Sarah Everard: Cop charged with kidnap and murder after body confirmed as her

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Sarah Everard murder

Armed cop Wayne Couzens, 48, has tonight been charged with the kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard.

Wayne Couzens will appear in custody at Westminster magistrates’ court tomorrow morning.

In an unusual departure from normal protocol, the Crown Prosecution Service announced the charges instead of police.

Rosemary Ainslie, head of special crime at the CPS, said: “Following a referral of evidence by the Metropolitan Police related to the murder of Sarah Everard, the CPS has authorized the police to charge Wayne Couzens with murder and kidnapping.

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Wayne Couzens has today been charged with the murder of Sarah Everard (Image: South West News Service

He will appear at Westminster magistrates’ court tomorrow for his first hearing.

Tonight it emerged that Couzens was taken to hospital again for a second time with head injuries.

He went back to St George’s Hospital, where he was taken for the first time in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Following the second incident, Couzens was taken back to Wandsworth police station and charged tonight with the kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard.

Couzens, attached to the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection branch, is alleged to have abducted 33-year-old marketing executive Sarah last Wednesday.

He is thought to have been a late entrant to the police, joining around 10 years ago after previously working at a family garage repairs business in Dover.

She was last seen alive on a doorbell camera at 9.30 pm in Clapham, South West London, walking home alone from a friend’s house back to her home in Brixton.

Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave today said his thoughts and prayers were with the family and friends of Sarah after her body was found.

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Sarah Everard worked as a marketing executive and lived in Brixton, South London (Image: Press Association

The family of Sarah Everard later paid tribute to their bright and beautiful daughter and sister.

In a statement, Sarah’s family said: Sarah was bright and beautiful, a wonderful daughter and sister.

She was kind and thoughtful, caring and dependable. She always put others first and had the most amazing sense of humour.

She was strong and principled and a shining example to us all.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with Sarah, her family, and friends at this unbearable time.

Many women have shared their stories and concerns online since Sarah’s disappearance last week.

These are so powerful because each and every woman can relate.

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Via: The Nations