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Sarah Everard: Murder and kidnap charges authorised

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Rosemary Ainslie, Head of Special Crime at the CPS, said: “Following a referral of evidence by the Metropolitan Police related to the death of Sarah Everard, the CPS has authorised the police to charge Wayne Couzens with murder and kidnapping.
 
“He will appear at Westminster magistrates' court tomorrow (13 March) for his first hearing.
 
“The function of the CPS is not to decide whether a person is guilty of a criminal offence, but to make fair, independent and objective assessments about whether it is appropriate to present charges to a court to consider.
 
“Criminal proceedings are now active and nothing should be published that could jeopardise the defendant’s right to a fair trial.”
 
 

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