Policeman charged with murder and kidnap of Sarah Everard

Wayne Couzens has been charged with the kidnapping and murder of Sarah Everard, prosecutors announced.

The police officer on duty was accused on Friday evening of kidnapping and killing the marketing director.

Ms. Everard disappeared after walking home from a friend’s apartment in south London on March 3.

Couzens will appear in Westminster Magistrates Court on Saturday.

In a statement, Rosemary Ainslie, CPS chief of specialty crime, said: “Following a transfer of evidence by the Metropolitan Police relating to Sarah Everard’s death, the CPS authorized police to charge Wayne Couzens with murder and kidnapping. ”

It comes hours after Scotland Yard confirmed that human remains found two days ago in a wooded area in Ashford, Kent, have been identified as Ms. Everard.

She is said to have walked through Clapham Common to her home in Brixton – a journey that should have taken about 50 minutes.

City Police Deputy Commissioner Nick Ephgrave said: “Apparently, Sarah’s family has been brought up to date with this extremely disturbing news.

“I just want to pause for a moment and say that my thoughts and prayers and those of the entire organization remain with her and with you during this terrible time.”

Scotland Yard is facing an investigation by the police officer into handling separate allegations of indecent exposure against Couzens, who is on the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command.

He is said to have exposed himself twice in a fast food restaurant in south London three days before Ms. Everard went missing.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct is supposed to check whether two officers have “reacted appropriately” to their investigation.

A forensic team raided property outside the back fence of the Couzens house in Deal, Kent, on Friday.

Uniformed officers were stationed in an abandoned garage in Dover that was run by his family.

Her death has caused a lot of public grief, and many women and girls share stories online of experiencing violence by men.

It has resulted in the Home Office resuming a public consultation on combating violence against women and girls, with officials considering a legislative proposal to protect women from public sexual harassment.

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