Sarah Everard: Cop Wayne Couzens due in court charged with murder and kidnap after body confirmed as 33-year-old’s
A SERVING police officer will appear in court today charged with the kidnap and murder of tragic Sarah Everard.
Wayne Couzens, 48, was arrested on Tuesday at his home in Deal, Kent – around 50 miles from where the 33-year-old vanished in Clapham.
The gun cop, who joined the Met Police in 2018, will appear in the dock at Westminster Magistrates' Court this morning.
Couzens was charged last night with Sarah'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 in the early hours of Thursday morning.
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 1 February 2020 where he patrolled embassies in the capital.
Sarah 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.
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's.
Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave said his thoughts and prayers were with the family and friends of Sarah after her body was found.
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.
“We are very proud of her and she brought so much joy to our lives.”
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