Died 20th December 2012
Rebecca Sessecar (25) was found stabbed to death at her home in Duppas Court, Duppas Hill Terrace, Croydon, south London, on 20th December 2012. A post-mortem gave cause of death as multiple stab wounds.
Bulent Sessacar (28), her husband, was charged, on 28th December, with the murder of Ms Sessacar and ABH in relation to a six-year-old girl. Following Ms Sessecar’s death, he was treated in hospital for a number of injuries which the police said were “not believed to be life-threatening.”
Also at the address was a six-year-old girl who was taken into emergency foster care by Croydon Council Children’s Services.
The case has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission because of her husband’s previous contact with police.
Rebecca Sessacar worked at Asda and was a trainee teaching assistant. She had a daughter.
Sandra Ward, Rebecca Sessacar’s mother, said she was devastated when officers told her the news of her daughter’s death. Ms Ward described Ms Sessacar as a dedicated mother and a dedicated wife. She said she was currently training to be a teaching assistant at the Aerodome Primary School, Purley. She said: “My daughter was always good with children. She loved her daughter and spent a lot of time with her. She would read to her all the time. She was training to be a teaching assistant as she was great with children. Rebecca was always happy and outgoing. She was a lively girl. She would never like to hear people grumble. Rebecca always looked on the bright side of life.”
Karunanithy Mukunthan, who lives on the top floor of Duppas Court, said Ms Sessacar was very good with the children who lived in the flats.
Mr Mukunthan said: “Rebecca was a very nice lady, her daughter is friends with my daughter. She was very popular with a lot of people here and she had a huge trampoline for everyone to use. She sent a letter to everyone saying they could use it. It is very sad what has happened.”
Another neighbour, who didn’t wished to be named, said there were “arguments” in the past with police sometimes being called to deal with the matter.
Police said that on 20th they were called to a disturbance at about 3.20pm. A spokesperson said: “Police and London Ambulance Service found an injured woman in her mid 20s who was then pronounced dead at the scene. A man in his late 20s was found with injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening.”
The murder investigation is led by Detective Chief Inspector Russell Taylor from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command (HSCC).
Anyone with information is urged to contact the incident room on 020 8721 4868; alternatively to remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Detectives are not seeking anyone else in connection with this investigation.
Note: This report is drawn from reports in the Murder Maps and Croyden Guardian