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Police officer charged with murder of Sarah Everard to appear in court

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Serving police constable Wayne Couzens, 48, was charged on Friday evening with kidnapping and killing the marketing executive, who went missing while walking home from a friend’s flat in south London on March 3.

He is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Saturday morning.

It comes as police said Couzens was taken to hospital for a second time in 48 hours on Friday for treatment to another head injury sustained in custody, before he was discharged and returned to a police station.

He was previously treated in hospital for a separate head wound on Thursday, also sustained in custody when he was alone in his cell.

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave confirmed the charge in a statement outside Scotland Yard on Friday night.

He said: “I would like at this stage to pay tribute to Sarah’s family for their fortitude and forbearance through what can only have been the most intensely difficult few days.

“Our thoughts remain with them as this matter progresses.”

Regarding the second head injury, a Met Police spokesman said Couzens was being “monitored by officers” when he sustained the wound.

POLICE Everard Timeline / PA Graphics

A spokesman said: “The suspect was taken to a hospital for treatment to a head injury sustained while in custody in a cell on Friday.

“He was being monitored by officers and received immediate first aid. He was discharged the same day and returned to custody.”

The Met Police said Couzens joined the force two years ago in September 2018 when he worked for a response team covering the Bromley area, before moving to the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command in February last year.

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