LONDON (Reuters) – A British police officer was charged late Friday with the abduction and murder of 33-year-old Sarah Everard, whose disappearance sparked shocking deaths across the nation.
Wayne Cousins, 48, who previously held records at Westminster Palace in Downing Street, has been charged with the murder of marketing chief executive Everard. He was last seen on March 3, at 9 p.m. On the 30th, on his way home from a friend’s house in south London. Her disappearance sparked national outcry over the persecution and violence against women in Britain.
The metro police said that the officer joined the forces in 2018, that during the last year his main job was patrolling the diplomatic premises, mainly the embassies.
Cousins was also accused of discovering himself before Everard’s disappearance at a restaurant in south London.
Police said Kuzens was arrested on Tuesday and taken to hospital with a head injury, leaving him alone in his cell. He was then returned to the police station and detained for further questioning before being charged.
“I know the public is upset, angry about what happened, these are the feelings I personally share, I know my colleagues here in Scotland Yard, beyond the Mate,” said the Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner. Nick Effgrave performing at Scotland Yard on Friday. He confirmed that the body was found in the woods near Ashford, a town about 60 miles southeast of London.
He added. “I accept the broader concerns that have been raised, rightly so, about the safety of women in public places in London and elsewhere.”
The case coincided with women in the nationwide, many demanding change. A few days after Everard’s disappearance, women took to social media to share their own experiences, fears about their personal safety, and walking alone.
Author և journalist Caitlin Moran wrote in tweets: “Being a woman. My “outside” day ends at sunset. If I have not taken the dog for a walk / run before, I can not. In winter, it often means choosing between “work” exercises. Today I had to stop work at 4 o’clock to train. “My husband worked until he was 6, and now he is running.”
Writes in the Guardian, columnist Gabi Hinslif says: “When she was lost, any woman who ever went home alone at night felt that gloomy, instinctive feeling of recognition. Footsteps on a dark street. They held the keys in your fingers. “
Many women questioned why the burden should be placed on them, and suggested that men could be less intimidated if they crossed the road or stood back if they walked behind a woman late at night.
Nimko Ali, the British government’s adviser on violence against women and girls, told LBC radio that men could change their behavior in society.
“I can not sit there and try to judge which boy is a good boy and which one is not, it is one of your boys that you have to change your behavior, your behavior in public,” said Ali.
Prime Minister Boris John Onson said he was “shocked and deeply saddened” by the incident.
In a statement issued Thursday, the Everard family described her as “bright and beautiful, a wonderful sister-in-law.” He was kind, thoughtful, caring, and reliable. He always put others first, he had the most amazing sense of humor. “
Organizers of a remote-controlled vigil at Clapham Common in London on Saturday said they still hoped it could continue, despite police urging people to stay home. England is still under national blockade.
Labor lawmaker Harriet Harman, whose constituency includes Brixton, the area where Everard lived, tweeted: “Cmon @ metpoliceuk now agrees that this vigilance should take place safely.
“Many women want to show their concern. “Among them, the women met with police officers.”