Murder suspect police constable, Wayne Couzens, appeared in person at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, London on Saturday morning
Couzens, 48, a member of the armed division of the Met police, was charged on Friday night charged with the murder and kidnap of Sarah Everard
Everard’s body was found in builder’s bag in woods in Ashwood, Kent, UK 33-year-old
Sarah Everard worked as a marketing executive and lived in Brixton, South London
She was on her way home on March 3, after vising a friend in South West London when she disappeared
In court, suspect spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address
He was remanded in custody, scheduled to next appear at London’s famous Old Bailey court on March 16
A British police man charged at the weekend with the murder of a missing woman was arraigned on Saturday morningin the British capital London. The remains of missing Sarah Everard had to be identified by dental records after her body was found in a builder’s bag, a court heard today. Her body was found wednesday hidden in an area of woodland in Ashford, Kent, over a hundred miles from wher she was last caught on street surveillance cameras, over a week earlier.
Met police constable Wayne Couzens, 48, is accused of kidnapping and murdering the 33-year-old after she vanished in Clapham, South West London, on March 3.
Everard’s alleged killer, Wayne Couzens, made his first court appearance Saturday morning at London’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
Couzens arrived at the central London court at 10am in a large blue police van, stepping into the dock around 30 minutes later. In the dock he wore a grey tracksuit and appeared to have a red wound on the top of his forehead. Couzens spoke only to confirm his name and personal details, sitting between two plain clothes officers. He is accused of kidnapping Ms Everard in the Poynders Road area of Clapham, in South West London, last week Wednesday.
Everard‘s body was found inside a builder’s bag in the woods of Kent and was later identified through the use of dental records, the court heard.
The suspect who joined the Met Police three years ago, appeared in the dock in person at Westminster Magistrates’ Court flanked by two plain clothes police officers, Couzens sat with his head in his hands while wearing a grey jumper. He appeared to have a red wound on the top of his forehead.
The court was told Everard’s body was discovered in a builder’s bag and had to be identified through her dental records.
A post-mortem examination has been carried out but the Medical examiner’s report was not read out in court.
Prosecutor Zoe Martin said on the night she vanished, Everard had left her friend’s home at around 9pm and called her boyfriend as she walked home.
She was on the call for around 14 minutes but the court heard there has been no further activity on her mobile phone since then. It has also not been recovered yet, it was said.
The court heard Everard was seen alone on CCTV at 9.15pm, again at 9.28pm and was later captured on the camera of a marked police car at 9.32pm.
Her boyfriend reported her missing on March 4, the prosecutor said.
Couzens is accused of kidnapping the marketing executive in the Poynders Road area of Clapham.
The suspect who spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address, was remanded in custody to next appear at London’s famous Old Bailey court on March 16.
Couzens was charged last night with Everard’s kidnap and murder after she vanished while walking home last Wednesday. In an unusual departure from normal protocol, the Crown Prosecution Service announced the charges instead of police.
The confirmation came moments before it emerged 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 for treatment, in the early hours of Thursday morning for a separate head wound, also sustained in custody when he was alone in his cell.
Police also revealed Couzens joined the Met in September 2018 where he worked on a response team in Bromley, South East London. He then moved to the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command on February 1, 2020 where he patrolled embassies in the capital.
Everards vanished on March 3 after leaving a friend’s home to walk the 50-minute journey back to her flat in Brixton.
She was captured on CCTV at 9.30pm in Clapham after spending 15 minutes on the phone with her boyfriend Josh Lowth. A huge search was launched after she disappeared with police searching ponds in the area.
On Wednesday night, police said human remains were discovered in woodland in Ashford, Kent, that have since been confirmed as Sarah Everard.
Police Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave said his thoughts and prayers were with the family and friends of Sarah after her body was found.
The victim’s family 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.
“We are very proud of her and she brought so much joy to our lives.”
Couzens was arrested on Tuesday at his home in the coastal town of Deal, some 75 miles from Clapham.
At he time, Mr Ephgrave said the fact he is a serving police officer “is both shocking and deeply disturbing”.
Scotland Yard confirmed on Friday afternoon that human remains found in an area of woodland in Ashford, Kent, two days earlier had been identified as Ms Everard.
Her death has prompted an outpouring of grief from the public, with many women and girls sharing stories online of experiencing violence by men.
Scotland Yard is facing an investigation by the police watchdog into its handling of separate allegations of indecent exposure against Couzens, whose primary role was on uniformed patrol duties of diplomatic premises, mainly embassies.
He was alleged to have twice exposed himself in one day to staff inside a McDonald’s restaurant in Swanley, Kent, three days before Sarah vanished.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct is to probe whether two officers “responded appropriately” in their investigation.
A forensics team searched an area of land outside the back fence of the Couzens’ house in Deal on Friday, just as a forensic tent was put up in the back garden of the suspect’s home, where officers removed property including black Seat sedan and a Ducati motorbike.
The suspect before he joined law enforcement was an auto mechanic. Uniformed officers were posted at a derelict garage in Dover, which was run by his family for almost 50 years before it closed in 2015.
Police also detained the suspect’s wife, Ana Couzens, 39, who was arrested on Tuesday on ‘suspicion of assisting an offender’. She was released on bail to return, but she was scheduled to return foor further questioning in mid-April.