Sarah Everard was strangled to death 'by Met Cop who abducted her off London street'

TRAGIC Sarah Everard was strangled to death as she walked home in Clapham, police say, as a cop accused of her murder awaits trial.

Sarah, 33, vanished after walking home from a friend's house in Clapham, South West London, on March 3.

Her body had to be identified by dental records after being found in a builder's bag in Kent, it is said.

Post-mortem results revealed today Sarah died from a compression to the neck.

The Metropolitan Police said: "A post-mortem examination into the death of Sarah Everard held at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford has given cause of death as compression of the neck.

"Sarah's family have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers."

An inquest opened and adjourned in March heard how the pathologist had "not given a medical cause of death".

But the hearing was told no natural disease was found which would have caused her death leading to further checks to establish how she died.


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.

Her body was discovered a week later in woodland Ashford, Kent.

Wayne Couzens, 48, has been charged with Sarah's kidnap and murder.

The serving gun cop, who joined the Met Police in 2018, is due to go on trial in October.


Dad-of-two Couzens has been remanded in custody ahead of a plea hearing on July 9 at the Old Bailey.

Sarah's death has since sparked vigils across the country and demands for action to tackle violence against women.

Her family have previously paid tribute to their "bright and beautiful daughter and sister".

In a statement, they 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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