This is the family home where Sabina Nessa murder suspect Koci Selamaj spent some of his childhood.

The 36-year-old, who has been charged with murdering the 28-year-old teacher, was born in the town of Elbasan, an hour’s drive from the Albanian capital of Tirana.

His lawyer indicated in court this morning he intended to plead not guilty.

Neighbours said he is one of four children, two boys and two girls, and that he spent a short amount of time living in the flat with his parents before moving abroad.

“We had no problems with him - from any of the children,” one told the Mirror.

“They were all normal.”

Selamaj's parents, Bashkim, 73, is a retired builder and mum, Tefta, 70, was a communist-era farmer, neighbours said.

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Neighbours said they had "no problems" with Selamaj (

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Bashkim and Tefta are living in Tirana but still own the flat in Elbasan.

Accused Selamaj appeared at Willesden magistrates' court on Tuesday, where he was remanded in custody ahead of an appearance at the Old Bailey on Thursday.

The defendant, now of Eastbourne, East Sussex, was asked to confirm his name, address and date of birth by the legal advisor.

He then indicated a not guilty plea for one count of murder through his representative, Aidan Harvey.

Ms Nessa, who taught a Year One class, was found just a few minutes' walk from her home on September 18.

Bashkim, 73, is a retired builder and his mum Tefta, 70, was a communist-era farmer, neighbours said (

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The childhood home (

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Her body was discovered by a dog walker under a pile of leaves in Cator Park, Kidbrooke, south-east London.

She has been making her way to the Depot bar the evening before to meet a friend, it is thought - but never arrived.

Detectives arrested Selamaj at an address in Eastbourne at 3am on Sunday.

Two other men, aged 38 and 41, who were arrested by police investigating the death of Ms Nessa have been released under investigation.

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