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Moment killer cop stopped Sarah Everard on street


This is the chilling second killer cop Wayne Couzens stopped Sarah Everard on the street as he arrested her for a pretend lockdown breach as an excuse to drive her into his automotive. 

Footage exhibits the 33-year-old stood on the pavement with Couzens moments earlier than he kidnapped her. 

Earlier, he had spent two hours driving via central and south London – prowling Kensington, Lavender Hill and Earls Court for a lone younger girl to abduct. 

After stalking the advertising and marketing government, Couzens left his rental automotive and was noticed on CCTV only a few ft from her. 

The twisted Met Protection Officer, who was carrying his police belt containing handcuffs, may be seen producing his warrant card as he claimed Miss Everard had breached Covid restrictions.

Footage the 33-year-old stood on the pavement with Couzens moments before he kidnapped her

Footage the 33-year-old stood on the pavement with Couzens moments earlier than he kidnapped her

The deranged Met Protection Officer, who was wearing his police belt containing handcuffs, can be seen producing his warrant card as he claimed Miss Everard had breached Covid restrictions

The deranged Met Protection Officer, who was carrying his police belt containing handcuffs, may be seen producing his warrant card as he claimed Miss Everard had breached Covid restrictions

Wayne Couzens in his uniform

Couzens in a court sketch today

Wayne Couzens (left, in his uniform together with his police belt circled); and proper, in a courtroom sketch) kidnapped, raped and murdered Sarah Everard in wicked crime after he had completed his shift

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Miss Everard’s disappearance sparked an enormous manhunt and led to an outpouring of anger concerning the security of girls on the streets 

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Couzens cuffed her arms behind her again, leaving her incapable of undoing the seatbelt he strapped round her after ordering her into the again of his rental automotive. 

As the wicked killer watched within the Old Bailey together with his head bowed, Miss Everard’s household heard in horrific element how the Miss spent her remaining hours earlier than the serving Metropolitan Police officer raped and murdered her, after which burned her physique in a pre-meditated assault that was weeks within the planning. 

It coincided with a string of more and more sick behaviour which noticed the married father-of-two flashing two girls in McDonald’s throughout two separate incidents. 

The courtroom heard in chilling proof how earlier on the night time Miss Everard was kidnapped her killer – who was ‘drawn to brutal pornography’ had spent two hours driving via central and south London – prowling Kensington, Lavender Hill and Earls Court for a lone younger girl to abduct. 

Witnesses later described how Miss Everard – who had spent the night at a pal’s home sharing a bottle of wine – appeared ‘compliant’ together with her ‘head down’ because the ‘confident-looking’ officer made what gave the impression to be a late-night arrest on the top of lockdown in March.

Couzens, who had lied to his household that he was working an evening shift that night, then drove his sufferer 80 miles to a distant stretch of highway in his residence county of Kent.  It was right here that he forcibly moved Miss Everard into his personal Seat automobile.

Miss Everard’s devastated household listened from the general public gallery because the Old Bailey heard harrowing particulars of how Couzens took her to a rural space and raped her, earlier than later being seen shopping for Lucozade and different drinks from BP station together with her physique in boot, after she was believed to have been murdered.

Distressing particulars of the timeline counsel Miss Everard might have been alive for greater than 4 hours behind Couzens’ automotive. She was snatched off the street by 9.30pm and when the killer pulled into the storage at 2.30am, Sarah is believed to have been in his boot, already useless. 

The courtroom heard he confessed to a psychiatrist that he had strangled Miss Everard together with his belt, and the prosecution stated her accidents had been in keeping with ones that might have been attributable to his police belt.

Couzens – who had ready for the kidnapping by shopping for a rental automotive and a sheet of movie from Amazon – hid her physique inside a fridge in a patch of rubbish-strewn woodland earlier than torching it.

The father-of-two then took his spouse and youngsters on a household journey to those self same woods simply days later and allowed the children to play close to a pond the place he had dumped her stays, the prosecution stated.

Quizzed by police, he lied that he had been ‘leant on’ by an Eastern European gang who threatened to hurt his household if he didn’t agree to choose up a girl and hand her over to the occupants of a van close to Maidstone.

