Four people charged with violating UK COVID-19 rules at Sarah Everd Vigil

The four who attended the murdered marketing executive Sarah Everd’s rally were charged with violating COVID-19 law in a secret court hearing in London.

Alerts followed the discovery of Everd’s body in Kent. Her murderer was found to be police officer PC Wayne Couzens, who was sentenced to life imprisonment last September after she admitted kidnapping, rape and murder.

Voluntary vigilance, attended by hundreds of people, took place at Clapham Common, where Everlard was kidnapped by Cousence, who tricked her into a handcuffed car after telling her that she was violating the blockade rules. Not far from the place.

It was held after Reclaimthese Streets was forced to cancel the official rally after being threatened with a fine of £ 10,000.

The Metropolitan Police Department was criticized for its allegedly handcuffed approach to the Metropolitan Police Department, where women were handcuffed to the ground and taken away primarily by male officers.

His Majesty’s Police Inspection Office reported that the police’s treatment of vigilance was a “public relations disaster,” and some of the senior officers’ remarks were “deaf.”

Vivian Hohmann (20 years old) from Lambeth, Dania Al Obed (27 years old) from Stratford in eastern London, Ben Wheeler (21 years old) from Kennington in southern London, Kevin Godin Preah (21 years old) from Manchester. 68 years old) was scheduled to appear in Westminster Magistrates. ‘Wednesday court.

But they are being charged under controversial A single step of justice (SJP), this is not open to the media or the public.

When London was under Tier 4 restrictions, all four were accused of attending a gathering of two or more in a public outdoor location.

Tristan Kirk, a court correspondent for the London Evening Standard, wrote on Twitter: [Ministry of Justice] The Attorney General has chosen to allow COVID to be prosecuted in a private court. In the early days of the pandemic, there were safety reasons. Now it is done for convenience. The Metropolitan Police has chosen to prosecute these (and many other) cases on the SJP system. “

Earlier this week Metropolitan Police Department The High Court’s decision concluding that it infringed the rights of the organizers of Reclaim these Streets was denied permission for a second appeal.

Four organizers, Jessica Lee, Anna Burley, Henna Shah, and Jamie Klingler, claimed to be a violation of their human rights to freedom of speech and assembly.

PA Media contributed to this report.

Chris Summers


Chris Summers is a UK-based journalist with a particular interest in crime, police and law, covering stories from a wide range of countries.

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