Elementary school teacher Sabina Nessa was killed in a “premeditated and predatory attack” while walking through a park to meet a friend, it is alleged.
The 28-year-old, who was teaching freshmen at Rushey Green Elementary School in Catford, was attacked on September 17 in Cator Park, Kidbrooke.
His body was discovered almost 24 hours later, covered in grass and leaves near a community center in the south-east London park.
Garage worker Koci Selamaj, 36, has been charged with murder and was placed on remand by an Old Bailey judge on Thursday.
“Sabina Nessa was murdered on September 17 of this year,” said prosecutor Alison Morgan QC.
“There is no indication that the deceased and the accused knew each other.
The prosecution alleges that it was a premeditated and predatory attack against a stranger. “
The court heard that Ms. Nessa was repeatedly beaten with a weapon, although the exact cause of death is still unknown.
Selamaj appeared in Willesden Magistrates Court Tuesday when his lawyer said he pleaded not guilty to the murder charge.
London Judge’s Registrar Mark Lucraft QC ordered Selamaj to return to court for a formal guilty plea hearing on December 16. A trial date has not yet been set.
Selamaj, from Eastbourne, East Sussex, followed Thursday’s court hearing with the help of an Albanian interpreter.