Taken to Wandsworth Police Station, he repeatedly tried to self-harm by banging his head on a sink and working right into a wall, and was put below fixed watch earlier than showing in courtroom. 

Today, Miss Everard’s household and buddies gave sufferer impression statements to the Old Bailey. Her father, Jeremy Everard, demanded Couzens have a look at him whereas he was giving his testimony. 

The Old Bailey heard horrific particulars of the serving police officer’s deceit and Sarah’s remaining hours earlier than she was raped, murdered and burned in a pre-meditated assault that was weeks within the planning: 

  • Prosecution say 5 phrases summarise what PC Wayne Couzens did to Sarah Everard: ‘Deception, kidnap, rape, strangulation, hearth’; 
  • Friends in Deal stated Couzens was usually seen carrying his police belt with handcuffs and pepper spray, when not on responsibility, and he lied that he was an undercover police officer;
  • In December 2020 he joined Match.com and stated he had no spouse and youngsters. He additionally signed as much as an escort company; 
  • In January 2021, Couzens labored on COVID patrols and ‘used this information’ to kidnap his sufferer, who he stopped after doing laps of west and south-west London on the night time of March 3, 2021;
  • On February 10 he purchased a ‘police customary subject handcuff key with double locking pin’ from Amazon, which he used on his police-issue cuffs to detain Sarah Everard and drive her into his rent automotive;
  • On February 28, Couzens booked a rent automotive online from Enterprise and ordered a 100m roll of carpet protector movie from Amazon, used to line the boot the place he finally stored Sarah’s physique;
  • He had advised his spouse that he was working an evening shift when he grabbed Sarah – actually he was off responsibility and cruising the streets searching for a sufferer;
  • A pair driving previous witnessed the kidnapping. Couzens utilizing his warrant card and handcuffs to make a false arrest. They believed she had ‘completed one thing mistaken’ so did not intervene;  
  • A former boyfriend stated Sarah was ‘extraordinarily clever, savvy and streetwise’ and would by no means get right into a stranger’s automobile ‘except by drive or by manipulation’, which is strictly what Couzens did; 
  • Sarah was pushed 80 miles to the Kent coast, the place she was raped and murdered after a five-hour ordeal; 
  • In 2019 Wayne Couzens purchased plot of woodland in Hoads Wood close to Ashford. He bragged it was ‘excellent for day journeys’ – but it surely’s the place he burned Sarah’s physique and dumped it in baggage in shallow water; 
  • Couzens took his household on a visit to the woods the place he burned Miss Everard’s physique – permitting his kids to play close to the place it was dumped;
  • Phoned vet to rearrange for an appointment to see his canine and handed in his Met Police firearms licence; 
  • Lied about being compelled to ‘decide up a woman’ by an Eastern European gang who threatened his household;
  • Admits to killing her together with his belt – with prosecution saying accidents had been constant together with his police belt;
  • Couzens repeatedly self-harmed in his cell, as police divers discovered Miss Everard’s cellphone within the River Stour; 
  • Miss Everard’s father demanded killer ‘look me within the face’, mom stated she was ‘haunted’ by homicide and sister referred to as Couzens ‘a monster’;
  • Court additionally heard how Couzens was ‘drawn to brutal sexual pornography’ 
CCTV footage of Miss Everard captured earlier on the night she was kidnapped in March, sparking a nationwide hunt

CCTV footage of Miss Everard captured earlier on the night time she was kidnapped in March, sparking a nationwide hunt

Susan Everard (right), Miss Everard's mother, reading a victim impact statement as Couzens sits in the dock

Susan Everard (proper), Miss Everard’s mom, studying a sufferer impression assertion as Couzens sits within the dock 

Ms Everard's father Jeremy ordered Couzens to look at him as he pointed at him and told him 'I can never forgive you'

Ms Everard’s father Jeremy ordered Couzens to take a look at him as he pointed at him and advised him ‘I can by no means forgive you’

Police search woodland near to where Miss Everard's body was found. Couzens burned her body and dumped it in a pond

Police search woodland close to to the place Miss Everard’s physique was discovered. Couzens burned her physique and dumped it in a pond 

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Fake arrest ‘for breaking lockdown guidelines’ used to kidnap Miss Everard as she walked residence from a pal’s home

Wayne Couzens accused Sarah Everard of breaking lockdown guidelines to make a ‘pretend arrest’, the Old Bailey heard at the moment. 

