Funeral for murdered teacher Sabina Nessa, 28, is held with prayers at East London Mosque 

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, 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.

Funeral prayers were said for her at East London Mosque in Whitechapel in a ceremony held by Sheikh Mohammed Mahmoud OBE earlier today before her coffin was taken to a nearby graveyard for burial.

Sabina’s family lamented their ‘immeasurable loss’ and called on the Government to take ‘proactive steps’ to make streets safer for women in a touching statement to the BBC. 

‘Our loss is immeasurable with the realisation that we will not see our beloved Sabina again. 

‘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.’ 

Garage worker Koci Selamaj, 36, from Eastbourne, who is charged with Sabina’s murder, will appear in court on December 16 for a plea hearing.

Sabina Nessa, 28, was making her way through Cator Park in Kidbrooke to meet a friend for a drink at a pub nearby when she was allegedly attacked and killed

Sabina Nessa, 28, was making her way through Cator Park in Kidbrooke to meet a friend for a drink at a pub nearby when she was allegedly attacked and killed

Sabina Nessa, 28, was making her way through Cator Park in Kidbrooke to meet a friend for a drink at a pub nearby when she was allegedly attacked and killed

Funeral prayers were held by Sheikh Mohammed Mahmoud OBE and were attended by members of Sabina's family and community earlier today

Funeral prayers were held by Sheikh Mohammed Mahmoud OBE and were attended by members of Sabina's family and community earlier today

Funeral prayers were held by Sheikh Mohammed Mahmoud OBE and were attended by members of Sabina’s family and community earlier today

Funeral prayers were said for Sabina at East London Mosque in Whitechapel, east London, before her coffin was taken to a nearby graveyard for burial (East London Mosque pictured in 2020)

Funeral prayers were said for Sabina at East London Mosque in Whitechapel, east London, before her coffin was taken to a nearby graveyard for burial (East London Mosque pictured in 2020)

Funeral prayers were said for Sabina at East London Mosque in Whitechapel, east London, before her coffin was taken to a nearby graveyard for burial (East London Mosque pictured in 2020)

A court sketch of Koci Selamaj, who is charged with Sabina's murder appearing via video-link from Wormwood Scrubs prison for a hearing at the Old Bailey (sketch dated September 30, 2021)

A court sketch of Koci Selamaj, who is charged with Sabina's murder appearing via video-link from Wormwood Scrubs prison for a hearing at the Old Bailey (sketch dated September 30, 2021)

A court sketch of Koci Selamaj, who is charged with Sabina’s murder appearing via video-link from Wormwood Scrubs prison for a hearing at the Old Bailey (sketch dated September 30, 2021)

Images shared on Facebook captured the moments following the funeral as family, friends and members of Sabina’s community left the mosque. 

Funeral goers could be seen consoling one another outside the mosque following the ceremony and prayers held by Sheikh Mohammed Mahmoud OBE.

Weeks earlier, hundreds gathered at peaceful vigils in south London and Eastbourne in the days following Sabina’s death on September 17 amid continuing public outrage over woman’s safety.

More than 500 well-wishers, including young children, attended a memorial event on September 24 close to where she was killed in Pegler Square to pay their respects.

Others meanwhile used the vigil as an opportunity to campaign for safer streets. 

Speaking at the vigil, sister Jebina told the crowd: ‘We have lost an amazing, caring, beautiful sister, who left this world far too early. 

Images shared on Facebook captured the moments following the funeral as family, friends and members of Sabina's community left the mosque

Images shared on Facebook captured the moments following the funeral as family, friends and members of Sabina's community left the mosque

Images shared on Facebook captured the moments following the funeral as family, friends and members of Sabina’s community left the mosque

Funeral goers could be seen consoling one another outside the mosque following the ceremony and prayers held by Sheikh Mohammed Mahmoud OBE

Funeral goers could be seen consoling one another outside the mosque following the ceremony and prayers held by Sheikh Mohammed Mahmoud OBE

Funeral goers could be seen consoling one another outside the mosque following the ceremony and prayers held by Sheikh Mohammed Mahmoud OBE

‘Words cannot describe how we are feeling, this feels like we are stuck in a bad dream and can’t get out of it. Our world is shattered, we are simply lost for words.’ 

