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Sarah Everard (33) has not been seen since March 3, 2021 when she left her friends house near Clapham in London, to walk to her own home in Brixton – a walk that should have taken around 50 minutes.
DCI Katherine Goodwin, who is leading the Metropolitan police’s investigation, said: “This is definitely a missing person investigation at the moment, but I remain open-minded as to all possibilities in the investigation.”
The last known sighting of Sarah was on Poynders Road, which links the two areas, where she was captured on film by a private door camera as she walked alone from the junction at Cavendish Road in the direction of Tulse Hill, south of Brixton.
Police have been carrying out a large scale search for Sarah and have spoken with over 750 people. On Monday March 8, searches continued in the area, with police examining a small park close to where Sarah’s mobile phone signal was last registered. Divers were searching the pond in Agnes Riley Gardens, while sniffer dogs scoured the area. Officers were also searching a housing estate. Missing posters asking for information on her whereabouts have been pasted on lamp-posts in a wide radius around the area.
Sarah’s family have said that her phone does not ring and all messages that have been sent to her have not been delivered.
A white hat that had some similarities to the one Sarah was wearing was found in Clapham but the hat has now been ruled out as belonging to Sarah.
You can view Sarah’s social media here:
On March 9, police cordoned off a block of flats in Clapham, near where Sarah was last seen.
“Pictures from the scene at around 4.30pm on Tuesday (March 9) show a large police presence and forensic teams preparing to enter a block of flats just off Poynders Road (the A205), close to Agnes Riley Gardens.”
You can read more here : Police searching for Sarah Everard cordon off block of flats close to spot where she was last seen
On the evening of March 9, an arrest was made in connection with Sarah’s case. The Metropolitan Police issued this statement:
On March 10, human remains were found during a search for Sarah. They were found in a wooded area near Ashford, Kent.
British media sources have named the arrested man as Wayne Couzens (48). It is believed that his wife Elena may also have been arrested.
29th September 2021
Today is Wayne Couzens sentencing day after being found guilty for Sarah’s kidnap, rape and murder.
The day started with a statement from MetPolice
Start of the court day he was described as “unstable”.
Sky News are following todays court appearance
- Ex-Met Police officer to be sentenced for murder of Sarah Everard
- Wayne Couzens is appearing at the Old Bailey where he could face a whole-life prison term
- Couzens ‘may have used COVID lockdown rules’ to arrest and handcuff murder victim
- He has admitted the kidnap, rape and murder of Ms Everard, 33
- The marketing executive disappeared as she walked home in Clapham, south London, on 3 March
- Her body was found a week later in woodland in Kent
- The murder sparked protests over the rates of violence against women
- Couzens faces a two-day sentencing hearing before Lord Justice Fulford
- Live updates from the Old Bailey by David Mercer
Sarah Everard was handcuffed by her murderer as he pretended to arrest her for breaching Covid guidelines.
Met Police officer Wayne Couzens abducted her as she walked home from a friend’s house in Clapham on 3 March.
Couzens flashed his warrant card before restraining Ms Everard and putting her in his hire car and driving away.
His sentencing hearing at the Old Bailey was told that her ordeal could be summarised as “deception, kidnap, rape, strangulation, fire”.
The 48-year-old had worked on Covid patrols in January, the court heard, and so would have known the appropriate formal terms regarding potential breaches.
The whole kidnapping took less than five minutes.
Ms Everard was handcuffed at 21:34 GMT and four minutes later she was being driven to Dover, where Couzens transferred her to his own car.
Couzens then drove to a remote rural area he knew well, where he raped Ms Everard. The sexual predator had clocked off from a 12-hour shift that morning.
‘Not a gullible person’
Prosecutor Tom Little QC said Couzens must have taken Ms Everard’s mobile phone from her and removed the Sim card, which he tried to destroy.
Ms Everard was described by a former long-term boyfriend as “extremely intelligent, savvy and streetwise” and “not a gullible person”, the court heard.
He could not envisage her getting into a car with someone she did not know “unless by force or manipulation”, said the prosecutor.
A week after she disappeared, Ms Everard’s body was found in a woodland stream in Ashford, Kent, just metres from land owned by Couzens. Her body had been set alight after he killed her.
More at link-
The prosecutor said her murder was reported on social media as #shewasonlywalkinghome but the more appropriate five words to describe what Couzens did were “deception, kidnap, rape, strangulation and fire”.
Her family spoke of the torment they have endured https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-58739421
His defence barrister said his client was filled with “self-loathing”.
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During court it came to light his wife was not involved and other details in the case can be found in the sentencing documents here
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