Where is Koci Selamaj now? | The Murder of Sabina Nessa

Koci Selamaj

What did Koci Selamaj do?

Koci Selamaj is an Albanian man who murdered Sabina Nessa in southeast London on the evening of the 17th of September 2021. Her body was found the next day in Cator Park, Greenwich. Sabina had been brutally beaten and strangled.

Sabina Nessa was a teacher at Rushey Green Primary School in Lewisham, South East London, and she was 28 years old when she died. On the day of the murder, Selamaj had checked into The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne, having booked a one-night stay earlier in the week. At around 8:30 pm, Nessa left her home to make on a 5-minute walk to meet a friend at a pub. While Nessa was walking through the park, Selamaj knocked her unconscious with a traffic triangle, dragged her into the bushes, and strangled her. 

Despite Nessa not arriving at the pub, she was not reported missing. At 5:30 pm on the 18th of September, a dog walker found Nessa’s body in the park.


What happened during the investigation and trial? 

On 23 September, police arrested 38-year-old Selamaj on suspicion of murder after he was identified on CCTV footage of the attack. Selamaj was charged with murder on the 27th of September. Selamaj appeared at the Old Bailey via video link from HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs on the 30th of September.

On the 16th of December 2021, Selamaj pleaded not guilty to murder, but admitted to being responsible for Nessa’s death. A pre-trial hearing was set for the 25th of February 2022, and the trial was scheduled to last 2 weeks and was set for June 2022. On the 25th of February 2022, Selamaj pleaded guilty to murder at the start of the trial at the Old Bailey. On the 7th of April, Selamaj was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 36 years.


Where is Koci Selamaj now?

Koci Selamaj is currently serving his life sentence in prison for the murder of Sabina Nessa. However, he is likely to be among 11 murderers to be deported from the UK back to Albania using brand new powers after talks have been ongoing between the 2 countries.


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