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Death of Sarah Everard

March 2021 disappearance and death of woman in South London, England

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Death of Sarah Everard
Datec. 3 March 2021
ArrestsWayne Couzens
ChargesMurder, kidnapping

On the evening of 3 March 2021, 33-year-old marketing executive Sarah Everard disappeared in South London. Living at the time in London's Brixton Hill area, she went missing after leaving a friend's house near Clapham Common to walk home.

On 9 March, Wayne Couzens, a Metropolitan Police officer with the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection unit, was arrested in Deal, Kent, firstly on suspicion of Everard's kidnapping and later on suspicion of her murder. On 10 March, her remains were discovered in woodland near Ashford, Kent. Couzens was charged with kidnapping and murder two days later.

A vigil was held for Everard in London on 13 March, leading to a controversial police response and four arrests for breaches of COVID-19 regulations.

Background

Sarah Everard was born in Surrey in 1987.[1] She was raised in York, where she attended Fulford School.[2] She studied human geography at St Cuthbert's Society, Durham University, from 2005 to 2008.[3][4] She most recently lived in the Brixton Hill area and was working as a marketing executive for a digital media agency.[3][5][6]

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Incident and investigation

At around 21:00 GMT on 3 March 2021, Everard left the house of a friend near Clapham Junction to the west of Clapham Common.[4][7][8] She walked across the common, along the A205 South Circular Road, en route to her home.[7][3][9] She spoke to her boyfriend on her mobile phone for about fifteen minutes and agreed to meet him the next day.[3] At 21:28, she was seen on doorbell camera footage on Poynders Road[10] and four minutes later on the dashcam of a passing police car.[11][4][3] CCTV footage from a bus passing her route at 21:35 also assisted investigation.[9][11] Everard's boyfriend contacted the police on 4 March after she did not meet him.[3]

On 10 March, police searching woodland near a former leisure centre in Great Chart, 2 miles (3.2 km) from Ashford, Kent, found human remains in a large builder's bag.[11][12][13] They also searched a garage linked to a suspect at the top of the white cliffs, next to St Martin's Battery, overlooking Dover Harbour.[14] On 12 March, Everard's body was identified through dental records.[15][16][17]

On 14 March, police cordoned off a section of The Rope Walk in Sandwich, Kent in relation to the investigation.[18][19] The Mayor of Sandwich, Jeff Franklin, estimated that 1 square mile (2.6 km2) of the town was restricted by the cordon.[20]

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Suspect and legal proceedings

On 9 March, Kent Police arrested Wayne Couzens, a 48-year-old Metropolitan Police constable and firearms officer,[21] at his home in Deal,[22] on suspicion of kidnapping.[10] On 10 March, the day Everard's remains were discovered, he was re-arrested on suspicion of murder.[13]

Couzens joined the Metropolitan Police in September 2018[22] and was assigned to the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection branch,[9] which is responsible for uniformed protection of government and diplomatic premises.[21] A woman in her 30s was arrested at his address on suspicion of assisting an offender[13] but subsequently released without charge.[23]

On 11 March, Couzens was briefly hospitalised for a head injury sustained in custody, after which he returned to a police station.[4] Police say the injury was sustained while he was alone in his cell.[24] His head was injured again the next day.[25]

Couzens was charged with Everard's kidnapping and murder on 12 March, following authorisation from the Crown Prosecution Service.[26] He appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 13 March and was remanded in custody before appearing at the Old Bailey via video link from Belmarsh Prison on 16 March.[25][8] The plea hearing and provisional trial are set for 9 July and 25 October 2021 respectively.[8]

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Responses

Flowers were laid at a vigil for Sarah Everard in Sheffield.

A silent vigil was held outside the Metropolitan Police's New Scotland Yard headquarters on 10 March. A Reclaim These Streets vigil planned for 13 March on Clapham Common was cancelled after talks with police broke down.[27][28] The police had advised the organisers that it would be considered an illegal gathering under COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and the court refused a request to intervene in the police decision.[29] Similar events planned for Edinburgh and Cardiff were officially cancelled in favour of online events.[30][31] However, vigils still took place in several British cities, including Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Nottingham and Sheffield.[32]

In the wake of the disappearance and death of Everard, Home Secretary Priti Patel released a statement saying that "every woman should feel safe to walk on our streets without fear of harrassment or violence",[33] while London Mayor Sadiq Khan stated that London streets are not safe for women or girls.[34] Patel announced that new laws are being considered to protect women against sexual harassment in public, including the potential of making public harassment a specifically defined crime.[35]

The Metropolitan Police asked the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) to conduct an investigation of whether two officers had responded appropriately to a report from 28 February that Couzens had indecently exposed himself in south London; he was being held on suspicion of that crime when he was accused of murder.[23][36]

Clapham Common vigil

A vigil for Everard took place on Clapham Common on 13 March. Throughout the early part of the day, hundreds of people attended to pay their respects.[37] Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attended, with Kensington Palace releasing a statement saying that the Duchess "remembers what it was like to walk around London at night before she was married".[38]

At 18:00, when a large crowd congregated at the park's bandstand to hear speeches, four people were arrested for public-order offences and for breaching the Coronavirus Act 2020.[39][40] The Metropolitan Police's decision to break up the crowd, and their behaviour in forcibly arresting attendees and walking over the flowers laid by them, prompted public anger.[41][42] Sir Keir Starmer, the leader of the Labour Party, called the police response "deeply disturbing";[43] Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was "deeply concerned" by footage of the events.[44] Mayor Khan called the police actions and arrests "neither appropriate nor proportionate".[45]

Sir Ed Davey, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, called for Dame Cressida Dick, the police commissioner, to resign.[46] Dick declined to resign and dismissed criticism of the police response.[43][47][46] Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball said the action was necessary because "hundreds of people were packed tightly together, posing a very real risk of easily transmitting COVID-19", and the Metropolitan Police Federation said that 26 police officers were assaulted.[40][46] Home Secretary Priti Patel directed "a lessons learned review in to the policing of the event" to be conducted by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, which oversees the police.[46][43]

On 14 March, more than 1,000 people marched from New Scotland Yard to Parliament Square in protest;[48][49] the police response was described as "hands-off" and "markedly different" to that on 13 March.[48]

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See also

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