Family of PC accused of Sarah Everard’s murder say they’re ‘living in fear’

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The mother-in-law of Sarah Everard’s accused murderer has said she is "surprised" at the "horror" written about her family.

Nina Sukhoreba, the mum of Elena Couzens, who married murder accused Wayne Couzens in 2006, slammed online trolls.

From her home in Kirovograd, Ukraine, she told the Sunday Mirror: "Have they never heard of presumption of innocence?

"I am very surprised how the Western people have behaved. How can they write such horror about my family?"

A friend of Nina's also told the publication Elena is "really scared" and "can't believe what is happening" around her following

Internet trolls have even tracked down Elena's Facebook account, which has since been taken down, according to the Sunday Mirror, who claim that the laboratory assistant is now "living in fear".

She said: "Elena is really scared. She can’t believe what is happening.

"Her mum has never called Wayne her son-in-law, always son, and their relationship is more like mum and son."

Elena, 38, was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender on March 9 after her husband, Wayne Couzens, a serving Metropolitan Police officer, was arrested for the murder and kidnapping of Sarah Everard.

She has been bailed until next month but her husband was charged with Sarah's murder following the discovery of her body in Ashford, Kent.

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Appearing at Westminster Magistrates Court on Saturday March 13 Wayne spoke only to confirm personal details as he sat between two plain clothed police officers.

The court heard Sarah’s body was found inside a builder's bag in a woodland, and the 38-year-old marketing manager had to be identified through dental records.

Couzens will next appear in court on March 16 at the Old Bailey in London.

Sarah's disappearance has sparked a nationwide discussion about the safety of women in the UK and around the world.

Police were condemned on Saturday for the arrest of four people who attended a vigil for Sarah in Clapham Common.

Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball said she accepts why the actions of the officers have been "questioned," and said the force did not want to be in a position where "enforcement was necessary."

She added that people were allowed to gather for "over six hours" before "more people began to gather" and make speeches, forcing the Metropolitan Police to make "very difficult decision" to put an end to the event.

Claiming the vigil posed a "very real risk" of "transmitting" Covid, overriding the purpose of the vigil and led to the police's need to "protect people’s safety."

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