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Sarah Everard: Policeman Wayne Couzens charged with kidnap and murder to appear in court today

Written by on 13 March 2021

A serving Metropolitan Police officer has been charged with kidnapping and murdering Sarah Everard, who went missing in south London last week.

Wayne Couzens will appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court later this morning.

Yesterday, the 48-year-old was taken to hospital for a second time in 48 hours for treatment on a fresh head injury sustained in custody.

A Met Police spokesman said: “He was being monitored by officers and received immediate first aid. He was discharged the same day and returned to custody.”

Couzens was previously treated in hospital for a separate head wound on Thursday, which was sustained in custody when he was alone in his cell.

DO NOT USE WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM HOME DESK    Image: Wayne Couzens will appear in court on Saturday

Meanwhile, a woman in her 30s who was previously arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has been released on bail.

She is due to return to a police station in mid-April.

In a statement announcing charges against , the Met revealed his previous employment history in the force in the “interests of clarity”.

Couzens joined the Met Police in September 2018, when he worked with a response team that covered Bromley.

He was later posted to the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command in February 2020.

Here, Couzens is said to have been mostly sent on uniformed patrol duties of diplomatic premises, including a range of embassies.

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Police announce man charged in Everard case

Speaking outside New Scotland Yard on Friday, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave paid tribute to Ms Everard’s family and friends for their “fortitude and forbearance” over the last few days of the investigation.

He added: “Our thoughts remain with them as this matter progresses.

“The investigation continues of course supported by hundreds of officers from across the Met as well as colleagues in Kent Police.

“I would also like to thank at this stage all members of the public who have come forward with information or support for the investigation and would use this opportunity to encourage anyone who thinks they might have useful information to give to get in contact with us.”

Undated handout issued by the Metropolitan Police showing missing woman Sarah Everard, 33, who left a friend's house in Clapham, south London, on Wednesday evening at around 9pm and began walking home to Brixton. Issue date: Tuesday March 9, 2021. Image: Sarah Everard vanished while walking home from her friend’s house in south London

Ms Everard, a marketing executive originally from York, vanished last Wednesday as she walked from the nearby Clapham Junction area to her home in Brixton.

She had been at a friend’s house when she left the property in Leathwaite Road around 9pm.

The last known sighting of the 33-year-old was captured on a doorbell camera just after 9.30pm showing her walking alone toward Tulse Hill.

Her body was found in woodland near Ashford, Kent, a week later.

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