Police officer charged with kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard

Friday, March 12

A serving police officer has been charged with the kidnap and murder of marketing executive Sarah Everard.

Wayne Couzens will appear in court tomorrow accused of abducting and killing the 33-year-old, who went missing in south London nine days ago.

The 48-year-old, a firearms officer from Scotland Yard’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command, was arrested at his home in Deal, Kent, on Tuesday night.

Rosemary Ainslie, Head of Special Crime at the CPS, said on Friday: “Following a referral of evidence by the Metropolitan Police related to the death of Sarah Everard, the CPS has authorised the police to charge Wayne Couzens with murder and kidnapping.

Ms Everard vanished on March 3 after setting off at about 9pm to walk from a friend’s house next to Clapham Common to her home in Brixton.

The Durham graduate was last captured on doorbell footage around 9.30pm walking past the Poynders Court estate next to the South Circular in Clapham.

Her disappearance sparked a desperate hunt involving hundreds of officers across south London and touched off a public reckoning about women’s safety in public. 

On Friday, a body found hidden in woodland in Kent was identified as that of 33-year-old Sarah Everard.

Scotland Yard Commissioner Cressida Dick revealed on Wednesday that police had found human remains but it took two days to confirm they belonged to Ms Everard.

Newsday and Agencies