Metropolitan Police Officer PC Wayne Couzens could face a life sentence if convicted of the murder of Sarah Everard.
He has also admitted to kidnapping and raping a 33-year-old girl, who went missing on her way home in London in March.
Here is a timeline of the major events leading up to Ms Everard’s disappearance:
- Everything we know about Sarah Everard
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Wednesday, March 3
Ms Everard goes missing after leaving a friend’s house at around 9 p.m. in Clapham, south London.
Saturday, March 6
The Metropolitan Police issues an appeal into Ms. Everard’s disappearance and releases a CCTV image of her. Police say she is believed to have passed through Clapham Common after leaving her friend’s flat on her way to her home in Brixton. The journey should have taken about 50 minutes.
Sunday, March 7
Police released footage captured from a private doorbell-type camera showing Ms Everard walking alone on the A205 Poynders Road south of Brixton towards Tulse Hill. It is not clear whether she reached home or not.
She was last seen wearing a green rain jacket, dark blue trousers with a white diamond pattern, and turquoise and orange trainers, and was believed to have worn green earphones and a white beanie hat. was wearing.
The investigation into his disappearance is being led by Scotland Yard’s specialist Crime Command because of the “complicated nature” of the investigation, which combines searches with house-to-house inquiries.
Monday, March 8
Scotland Yard says it remains “open minded to all possibilities” on Everard’s disappearance, confirming that the search is a missing persons investigation.
Specialist officers are drawn from the cross force and the police say they have received over 120 calls from the public regarding the matter. They ask someone to come forward who may have relevant dash cams or other footage.
Tuesday, March 9
The sleuths search the gardens near Ms. Everard’s envisioned route home and in the streets around the discovery site at the nearby Oakland estate. Officers also search a pond in Clapham Common and drains along the A205.
In another appeal to the public to help, fresh photos of Ms Everard have also been released, in which she was missing. Later that day, the Met set up a cordon around the Poynders Court housing complex on Poynders Road as part of the search, with forensic officers investigating the area.
midnight, Tuesday 9 March
The Met announced that it has arrested a police officer at an address in Kent in connection with the disappearance of Ms. Everard.
Assistant Commissioner Nick Efgrave says the fact that the man is a serving police officer is “shocking and deeply disturbing”. The Met says a woman has also been arrested on suspicion of aiding a criminal at the same location.
The woman and the man have been taken into custody. Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin says the force is still “doing everything we can to find Sarah”.
Morning, Wednesday 10 March
The Met reveals that the officer arrested on Tuesday was not on duty at the time of Ms. Everard’s disappearance, but Assistant Com Fgrave initially declined to provide details of the crime the officer was arrested on suspicion of. or how long he has served. Force.
Detectives begin a search of two locations in Kent, including a property in Deal and woodland near Ashford. In the deal, a tent was set up outside a house in Freeman’s Way and a car was seen being driven away from the property.
A neighbor told ITV News that a police officer lives with his wife and two children at the address. “They seemed like a normal, regular family, there was nothing strange about them,” he said, as police were digging the garden.
Ms Everard’s uncle, Nick, speaking to the media, says the family is “upset” – and that “things are absolutely terrible”. He tells Sky News that they are “waiting for positive news from the police”.
Afternoon, Wednesday 10 March
Scotland Yard confirmed that the police officer arrested in connection with the disappearance of Ms Everard has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
He was later identified as Wayne Couzens, a 48-year-old serving in the force’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Security Command.
He was held on suspicion of kidnapping on Tuesday evening, before being arrested on suspicion of murder and a separate charge of indecent exposure.
Evening, Wednesday 10 March
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick announced that human remains had been found during Ms. Everard’s search.
The discovery was made in an area of woodland in Ashford, Kent. Police are yet to identify the bodies.
Morning, Thursday 11 March
Police are questioning an officer arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and murdering Everard.
Afternoon, Thursday 11 March
The Metropolitan Police revealed that the officer suspected of kidnapping and murdering Ms. Everard was taken to hospital with a head injury while in custody.
Scotland Yard says the suspect has been treated, discharged and returned to the police station where he is being held.
Ms Everard’s family say she was “kind and considerate, caring and trusting” as they appeal for information about the 33-year-old’s disappearance.
The police watchdog announced that it had launched an investigation into a “appropriate response” by Metropolitan Police officers to a report of pornographic exposure following referrals linked to the arrest of the suspect in the case.
The Granthshala Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) says its independent investigation follows a “conduct referral” from the force in relation to two officers it received on Wednesday night.
The IOPC said it linked four other referrals, and all connected to the arrest of an officer currently on suspicion of kidnapping and murdering Ms. Everard and to a different charge.
Afternoon, Friday March 12
Police have confirmed that Sarah Everard’s body has been found in Kent.
A serving Weather Police officer, who was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and murdering Ms. Everard, is still in custody.
Assistant Commissioner Nick Efgrave revealed that a body found earlier in the week in Kent has been formally identified as Ms Everard.
Speaking outside New Scotland Yard, he tells the media: “As you know, on Wednesday evening detectives investigating the disappearance of Sarah Everard discovered a body lurking in a woodland in Kent.
“The body has now been recovered and the formal identification process has now been initiated. I can now confirm that this is Sarah Everard’s body.”
The Met Police confirm that the officer suspected of killing Ms Everard was charged with exposing herself not only once, but twice at a fast food restaurant in south London three days before her disappearance. Both charges are the subject of an investigation by the Granthshala Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
The Met said: “On 28 February the Met made a crime report in relation to two separate indecent exposure incidents at a fast food restaurant in south London. It would be inappropriate to comment further in view of the IOPC investigation.”
evening 12 march
Mr. Couzens is accused of kidnapping and murdering Miss Everard. The Metropolitan Police announced that the police officer had been taken to hospital for the second time in 48 hours to treat a fresh head injury sustained while in custody. Thereafter he was again discharged and returned to police custody.
Saturday 13 March
Mr. Coogens is presented in Westminster Magistrates’ Court, charged with the kidnapping and murder of Miss Everard. The 48-year-old police officer has been remanded to appear at the Old Bailey on March 16. He does not indicate a plea.
Tuesday 16 March
Mr Couzens makes his first appearance at the Old Bailey by video link from Belmarsh top security prison in south London. Wearing red sweatshirt and gray jogging bottom, the defendant has injury marks on his forehead. He speaks only to confirm his name and date of birth. Judge Mark Leucraft QC set a provisional Old Bailey trial for October 25, with a hearing on July 9.
Thursday 18 March
The investigation into the death of a 33-year-old marketing executive begins. His parents, brother and sister watch the proceedings via video-link. The hearing takes less than half an hour and the investigation proceedings are opened and adjourned pending the outcome of the criminal investigation. After the first proves to be inconclusive, the second postmortem is done.
Tuesday 1 June
Police revealed that the postmortem revealed that Everard died due to suffocation.
Tuesday 8 June
Mr. Couzens appears at the Old Bailey, where he pleads guilty to the kidnapping and rape of Miss Everard.
The court hears that the 48-year-old has accepted responsibility for the murder of Ms. Everard, but has not been asked to plead a charge of murder.
Friday 9 July
Couzens appears via video link from HMP Belmarsh in the Old Bailey, where he pleads guilty to the murder of Ms. Everard.
Friday 16 July
Couzens has been formally dismissed without notice from the Metropolitan Police following the conclusion of a speedy misconduct hearing held behind closed doors.
The disgraced officer, who was attached to the force’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command, has violated standards of professional behavior with respect to defamatory conduct.
Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 September
Couzens is to be sentenced during a two-day trial at the Old Bailey, where he could face a life charge.
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