Sabrina Nessa ‘murder’: ‘How many more women have to die?’ – Angry Kidbrooke residents call for London’s streets to be made less dark


Residents of Kidbrooke in South East London have expressed anger over a young woman’s death in the area and are calling for their streets to be made safer.

Sabina Nessa, 28, was found dead in a South East London park on Saturday (September 18) just five minutes away from her home.

The primary school teacher is understood to have been hit over the head with a weapon shortly after leaving her home on Astell Road at around 8.30pm on Friday (September 17).

READ MORE: Body of murdered primary school teacher left undiscovered for hours after her death

Her body was not found until just after 5.30pm on Saturday in nearby Cator Park, with an initial post-mortem returning an inconclusive medical cause of death .

The Metropolitan Police have since arrested a 38-year-old man on suspicion of murder.

A CCTV appeal is also underway to find a man the police want to speak to who was seen walking in nearby Peglar Square on the evening Sabina died.



Sabina Nessa
Sabina has been remembered by the local community

Residents from Kidbrooke have described their anger and sadness over Sabina’s tragic death.

Lucy Tams has lived in the Kidbrooke area for three years and said she feels “hopeless and heartbroken” over Sabina’s death.

She told My London “When it comes to women’s safety, it always feels like a total afterthought until something like this happens.

“How many more women have to die until something changes?”

Mum-of-three Michelle has lived just outside Kidbrooke for 16 years and said she hasn’t felt safe in the area for a long time.

“I haven’t felt safe for me or my sons for years, which has caused me terrible anxiety and medical issues,” Michelle said.



Sabina Nessa murder, Kidbrooke, South East London
Flowers in tribute to Sabina Nessa at Cator Park

When it comes to women’s safety in the area, Michelle believes the authorities are “more interested in cycle lanes, bus lanes and clean air.”

“Adequate lighting and decent cameras along public walkways that need it wouldn’t go amiss,” Michelle added.

Other residents described their shock that this incident has occurred so close to home.

One resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said she is in a state of disbelief: “I can’t even put it into words. I think the main thing I’m feeling is anger.”

A vigil organised by the Kidbrooke community will be held this evening (September 24) at 7pm in Peglar Square.

Those who cannot attend in person have been invited to light a candle in Sabina’s memory wherever they are.

Rebecca Broad has been involved in organising a community walk in Sabina’s memory which will take place on October 1.

“Kidbrooke has a wonderfully strong community full of people that really do care for one another. Sabina has been in all of our thoughts this week,” Rebecca said.

“There are a number of things that could help us all especially women feel more confident when walking alone, including better lighting in the area with paths clearly lit throughout.

“I have found the area really dark in some places and it can make you quite anxious when alone.”

To pay tribute or share your memories of Sabina Nessa, please feel free to email sylvie.wilkinson@reachplc.com

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Author: Shirley