Tuesday, June 28, 2022

UK teacher’s killer gets at least 36 years behind bars

A British judge has sentenced a sexual predator to at least 36 years in prison for the murder of Sabina Nessa, a primary school teacher killed as she walked to meet a friend in London

LONDON — A British judge on Friday sentenced to a sexual predator to at least 36 years in prison for the murder of Sabina Nessa, a primary school teacher killed as she walked to meet a friend in London.

Koci Selamaj, from Eastbourne on England’s south coast, pleaded guilty to carrying out the premeditated attack on Sept. 17. Closed circuit television images captured the moment the garage worker attacked Nessa from behind and hit her over the head 34 times with a 2-foot-long metal traffic triangle.

Nessa, 28, was found dead in a park in Kidbrooke, southeast London. Her killing — as she walked through a park just a few minutes from her home — fueled concerns that women aren’t safe on the streets of Britain’s capital.

Hundreds of people held a candlelight vigil in her memory soon after her death, demanding an end to violence against women.

Nessa’s death came six months after the abduction, rape and murder of 33-year-old Sarah Everard in south London by a serving police officer. The Everard case shocked the country and also saw people take to the streets to denounce violence against women.

“It is a striking feature of the defendant’s case that, clearly deliberately, it is not suggested by him that he had any remorse for what he did to Sabina Nessa,” Judge Nigel Sweeney said.

Selamaj chose not to attend the sentencing for the random attack.

Addressing Selamaj, Nessa’s parents Abdur Rouf and Azibun Nessa said in a statement: “You had no right to take her away from us in such a cruel way.”

“The moment the police officer came to our house and told us she was found dead our world shattered into pieces.” her parents said. “How could you do such a thing to an innocent girl walking by, minding her own business.”

“You are not a human being, you are an animal.”

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