British police officer Wayne Couzens’ mother-in-law complained of “horror” directed at her family since the officer was accused of kidnapping and murdering Sarah Everard.
Nina Sukhoreba he said to the mirror that his daughter, Elena, who has been married to London’s diplomatic protection officer for 15 years, has been forced to delete her social media due to the barrage of hate.
The messages included those calling the Couzenses “scum”, “evil parents” and hoping that the authorities would “take their children away,” the newspaper said.
“I am very surprised at how Western people have behaved,” Sukhoreba told the British newspaper from her home in Ukraine.
“How can they write so much horror about my family?” she asked.
The interview made no mention of addressing Everard, the 33-year-old marketing executive who was found dead after disappearing on March 3 while walking home after a night out in London.
His daughter was also arrested last week on suspicion of helping a criminal. She was released on bail until next month and has not been charged.
“Elena is really scared,” a friend of her mother told the British newspaper. “He cannot believe what is happening.”
Couzens was arrested last Tuesday and charged with kidnapping and murder. At a court hearing on Tuesday, he was held in custody until a guilty plea hearing on July 9, with a provisional trial date of October 25.
Everard, 33, disappeared on March 3 while walking home to Brixton, south London, after visiting friends in nearby Clapham. His body was discovered a week later in a forest in Ashford, Kent, about 50 miles away.
Her death sparked massive anger in the UK, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson chaired a special meeting Monday night to address British women’s safety fears.
“The horrible case of Sarah Everard has unleashed a wave of feelings that women do not feel safe at night,” Johnson said. “We must do everything we can to ensure that our streets are safe.”