The policeman used his handcuffs and warrant card to grab Miss Everard as she walked residence from visiting a pal in Clapham, south London, on the night of March 3.

The sexual predator, who had clocked off from a 12-hour shift that morning, went on to rape and strangle the 33-year-old advertising and marketing government earlier than setting hearth to her physique.

Per week after she disappeared, Miss Everard’s stays had been present in a woodland stream in Ashford, Kent, simply yards from land owned by Couzens.

How occasions within the Sarah Everard case unfolded

  • 2015: Kent Police allegedly fail to research an indecent publicity incident linked to Wayne Couzens.
  • September 2018: Couzens transfers to the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC).
  • 2019: Couzens and his spouse purchase a small space of woodland off Fridd Lane in Ashford, Kent.
  • February 2019: The Pc joins a response staff protecting the Bromley space of south London, having initially served in a Safer Neighbourhood Team.
  • February 2020: He strikes to the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command to patrol diplomatic premises, primarily embassies.
  • February 2021: The 48-year-old is linked to 2 allegations of indecent publicity in London, which it’s claimed Scotland Yard failed to research.
  • February 28: Couzens books a white Vauxhall Astra from a automotive rent agency in Dover, Kent, utilizing his private particulars and financial institution card. He additionally purchases a roll of self-adhesive movie marketed as a carpet protector on Amazon.
  • March 2: 7pm – Couzens begins a 12-hour shift at his base in West Brompton, west London.
  • March 3: On the day of her disappearance, Sarah Everard visits a pal within the Clapham Junction space and makes use of her financial institution card to purchase a bottle of wine in Sainsbury’s in Brixton Hill, south London, on her method.
  • 4.45pm – Couzens collects the rent automotive.
  • 9pm – Ms Everard leaves to stroll residence, some 2.5 miles away.
  • 9.13pm – She calls her boyfriend for slightly over 14 minutes.
  • 9.15pm – Ms Everard is captured alone on CCTV on the junction of Bowood Road and the South Circular.
  • 9.28pm – The subsequent sighting is on Cavendish Road and he or she remains to be alone.
  • 9.32pm – Ms Everard is caught on the digicam on a marked police automotive.
  • 9.35pm – A bus digicam captures two figures on Poynders Road standing beside a white Vauxhall Astra parked on the pavement with hazard lights flashing.
  • 9.38pm – Another bus digicam captures the identical automobile with the 2 entrance automotive doorways open.
  • – March 4: 1am – Having travelled out of London, the automotive is within the Tilmanstone space of Kent.
  • 8.30am – Couzens returns the rent automotive used within the abduction.
  • 8.10pm – Ms Everard is reported lacking by her boyfriend, Josh Lowth.
  • March 5: The case is escalated and the Specialist Crime Unit turns into concerned. Couzens, who is because of be off till March 8, experiences to work that he’s struggling with stress.
  • 2pm – He buys two inexperienced rubble baggage for £9.94 at B&Q in Dover.
  • March 6: Couzens emails his supervisor that he not needs to hold a firearm. He orders a tarpaulin and a bungee cargo internet on Amazon that are shipped to him the following day.
  • March 8: The officer experiences in sick on the day he is because of return to work.
  • March 9: 7.11pm – Couzens’ cellphone is wiped of all knowledge.
  • 7.50pm – Couzens is arrested at his residence in Deal, Kent. In a quick interview, he tells a narrative about being threatened by an Eastern European gang.
  • March 10: At round 4.45pm, a physique is found in a wooded space in Ashford, Kent, and later formally recognized by dental data. It is round 100 metres from land owned by Couzens.
  • March 11: Couzens solutions “no comment” in formal interviews.
  • March 12: 8.45pm: Couzens is charged.
  • July 9: Couzens pleads responsible to homicide when he seems on the Old Bailey by video hyperlink from Belmarsh excessive safety jail. 
  • September 29: Couzens faces a attainable entire life order when he’s sentenced.

 

CCTV footage confirmed Couzens elevating his left arm holding a warrant card earlier than handcuffing Miss Everard and placing her into the rent automotive.

