The Attorney General has issued a warning to the media regarding its coverage of Sarah Everard’s disappearance.
Ms Everard, from Brixton, was last seen alive on March 3, as she made her way home from a friend’s house in Clapham.
She was captured on a doorbell camera at around 9 pm walking along the A205 Poynders Road towards Tulse Hill.
A detailed search followed before human remains were found in woodland in Ashford, Kent, on 10 March.
On 12th March, the Met confirmed the remains as being Ms Everard after she was found in a builder’s bag. Her phone has never been found.
Wayne Couzens, 48, a serving officer with the Mets DPG, was arrested at his home in Deal, Kent, last Tuesday, some 50 miles from where the 33-year-old marketing executive disappeared in south London.
Couzens has now been charged with the kidnap and murder of Ms Everard.
The case has attracted a great deal of attention from the media, but the Attorney General has issued an advisory notice regarding some of the material, which ‘could create a substantial risk that the course of justice in these proceedings could be seriously impeded or prejudiced’.
A spokesperson for the Attorney General said:
‘The Attorney General draws attention to the requirement not to publish material that asserts or assumes the guilt of anyone who has been arrested. That is an issue to be determined by the jury if in due course there is a trial.
‘The Attorney General also wishes to remind journalists and members of the public that it can amount to contempt of court to publish information relating to untested and unconnected allegations against the suspect, and matters adverse to his character, the admissibility of which a Judge in due course may need to determine.
‘Editors, publishers and social media users should take legal advice to ensure they are in a position to fully comply with the obligations to which they are subject under the Contempt of Court Act 1981.
‘The Attorney General’s Office is monitoring the coverage of this investigation’.
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