Sabina’s death came just days before the sentencing of Wayne Couzens, who will spend the rest of his life in prison for the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard.

As calls continue for action to better protect women and girls from violence, Justice Secretary Dominic Raab vowed that the issue was his ‘number one priority’.

Asked what would change following Ms Everard’s death, Government sources said a victims’ bill to strengthen the rights of those in the position of Miss Everard’s family would be published soon.  

Police near Pegler Square in Kidbrooke, south London, near to where the body of 28-year-old school teacher Sabina Nessa was found on September 18

Police near Pegler Square in Kidbrooke, south London, near to where the body of 28-year-old school teacher Sabina Nessa was found on September 18

Police near Pegler Square in Kidbrooke, south London, near to where the body of 28-year-old school teacher Sabina Nessa was found on September 18

Jebina Yasmin Islam, Sabina's sister, speaks at a candlelight vigil on September 24, 2021 in south London

Jebina Yasmin Islam, Sabina's sister, speaks at a candlelight vigil on September 24, 2021 in south London

Jebina Yasmin Islam, Sabina’s sister, speaks at a candlelight vigil on September 24, 2021 in south London

Officers comb through a field in Kent as part of the investigation into the death of murdered schoolteacher Sabina Nessa (pictured September 30, 2021)

Officers comb through a field in Kent as part of the investigation into the death of murdered schoolteacher Sabina Nessa (pictured September 30, 2021)

Officers comb through a field in Kent as part of the investigation into the death of murdered schoolteacher Sabina Nessa (pictured September 30, 2021)

Sabina’s funeral and her family’s demand for safer streets comes two weeks after the Duchess of Cornwall made an impassioned speech at the Shameless! Festival, which aims to change attitudes of sexual violence towards women. 

Highlighting the brutal deaths of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa among others, Camilla said a ‘culture of silence’ and feelings of shame led many women to conceal their abuse.

Camilla highlighted the brutal murders of women including Sabina Nessa and Sarah Everard (pictured) in an impassioned speec at a reception in London to launch the Shameless! Festival two weeks ago

Camilla highlighted the brutal murders of women including Sabina Nessa and Sarah Everard (pictured) in an impassioned speec at a reception in London to launch the Shameless! Festival two weeks ago

Camilla highlighted the brutal murders of women including Sabina Nessa and Sarah Everard (pictured) in an impassioned speec at a reception in London to launch the Shameless! Festival two weeks ago

She demanded: ‘How many more women must be harassed, raped or murdered?’

The duchess also said it was crucial for women ‘to get the men in our lives involved in this movement’.

She explained that without the whole of society taking the issue seriously, violence against women would continue to be ‘just one of those things, part and parcel of being born female’. 

Camilla continued: ‘We do not, in any way, hold all men responsible for sexual violence. But we do need them all on board to tackle it. After all, rapists are not born, they are constructed.

‘And it takes an entire community – male and female – to dismantle the lies, words and actions that foster a culture in which sexual assault is seen as normal, and in which it shames the victim.’ 

The duchess made her speech hours after Couzens lodged an official appeal against the whole-life tariff handed to him in September for Ms Everard’s rape and murder in March.    

Speaking of the recent deaths which have shocked Britons, she said: 'This country has been appalled and saddened by the loss of women to violence this year. 'On average, one women is killed by a man every three days. Sarah Everard, Sabina Nessa, Wenjing Lin, Geetika Goyal and Bennylyn Burke are names which, with all the others, must never be forgotten'

Speaking of the recent deaths which have shocked Britons, she said: 'This country has been appalled and saddened by the loss of women to violence this year. 'On average, one women is killed by a man every three days. Sarah Everard, Sabina Nessa, Wenjing Lin, Geetika Goyal and Bennylyn Burke are names which, with all the others, must never be forgotten'

Speaking of the recent deaths which have shocked Britons, she said: ‘This country has been appalled and saddened by the loss of women to violence this year. ‘On average, one women is killed by a man every three days. Sarah Everard, Sabina Nessa, Wenjing Lin, Geetika Goyal and Bennylyn Burke are names which, with all the others, must never be forgotten’

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