Funeral prayer for
Sabina Nessa, charged
man to appear in court

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LONDON: The funeral of Sabina Nessa, who was attacked as she walked to meet a friend in south-east London, has taken place, following prayers at East London Mosque.

Sabina Nessa

Ms Nessa, 28, was attacked as she walked through Cator Park in Kidbrooke on September 17. Her body was discovered nearly 24 hours later covered with leaves near a community centre in the park, the Asian Image has reported.

On Friday, funeral prayers were said for her at East London Mosque in Whitechapel, east London. Her coffin was then taken to a nearby graveyard for burial.

In a statement to the BBC, Sabina’s family said: “Our loss is immeasurable with the realisation that we will not see our beloved Sabina again.”

Her family also called on the Government to make the UK’s streets safer for women.

“We need everyone, including the Government, to work together with us on this problem. Actions speak louder than words, and we need to see proactive steps being taken for women’s safety.”

A vigil was held in memory of Sabina Nessa

The Home Office has been contacted for comment. Garage worker Koci Selamaj, 36, from Eastbourne, who is charged with Ms Nessa’s murder, will appear in court on December 16 for a plea hearing.

The family of Sabina Nessa has called on the government to make communities safer for women.

The 28-year-old teacher was discovered in Cator Park, Kidbrooke, by a member of the public on 18 September.

Ahead of her funeral, Ms Nessa’s family said they wanted to see “proactive steps being taken for women’s safety”.

The funeral service took place at East London Mosque in Whitechapel on Friday.

The East London Mosque held a funeral prayer for Sabina Nessa

In a statement, Ms Nessa’s family said: “Our loss is immeasurable with the realisation that we will not see our beloved Sabina again.

“While we know that our hearts will be left with a vast void, we were uplifted to receive support from all over the country.”

Calling for action, they added: “Our communities need to be made safer for women, so nothing like this can ever happen again.

“We need everyone, including the government, to work together with us on this problem. Actions speak louder than words, and we need to see proactive steps being taken for women’s safety.”