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CPS London authorises murder charge in Sabina Nessa case

|News, Violent crime

Lisa Ramsarran, from the CPS, said: “The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised the Metropolitan Police Service to charge Koci Selamaj, 36, with one count of murder. The charge relates to the murder of 28-year-old primary school teacher Sabina Nessa in Kidbrooke, south-east London, on Friday, 17 September 2021.

“The CPS London Homicide Unit authorised the charge following a review of a file of evidence received from the Metropolitan Police Service.

“The defendant’s first court appearance will take place on 28 September 2021.

“The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against the defendant are active and that he has a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”

Notes to editors

  • Koci Selamaj (DOB: 4.5.1985) is from Eastbourne in East Sussex
  • Lisa Ramsarran is the Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor of the pan-London Homicide Unit in CPS London North
  • The function of the CPS is not to decide whether a person is guilty of a criminal offence, but to make fair, independent and objective assessments about whether it is appropriate to present charges for a criminal court to consider
  • The CPS assessment of any case is not in any sense a finding of, or implication of, any guilt or criminal conduct. It is not a finding of fact, which can only be made by a court, but rather an assessment of what it might be possible to prove to a court, in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

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