspected to be a sexually-motivated attack.


He disposed of the weapon in a river and was then seen using wipes to clean a bench before heading back to the south coast.


The primary school teacher’s body was found nearly 24 hours later covered in grass.


Selamaj was arrested and charged nine days later, on September 26.


Garage worker admits killing teacher in park


The defendant pleaded guilty to the killing at a hearing at the Old Bailey on Friday, February 25.


The court heard he had previously been violent towards his former partner, putting his hands around her throat in a strangling motion.


Mr Justice Sweeney adjourned sentencing until April 7.