DETECTIVES investigating the murder of Sabina Nessa fear her killer could strike again.

Officers believe the “brilliant” primary school teacher was killed by a stranger in Cator Park, South East London, just five minutes away from her home on Saturday. 

Cops think she was "approached by an individual and fatally attacked" on Friday night, whilst walking to meet up with friends at a local bar. 

Met detectives today said the 28-year-old left home on Astell Road in Greenwich just before 8.30pm on September 17.

She is believed to have been making her way through Cator Park towards The Depot bar on Pegler Square, Kidbrooke Village, where she planned to meet a friend.

The journey should have taken her five minutes, but Sabina never arrived and cops believe she was murdered as she walked through the park.

Her body was found close to the OneSpace community centre within the park at around 5.30pm the next day, September 18.

But officers have now expressed a concern that another attack by her killer “could” take place. 

Detective Chief Superintendent Trevor Lawry has said: "It's always a concern that it may happen, but that's not something that we have any intelligence on at this time."

When asked whether he believes a stranger was behind the attack, he added: "That's definitely a line of inquiry that we're looking at."

Speaking from the crime scene in Cator Park, Kidbrooke, he added detectives are "keeping a completely open mind" on what the motive of the attacker may have been.

He confirmed that there were “significant” lines of enquiry when asked whether police have any leads on who the killer may be.

DCS Lawry also insisted that London’s "streets are safe for women" following the murder of the primary school teacher.

He added: "The streets are safe for women, I'd like to reassure the public around that, I'd like to make sure that people are free to walk around free from fear and my officers will make sure that that can take place.

"I think the main things that are changing are that, one, we're listening to people, we're understanding where people are feeling not so safe, and we're putting out patrols to make sure that we do that.

"This isn't just a policing issue, there's lots of issues to be able to make people feel safe in an open space and we're working with our partners to ensure we do that."


Friends of Sabina have paid tribute to the teacher, and said that they are now walking in groups because they were so terrified after her death.

One told The Sun “I can’t believe what’s happened. It’s horrific. My heart is broken for her. 

“Sabina was a beautiful woman – she had the whole world ahead of her.

“It’s so sad. She was so special. Her job was a huge part of her life. The school pupils were so special to her.

“We’re now walking in groups as a result of this. We’re not going out alone. I fear this will be a man who could strike again.

“I’m scared. We’re now keeping our movements shared with each other. We’re not going out alone.”

Sabina’s journey should have taken just over five minutes but she never made it to her destination

Sabina's death has sparked outrage after she joined a growing list of women killed in public spaces in London in recent months.

A vigil, supported by Reclaim These Streets, will take place on Friday at Peglar Square, in Kidbrooke, to pay tribute to her. 

It will take place at 7pm, and those who attend are encouraged to bring their own candles to show their respects. 

Officers have confirmed that they will be attending the vigil at a press conference earlier today.

Reassurance patrols also took place in Kidbrooke Village with cops handing out personal attack alarms and leaflets on personal safety.


Sabina’s devastated sister has now paid tribute to her, writing online: “My beautiful, talented and caring sister. 

“My inspiration to always put myself first and never let anybody put me down.

“Never in my life did I or my sisters or my mum or dad think this could happen to us.

“May Allah grant her Jannah. Ameen.”

Sabina’s cousin Zubel Ahmed added that her parents have been left “absolutely devastated” by her death. 

Speaking to ITV News he said: "She was due to go to see her family this weekend.

“She could not even do that one last time. Nothing is making sense to us.”

He added the “shock has not sunk in” and she was a “beautiful, kind, caring soul.”


Officers today remain at the scene in Cator Park where Sabina's body was found.

A man in his 40s was arrested on suspicion of murder but has been released under investigation.

A post-mortem examination carried out at Greenwich Mortuary on Monday found the cause of Sabina’s death as inconclusive.

The Met's Detective Inspector Joe Garrity, who is leading the murder investigation, believes there are "still others out there who may have information" that could help.

He said: "If you think you saw Sabina or any suspicious behaviour in or around the park on Friday evening please speak to us.

“Sabina’s journey should have taken just over five minutes but she never made it to her destination.

"We know the community are rightly shocked by this murder – as are we – and we are using every resource available to us to find the individual responsible.”

Anyone with information is urged to call police on 0208 721 4266 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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