On March 3, Sarah Everard planned to have dinner with a friend.
The visit took place during England’s third national lockdown, so the 33-year-old broke the Corona rules by having dinner with a friend this evening.
– Captured on camera
She was 1.5 kilometers from her home in London when the accused confronted her.
An eyewitness saw the police officer handcuffing and arresting Everard, and they were captured on video cameras in two buses, a garbage truck and a police car.
“He may have used Corona rules as a reason to arrest her and to get her into the car,” Detective Simon Harding, who had a key role in the investigation, said, according to Sky News.
Videos from the scene show the police officer and Everard having a conversation, and Harding believes the accused abused his power as a police officer to get her into the car.
The 48-year-old was kidnapped, Sarah Everard, in a rental car on March 3, before she was raped and murdered, according to the indictment. Dozens have confessed to kidnapping and rape, as well as being linked to the murder.
The kidnapping took less than five minutes, according to BBC.
The killing led to large demonstrations against, among other things, violence against women. The backlash was intensified when this spring police forcibly violated Everard’s memorial service, because the participants violated corona rules.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “This appalling case has sparked a wave of emotion among women who do not feel safe at night.”
The wife of the accused police officer said she was as shocked as anyone, and says her husband never showed signs of violence or acted suspiciously, according to Sky News.
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