Police officer charged with murder of Sarah Everard - Metropolitan Police statement

A Metropolitan Police officer has been charged with the murder of 33-year-old Sarah Everard, as the force confirmed he was admitted to hospital for the second time with a head injury. Serving police constable Wayne Couzens, 48, was charged on Friday evening with kidnapping and killing the marketing executive, who went missing while walking home from a friend’s flat in south London on March 3.

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NICK EPHGRAVE: A serving police constable has tonight been charged with the kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard. Wayne Cousins, age 48, has been remanded in custody and will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court tomorrow morning. Sarah's family, of course, have been informed of this development and remain supported by specialist officers. 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. The investigation continues, of course, supported by hundreds of officers from across the Met as well as colleagues and Kent Police. I would also like to thank at this stage all members of the public who have come forward with information or support for the investigation and would use this opportunity to encourage anyone that thinks they might have useful information to give, to get in contact with us.