The family of Sarah Everard saw the police officer accused of her murder for the first time on Tuesday when he appeared before a judge at the Old Bailey.
Wayne Couzens, appeared via video link from Belmarsh Prison, where he has been held since he was charged with kidnap and murder at the weekend.
During an administrative hearing the Metropolitan Police officer was told he will stand trial in the Autumn.
Members of Miss Everard’s family joined the hearing in court 10 of the Central Criminal Court by video link, according to court officials.
The number of people allowed in the courtroom itself was restricted due to social distancing requirements, but journalists and interested parties were able to watch the live proceedings via a link.
Pc Couzens, who was wearing a red sweatshirt and grey tracksuit bottoms, swayed from side to side and rocked in his chair, throughout the 27 minute hearing.
Bearing cuts on the top of his head and above his left eye, the 48-year-old, had his hands pulled inside his sweatshirt and appeared distracted during proceedings.
He spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth, answering both questions in a clear voice.
With his head bowed the defendant twitched occasionally as the prosecution barrister, Tom Little QC, set out the case against him.
Mr Little said the circumstances of the case had led to a “very significant and wide-ranging investigation” and had attracted “almost unprecedented media and public attention”.
The judge, Mark Lucraft QC, the Recorder of London, said a plea hearing would be held on July 9 at the Old Bailey and a provisional trial date was set for October 25.
The judge said it was estimated the trial would last for up to four weeks and Pc Couzens was remanded in custody until the next hearing on July 9.
Pc Couzens, who was attached to Scotland Yard’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command is accused of abducting Miss Everard as she walked home from a friend’s flat in Clapham, south London, on the evening of March 3.
The 33-year-old marketing executive was reported missing the following day when she failed to meet her boyfriend as they had arranged and he was unable to raise her on the phone.
Footage of her walking along Poynders Road in south London at 9.30pm on the evening of March 3 was the last known sighting.
Pc Couzens, who is married with two children, was arrested at his home in Kent on the evening of March 9.
Police discovered Miss Everard’s body in woodland in Ashford, Kent the following day.
She was discovered inside a large builder’s bag and was formally identified through her dental records.
Pc Couzens was charged with kidnap and murder on Friday evening and made his first appearance at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Saturday morning.
A woman in her 30s who was arrested at the same time as Pc Couzens on suspicion of assisting an offender has been bailed by police.
During questioning he was twice rushed to hospital after suffering head injuries in his cell. There is no suggestion anyone else was involved.
Detectives are continuing to search areas of Kent including parts of the historic town of Sandwich, where police divers have been exploring the Delf Stream which runs into the River Stour.
Miss Everard’s death has sparked a national debate around female safety and has increased demands for more to be done to tackle violence against women.
A vigil in her memory of Saturday night ended in ugly scenes when the police moved in to break up a large gathering that was in breach of lockdown restrictions.
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