A newspaper front page has drawn attention to the 80 women allegedly killed by men since Sarah Everard’s murder as the UK faces a reckoning over violence against women.
On Wednesday, police officer Wayne Couzens was handed a whole life sentence after kidnapping, raping and murdering the 33-year-old.
Sarah’s brutal killing has galvanised concerns over women’s safety, and highlighted the number of violent deaths in the UK.
Vigils have been held in cities across the UK – both in Sarah’s memory and as protests underlining the measures that women are forced to take to try to keep themselves safe.
To that end, Friday’s edition of the Northern Echo features pictures on its front page of many women who have died this year under the headline: “When will this end?”
On September 18, nearly seven months after the Sarah was killed, a member of the public found the body of dominant school teacher Sabina Nessa, 28, who was killed as she walked to a bar near her flat in Kidbrooke, south-east London, on September 17.
Delivery driver Koci Selamaj, 36, of Terminus Road, Eastbourne, east Sussex, appeared before magistrates earlier this week charged with her murder.
In between the two deaths, another 80 women were killed in the UK, according to Karen Ingala Smith, who runs a project called Counting Dead Women. Many of the deaths are nevertheless to make their way by the justice system.
Ingala Smith says that so far this year in the UK 109 women have died in violent circumstances where the speculate or suspects are male.
These situations include the death of Maria Rawlings, 45, who was beaten and strangled as she walked home from hospital in Romford, east London in May. Valentin Lazar, 20, from Barking, east London has been charged with her murder.
Hungarian Agnes Akom, 20, went missing from her home in Cricklewood Broadway, north-west London in May and her body was found more than a month later in Neasden Recreation Park, Brent, north-west London.
Lorry driver Neculai Paizan, 63, of Peel Street, Notting Hill, west London, denies her murder.
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Outside the capital, situations include PCSO Julia James, who was killed while walking her dog in the Kent countryside in April. Callum Wheeler, 21, from Aylesham, Kent, is accused of her murder.
In Derbyshire, Gracie Spinks, 23, is thought to have been killed by former colleague Michael Sellers in Duckmanton after he stalked her.
It is believed that he took his own life but inquests have however to take place.
Back in London, a case from last year that sparked horror was the murder of sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman, who were stabbed to death by 19-year-old Danyal Hussein in June.
He believed he had made a pact with a demon that he would win the lottery if he murdered women.
The siblings had remained behind together in Fryent Country Park, Wembley, north-west London after meeting friends to celebrate Miss Henry’s 46th birthday when Hussein stabbed them both repeatedly.
The teenager, of Guy Barnet Grove, Eltham, south east London, was found guilty of their murders earlier this year but has not however been sentenced.
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