Wayne Couzens to go on trial in fall implicated of murdering Sarah

October date set for trial after Met law enforcement officers appears at Old Bailey by video link from Belmarsh jail

Wayne Couzens to go on trial in fall accused of killing Sarah Everard

A policeman accused of kidnapping and killing Sarah Everard has actually been told he will go on trial in October.

PC Wayne Couzens, 48, appeared at the Old Bailey via video link from Belmarsh prison.

The serving Metropolitan policemans is implicated over the disappearance and death of the 33-year-old marketing executive.

She was last seen on 3 March, as she walked from her friends place to her house in south London, a journey of 2 and a half miles.

Her body was discovered in a contractor’s bag in woodland in Ashford, Kent on 10 March. It was determined through dental records.

Judge Mark Lucraft QC, sitting at the Old Bailey in central London, set up the trial for 25 October.

Couzens, wearing a maroon sweatshirt and grey bottoms, listened at the 20-minute hearing, speaking just to validate his name and date of birth. On the centre of his forehead was a scab from an injury.

A postmortem has happened however no cause of death has been offered.

Prosecutor Tom Little QC said the proof that the crown would present in the case followed a “comprehensive examination” by authorities.

Couzens signed up with the Met in 2018, and was attached to an armed unit responsible for securing the parliamentary estate and embassies in London. His primary job is to patrol diplomatic buildings.

Couzens was arrested last Tuesday at his house in Deal in Kent, initially on suspicion of kidnap. The next day, while in authorities custody he was apprehended on suspicion of murder.

On Friday he was charged with the abduct and murder of Sarah Everard following a choice by the Crown Prosecution Service, which chooses whether the proof gathered by police benefits the bringing of criminal charges.

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