Sarah Everard: Inquest opened into death of 33-year-old as family attend via video link

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An inquest into the death of Sarah Everard has opened, with her parents, brother and sister appearing in court via a video link to hear proceedings.

The inquest in Maidstone, Kent, was opened and then adjourned pending the outcome of criminal proceedings.

In the short hearing senior coroner Patricia Harding expressed to the family how sorry she was for their loss.

She also said that Ms Everard’s body had been released to her family so they can begin to plan her funeral.

It comes after a second post-mortem examination was carried out on Ms Everard’s body when the first proved inconclusive, police said.

The 33-year-old went missing on 3 March while walking home after visiting a friend in south London.

Her body was found in woodland near Ashford in Kent a week later, and serving police officer Wayne Couzens, 48, from Deal, also in Kent, has been charged with her murder.

Elsewhere in the county, a large police presence has been seen in the town of Sandwich in recent days as officers continue to search for clues.

Souce: Sky News