Protests are continuing in the UK for Sarah Everard, who was allegedly murdered by police officer Wayne Couzens.
Sarah Everard, who went missing on March 3 in south-east London, was found dead in woodland near Ashford, Kent, on March 10, and police officer Wayne Couzens, 48, was arrested in connection with the incident.
Thousands took to the streets to protest Everard’s murder. Commemorations and marches for Everard were held across the UK, with hundreds reunited in Parliament Square earlier today. Demonstrators marched from the Parliament building to the Prime Minister’s Office, Trafalgar Square and Oxford Street.
During the three-day protests, demonstrators commemorated Everard and protested the violence and abuse suffered by women. Demonstrators often chanted “We will not be silenced” and carried banners reading “Educate your sons” and “End violence against women.” Police made announcements during the march, calling for the protesters to disperse.
Sarah Everard, 33, was seen on camera at the doorbell of a house at around 9.30pm local time last March 3 as she left her friend’s house in Clapham and went to her own home in Brixton.
Everard’s body, which has not been heard from since, was found after a police search of woodland near Ashford, Kent, on March 10. On the same day, one police officer and one woman were detained on suspicion of “murder” at an address in Kent in connection with Everard’s disappearance.
Couzens, a 48-year-old police officer accused of kidnapping and murdering Everard, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on March 13. Rosemary Ainslie, Head of Special Crimes at the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said in a statement that “it was decided to prosecute Couzens following an application by the Metropolitan police for evidence reliant on the death of Sarah Everard,” adding that the CPS’s function was not to decide whether a person was guilty of a criminal offence, but to press charges and make independent assessments.