A passenger in a passing automotive witnessed the kidnapping however mistook it for an arrest by an undercover officer, the courtroom heard.

A lady on the pavement appeared to have her left arm behind her again and was within the means of ‘giving her different arm behind her again’ as a person in darkish clothes handcuffed her, in line with the witness.

Mr Little stated: ‘The fast impression the passenger shaped was that she was witnessing an undercover police officer arresting a girl, whom she assumed ‘should have completed one thing mistaken’.

‘They had been actually witnessing the kidnapping of Sarah Everard. She was detained by fraud. The defendant utilizing his warrant card and handcuffs in addition to his different police subject tools to have an effect on a false arrest.’ 

Below is a abstract of at the moment’s listening to within the order it was heard in courtroom:

Victim of ‘deception, rape, strangulation and hearth’ 

Sarah Everard was the sufferer of ‘deception, kidnap, rape, strangulation, hearth’, the Old Bailey heard in the beginning of her assassin’s sentencing.

Wayne Couzens was a serving PC with the Metropolitan Police when he snatched Miss Everard as she walked residence in Clapham, south London, on the night of March 3.

The sexual predator, who had clocked off from a 12-hour shift that morning, went on to rape and strangle the 33-year-old advertising and marketing government.

Per week after she disappeared, Miss Everard’s physique was present in a woodland stream in Ashford, Kent, simply metres from land owned by Couzens.

Prosecutor Tom Little QC stated: ‘The defendant’s plot of land may be very near, and in the identical woods, that he was to burn Sarah Everard’s physique after he had murdered her.

‘He then moved her physique in inexperienced baggage that he had bought particularly for that job to a pond deeper into the woods however which was solely about 130 metres from his plot.’

Opening the info, Mr Little stated the disappearance of Miss Everard was one of the extensively publicised lacking particular person investigations the nation has ever seen.

After her physique was found in woodland, it grew to become summarised by the hashtag ‘she was simply strolling residence’, he stated.

But that didn’t fully describe what occurred to Miss Everard, the courtroom heard.

Mr Little stated: ‘Whilst it’s inconceivable to summarise what the defendant did to Sarah Everard in simply 5 phrases, if it needed to be completed then it could be extra acceptable to take action as deception, kidnap, rape, strangulation, hearth.’

Miss Everard: ‘Extremely clever, savvy and streetwise’

Miss Everard was described by a former long-term boyfriend as ‘extraordinarily clever, savvy and streetwise’ and ‘not a gullible particular person’, the Old Bailey heard.

He stated he couldn’t envisage her getting right into a automotive with somebody she didn’t know ‘except by drive or manipulation’, in line with Mr Little.

He stated Couzens labored on Covid patrols in late January this 12 months, implementing coronavirus laws, so would have recognized what language to make use of to those that might have breached them.

Couzens was stated to be carrying his police belt with handcuffs and an oblong black pouch, just like a pepper spray holder, when he kidnapped Miss Everard.

Mr Little stated he snatched Miss Everard in a ‘false arrest’, by ‘handcuffing her and displaying his warrant card’.

The prosecutor stated he should have taken her mobile phone from her and eliminated the sim card, which he tried to destroy.

Ahead of the beginning of the two-day listening to, Scotland Yard launched an announcement which learn: ‘We are sickened, angered and devastated by this man’s crimes which betray every little thing we stand for.

‘Our ideas are with Sarah’s household and her many buddies. It shouldn’t be attainable for us to think about what they’re going via.

‘We recognise his actions increase many questions and issues however we is not going to be commenting additional till the listening to is full.’   

Sarah Everard's boyfriend Josh Lowth arrives for the sentencing of her killer, policeman Wayne Couzens at the Old Bailey this morning

Sarah Everard’s boyfriend Josh Lowth arrives for the sentencing of her killer, policeman Wayne Couzens on the Old Bailey this morning

Killer was in debt for £29,000, rowed with the Met over pay, had a pretend Match.com profile, and used escorts

Couzens was in debt to the tune of £29,000 on the time of the killing, the Old Bailey heard. 

Mr Little stated: ‘In relation to funds on the materials time his financial institution accounts had been usually overdrawn solely being introduced into credit score for brief durations both by wages paid in and/or using brief time period payday loans.

