Wayne Couzens appears in court as Sarah Everard murder trial date set

Metropolitan Police Officer Wayne Couzens has appeared at the Old Bailey for the kidnapping and murder of 33-year-old marketing director Sarah Everard.

The 48-year-old appeared on video link Tuesday morning from Category A Belmarsh Prison in southeast London for the hearing.

Couzens wore a bright red sweater and gray joggers and appeared to have a wound on his forehead.

He spoke to confirm his name and date of birth at the hearing in front of London recorder Mark Lucraft QC.

Prosecutor Tom Little QC told the judge that “a significant and far-reaching investigation” had taken place in the case.

Couzens seemed to rock back and forth during the hearing.

The judge said a hearing would be held at the Old Bailey on July 9.

A preliminary hearing has been set for October 25th.

It has been said that a process could take up to four weeks.

Couzens, 48, is accused of kidnapping the 33-year-old marketing director while walking home from a friend’s apartment in Clapham, south London, on the evening of March 3rd.

Ms. Everard’s friend reported her missing the next day.

Her body was found hidden in a wooded area in Ashford, Kent, on March 10th.

She was discovered in a large construction bag and officially identified from her dental records.

An autopsy took place, but the cause of death has not yet been given.

Ms. Everard’s death has sparked vigils nationwide and called for action to combat violence against women.

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