British police officer Wayne Couzens was remanded in custody Tuesday and instructed he can be tried later this yr on prices of kidnapping and murdering Sarah Everard as she walked dwelling in London.
Couzens — who serves with the diplomatic safety unit of London’s Metropolitan police drive — appeared by videolink from jail at London Previous Bailey central prison court on Tuesday.
The 48-year-old cop spoke solely to verify his title and date of start as a plea listening to was set for July 9 and a provisional trial date for Oct. 25. He didn’t make an software for bail.
Sporting grey sweatpants and a pink sweater, Couzens sat hunched ahead along with his head bowed throughout most of the 25-minute listening to, London’s Night Normal stated.
He had a noticeable minimize on his brow, having earlier been taken from his cell to a London hospital after being discovered injured in custody.
Couzens, from Deal in Kent, was charged Friday with murder and kidnap following a “vital and wide-ranging investigation,” prosecutor Tom Little instructed the court, in accordance with the Normal.
Everard, 33, went lacking on March three as she walked dwelling to south London’s Brixton after visiting mates in close by Clapham. Her boyfriend reported her lacking the subsequent day.
The advertising and marketing govt’s physique was found per week later in woods in Ashford, Kent, about 50 miles from the place she had final been seen. An official trigger of demise has not but been given.
Her demise sparked mass anger in the UK, with Prince William’s spouse, Kate Middleton, amongst these taking flowers to a vigil — one which ended in additional outrage at heavy-handed police techniques in opposition to ladies exhibiting solidarity.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson chaired a particular assembly Monday night time about security dangers confronted by ladies in addition to actions to “establish predatory and suspicious offenders.”
“The horrific case of Sarah Everard has unleashed a wave of feeling about ladies not feeling protected at night time,” Johnson stated. “We should do all the things we will to make sure our streets are protected.”
With Publish wires