Cop is charged with kidnapping and murdering Sarah Everard

Josh Dutton
·News Reporter
·2-min read

A police officer has been arrested and charged with the murder of UK woman Sarah Everard.

Ms Everard, 33, disappeared while walking home from Clapham to Brixton, south London, on the evening of March 3.

Human remains were discovered this week in bushland in Kent about 60 kilometres from where she was last seen and have since been confirmed as Ms Everard.

On Friday (local time), police arrested Constable Wayne Couzens, 48, and charged him with kidnap and murder. He will face court on Saturday.

Sarah Everard, 33, is pictured.
Police have confirmed the human remains found in woodlands belong to Sarah Everard, 33. Source: AAP

A woman in her 30s was also arrested on suspicion of assisting Couzens and will face court in April. She was identified by The Sun as Couzens’ wife.

Police said Couzens joined the Metropolitan Police Service in September 2018.

“His first posting was to South Area where he joined a response team covering the Bromley area,” police said.

“He then moved to the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command on 1 February 2020 where his primary role was on uniformed patrol duties of diplomatic premises, mainly a range of Embassies.”

Wayne Couzens, 48, is pictured.
Wayne Couzens, 48, has been charged with murder. Source: BBC

Police 'deeply saddened' by Sarah Everard's death

Commander Catherine Roper, the Met’s lead for community engagement, said in a statement she is “deeply saddened” by Ms Everard’s death.

“No woman in London should be unsafe on London’s streets and I understand the strength of feeling that has grown following Sarah’s disappearance,” she said.

“As a woman and a police officer, I want nothing more than for women to feel safe and protected by the police.”

Police search Long Pond on Clapham Common for missing woman Sarah Everard, 33, who left a friend's house in Clapham, south London.
Police search Long Pond on Clapham Common for Ms Everard. Source: AAP

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