Sarah Everard’s body found in ‘builder’s bag’ in eerie woodlands, court hears

The body of Sarah Everard was discovered inside a builder’s bag and had to be identified through dental records, Westminster Magistrates Court heard on Saturday March 13.

Serving Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens, 48, is charged with the kidnapping and murder of 33-year-old Sarah, who disappeared on March 3.

Couzens arrived at the central London court at 10am in a large blue police van.

He stepped into the dock at around 10.30am wearing a grey tracksuit and appeared to have a red wound on the top of his forehead.

Couzens sustained an injury while in custody, for which he was treated in hospital.

PC Couzens, sitting between two plain clothes officers in the dock, spoke only to confirm his name and personal details.

Westminster Magistrates Court heard the officer is accused of kidnapping Ms Everard in the Poynders Road area of Clapham.

It was told the 33-year-old marketing manager's body was found inside a builder's bag.

Dental records were used to identify Ms Everard's remains, the court also heard.

Chief Magistrate Paul Goldspring remanded Couzens in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on March 16.

Mr Couzens was first arrested on March 9 in relation to the disappearance of Ms Everard and the following day, the Metropolitan Police confirmed remains had been discovered in woodlands in Ashford, Kent.

He was formally charged with the kidnap and murder of Sarah on the evening of Friday, March 12.

The Metropolitan Police said Mr Couzens joined the force in 2018 most recently serving in the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command.

Scotland Yard said he was not on duty at the time of Sarah's disappearance and added that Couzens main job was uniformed patrol of diplomatic buildings.

Ms Everard was caught alone on CCTV at quarter past nine, caught again on a camera at 9.28pm, and later caught on the camera of a marked police car at 9.32pm.

At around 9.35pm, a bus camera captured two figures on Poynders Road and a white Vauxhall Astra with its hazard lights flashing.

Another bus camera captured the same car with both front doors open.

The registration of the vehicle – later confirmed to be a car hired in Dover – was captured and tracked by police as it left London towards Kent.

Judge Goldspring remanded Couzens in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on March 16.

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