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Sarah Everard: Cop Wayne Couzens charged with murder and kidnap after body confirmed as 33-year-old’s

Sarah Everard: Cop Wayne Couzens charged with murder and kidnap after body confirmed as 33-year-old’s

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ARMED cop Wayne Couzens was last night charged with the kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard.

Couzens, 48, will appear in custody at Westminster magistrates’ court this morning.

Sarah Everard: Cop Wayne Couzens charged with murder and kidnap after body confirmed as 33-year-old’s
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Wayne Couzens was last night charged with the murder and kidnap of Sarah Everard[/caption]

Sarah Everard: Cop Wayne Couzens charged with murder and kidnap after body confirmed as 33-year-old’s
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Sarah, 33, seemingly vanished off the streets of Clapham, South London last week[/caption]

In an unusual departure from normal protocol, the Crown Prosecution Service announced the charges instead of the police.

Rosemary Ainslie, head of special crime at the CPS, said yesterday: “Following a referral of evidence by the Metropolitan Police related to Sarah Everard’s death, the CPS has authorized the police to charge Wayne Couzens with murder and kidnapping.

“He will appear at Westminster magistrates’ court tomorrow for his first hearing.”

Last night it emerged that Couzens was retaken to hospital with head injuries.

He went back to St George’s Hospital, where he was taken for the first time in Thursday morning’s early hours.

Following the second incident, Couzens was taken back to Wandsworth police station and charged last night with the kidnap and murder of Sarah.

Couzens, attached to the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection branch, is alleged to have abducted 33-year-old marketing executive Sarah last Wednesday.

He is thought to have been a late entrant to the police, joining around 10 years ago after working at a family garage repairs business in Dover.

She was last seen alive on a doorbell camera at 9.30 pm in Clapham, South West London, walking home alone from a friend’s house back to her home in Brixton.

Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave today said his thoughts and prayers were with Sarah’s family and friends after her body was found.

Sarah Everard: Cop Wayne Couzens charged with murder and kidnap after body confirmed as 33-year-old’s
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Sarah worked as a marketing executive and lived in Brixton, South London[/caption]

Sarah Everard: Cop Wayne Couzens charged with murder and kidnap after body confirmed as 33-year-old’s
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PC Couzens is attached to the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection (PDP) unit normally based at the Palace of Westminster[/caption]

Sarah Everard’s family later paid tribute to their “bright and beautiful daughter and sister.”

In a statement, Sarah’s family 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 humor.

“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.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with Sarah, her family, and friends at this unbearable time.

“Many women had shared their stories and concerns online since Sarah’s disappearance last week.

“These are so powerful because every woman can relate.”

Sarah Everard: Cop Wayne Couzens charged with murder and kidnap after body confirmed as 33-year-old’s
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Sarah had been walking from a friend’s house on Wednesday last week[/caption]