A serving British police officer is set to go on trial in October accused of the kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard whos killed ignited anger and rumination about what the society, government and police can do to stop male violence against women.
Everard, 33, was kidnapped as she walked home from a friend’s house in south London on March 3, which led to her body later being found in around 50 miles away in southeast England in a woodland.
Wayne Couzens, 48, a London officer whose duty was to guard diplomatic premises, appeared by video link from prison at the British capital’s Old Bailey central criminal court on Tuesday.
This murder has provoked thousands of women who have recounted their own experiences and fears of walking the streets on their own at night, while the police have faced severe criticism for how they handled a vigil for the murdered woman on Saturday when officers scuffled with mourners.
“The horrific case of Sarah Everard has unleashed a wave of feeling about women not feeling safe at night. We must do everything we can to ensure our streets are safe,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated in a meeting on Monday.