Sarah Everard suspect Wayne Couzens charged with murder and kidnap

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

Wayne Couzens, 48, was arrested on Tuesday after the marketing executive went missing.

The Metropolitan Police officer was charged on Friday night with murder and kidnapping and will appear in Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.

Rosemary Ainslie, head of special crime at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “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.

“He will appear at Westminster magistrates' court tomorrow (13 March) for his first hearing.”

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Sarah, 33, disappeared while walking home from a friend’s house in Clapham, south London to her home in nearby Brixton.

She was last seen walking alone down the A205 Poynders Road in Clapham at about 9.30pm on March 3.

Her body was later found in Ashford, Kent.

Ms Ainslie added: “The function of the CPS is not to decide whether a person is guilty of a criminal offence, but to make fair, independent and objective assessments about whether it is appropriate to present charges to a court to consider.

“Criminal proceedings are now active and nothing should be published that could jeopardise the defendant’s right to a fair trial.”

Scotland Yard said Sarah’s family had been informed.

Specialist officers are in place to support the family and friends of Durham University graduate Sarah.

The force said the investigation is continuing, with detectives drawing on the expertise and skills from hundreds of colleagues across the Met.

Kent Police is also supporting the force.

Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave said: "I would like at this stage to pay tribute to Sarah's family for their fortitude and forbearance through what can only have been the most intensely difficult few days.

“Our thoughts remain with them as this matter progresses.”

After he was charged, Scotland Yard released details of Couzens’ employment with the force.

Couzens joined the Met in September 2018, with his first posting in south London covering the Bromley area.

He moved to the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command in February last year.

His primary role was on uniformed patrol duties of diplomatic premises, which mainly involved a range of embassies.

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