The serving Metropolitan Police officer accused of murdering Sarah Everard has been remanded in custody after his first court appearance.
Police constable Wayne Couzens, 48, is charged with kidnapping and killing the 33-year-old marketing executive, who went missing while walking home from a friend’s flat in south London on March 3.
Her body was found hidden in an area of woodland in Ashford, Kent, on Wednesday. Couzens appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Saturday morning for his first appearance following his arrest on Tuesday.
Couzens arrived at the central London court at 10am in a large blue police van, stepping into the dock around 10:30am.
In the dock he wore a grey tracksuit and appeared to have a red wound on the top of his forehead.
Couzens spoke only to confirm his name and personal details, sitting between two plain clothes officers in the dock. The court heard the officer is accused of kidnapping Ms Everard in the Poynders Road area of Clapham.
Ms Everard’s body, found inside a builder’s bag in Kent, was identified through the use of dental records, the court also heard. Chief Magistrate Paul Goldspring remanded Couzens in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on March 16.