The disappearance of Sarah Everard sparked outrage and a nationwide debate on ladies’s security in public locations, prompting the federal government to vow enhanced police patrols at night time and funding to make the streets safer. London police are additionally beneath strain after they broke up a vigil for Everard on Saturday, with broadly shared footage exhibiting largely male officers combating and restraining feminine protesters.
Wayne Couzens, 48, appeared through videolink in London’s Old Bailey court docket to face fees of kidnap and homicide of Everard, a 33-year-old advertising government who went lacking in south London on March 3. Couzens, who serves with the diplomatic safety unit of London’s police drive, spoke solely to verify his title and date of delivery.
Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook, exhibiting serving police constable Wayne Couzens, making his first look on the Old Bailey court docket by video hyperlink from Belmarsh prime safety jail in south London. AP Photo
A plea listening to is because of be held on July 9 and a provisional trial date has been set for October 25.
Everard had been visiting associates within the Clapham space of south London and was returning to her dwelling in close by Brixton. Her physique was found every week later in woods within the southeastern county of Kent, some 80 kilometres (50 miles) away. An official explanation for demise has not but been given.