WAYNE Couzens will appear in custody at Westminster magistrates’ court TODAY after he was charged with the kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard.
In an unusual departure from normal protocol, the Crown Prosecution Service announced the charges instead of police.
The 33-year-old had been walking home from Clapham last week when she vanished sparking a huge manhunt.
Armed cop Wayne Couzens, 48, has also been arrested over a separate incident of indecent exposure.
The police watchdog is now investigating whether officers responded “appropriately” to a report linked to Couzens three days before Sarah disappeared.
Cops received two reports of an alleged sex offence in a south London McDonald’s that took place on Sunday 28 February.
The watchdog is investigating whether officers responded “appropriately” to the report, as it meant Couzens was was still working as a gun cop for three days and free to allegedly snatch Sarah on March 3.
Last night PC Couzens, 48, was rushed to hospital with serious head injuries after being found collapsed in his cell, The Sun has exclusively revealed.
He is currently being held at Wandsworth police station on suspicion of Sarah’s abduction and murder and nobody else is believed to be involved in the head injuries he suffered.
Today detectives probing Sarah’s disappearance have been searching near Couzen’s former family garage in Kent.
Police don’t believe the elite protection officer had ever met Sarah, 33, previously with her disappearance being treated as a “stranger attack”, police sources told The Times.
Sarah vanished last week after last being seen in south London, with human remains found on Wednesday in woodland in Ashford, Kent.
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