Wayne Couzens Wiki – Wayne Couzens Bio
Police officer Wayne Couzens is accused of snatching the 33-year-old marketing executive as she walked home from a friend’s flat in Clapham, south London, on the evening of March 3
Metropolitan Police officer Couzens has appeared at the Old Bailey charged with the kidnap and murder of 33-year-old Sarah Everard.
He is 48 years old.
Wayne Couzens Charged
He was charged on Friday with Sarah’s kidnap and murder after she vanished while walking home last Wednesday.
The announcement 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.
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.
The 48-year-old appeared via video link from the Category A Belmarsh prison in south-east London for the hearing on Tuesday morning and Sarah’s family were said to be observed remotely.
Couzens was seen wearing a light red jumper and grey joggers and appeared to have a wound to his forehead.
He spoke to confirm his name and date of birth at the hearing, before the Recorder of London Judge Mark Lucraft QC.
Prosecutor Tom Little QC told the judge there has been “a significant and wide-ranging investigation” in the case.
Couzens appeared to rock to and fro and stare at the floor during the hearing.
The judge said a plea hearing would be held on July 9 at the Old Bailey and a provisional trial date has been set for October 25.
Sarah Everard Murder Case
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.
A post-mortem has taken place but a cause of death has not been released – with an inquest due to open and adjourn this week.
Couzens, who worked on the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command unit, was not on duty at the time of Ms Everard’s disappearance.
The defendant, from Deal in Kent, was charged on Friday and appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court the following day.
Ms Everard’s death has sparked vigils across the country in her memory and demands for action to tackle violence against women.