‘He had a complete debt of slightly below £29,000 with numerous monetary establishments, which had been the topic of a debt administration plan agreed in Oct 2020 with a debt administration firm, Payplan, with agreed month-to-month repayments of £235.

‘I can by no means maintain her once more’: Sarah’s mom Susan says she now hugs daughter’s dressing robe

Susan Everard, mom of Sarah Everard

Sarah Everard, 14th June 1987 to March 2021 

Susan Everard, Sarah's mother

Susan Everard, Sarah’s mom

‘Sarah is gone and I’m damaged hearted. She was my treasured little woman, our youngest little one. The feeling of loss is so nice it’s visceral. And with the sorrow come waves of panic at not having the ability to see her once more. I can by no means discuss to her, by no means maintain her once more, and by no means extra be part of her life. We have stored her dressing robe – it nonetheless smells of her and I hug that as a substitute of her.

‘Sarah died in horrendous circumstances. I’m tormented on the considered what she endured. I play it out in my thoughts. I am going via the horrible sequence of occasions. I’m wondering when she realized she was in mortal hazard; I’m wondering what her assassin stated to her. When he strangled her, for the way lengthy was she acutely aware, figuring out she would die? It is torture to think about it. Sarah was handcuffed, unable to defend herself and there was nobody to rescue her. She spent her final hours on this earth with the very worst of humanity. She misplaced her life as a result of Wayne Couzens needed to fulfill his perverted wishes. It is a ridiculous motive, it’s nonsensical; how might he worth a human life so cheaply? I can not realize it. I’m incandescent with rage on the considered it. He handled my daughter as if she was nothing and disposed of her as if she was garbage.

‘If Sarah had died due to an sickness, she would have been cared for. We might have sorted her and been together with her. If she had died due to an accident, folks would have tried to assist – there would have been kindness. But there is no such thing as a consolation available, there is no such thing as a consoling thought in the best way Sarah died. In her final hours she was confronted with brutality and terror, alone with somebody intent on doing her hurt. The considered it’s insufferable. I’m haunted by the horror of it.

‘When Sarah went lacking we suffered days of agony, not figuring out the place she was or what had occurred to her. Then, when Sarah’s burnt stays had been discovered, we spent two horrible days ready for checks to point out how she had died, fearing she had been set alight earlier than she was useless – the thought was appalling.

‘Burning her physique was the ultimate insult, it meant we might by no means once more see her candy face and by no means say goodbye.

‘Our lives won’t ever be the identical. We needs to be a household of 5, however now we’re 4. Her loss of life leaves a yawning chasm in our lives that can’t be crammed. I yearn for her. I bear in mind all the beautiful issues about her: she was caring, she was humorous. She was intelligent, however she was good at sensible issues too. She was a ravishing dancer. She was an exquisite daughter. She was all the time there to pay attention, to advise, or just to share with the trivialities of the day. And she was additionally a strongly principled younger girl who knew proper from mistaken and who lived by these values. She was particular person. She had goal to her life.

‘My outlook on life has modified since Sarah died: I’m extra cautious; I fear extra about our different kids. I crave the familiarity and safety of residence; the broader world has misplaced its enchantment. It is simply too painful to ponder a future with out Sarah, so I simply stay within the right here and now. I consider Sarah on a regular basis, however the mornings and evenings are notably painful. In the morning I get up to the terrible actuality that Sarah is gone. In the evenings, on the time she was kidnapped, I let loose a silent scream: Don’t get within the automotive, Sarah. Don’t consider him. Run!

‘I’m repulsed by the considered Wayne Couzens and what he did to Sarah. I’m outraged that he masqueraded as a policeman so as to get what he needed. Sarah needed to get married and have kids, now all that has gone. He took her life and stole her future and we are going to by no means have the enjoyment of sharing that future together with her. Each day dawns and I believe, Sarah needs to be right here, main her life and embracing new experiences. She had so a few years forward of her.

‘I do not know the way anybody could possibly be so merciless as to take my daughter’s life. What I do know is that Sarah won’t ever be forgotten and is remembered with boundless love.

‘I cling on to reminiscences of Sarah, I maintain them tight to maintain them protected. The different night time, I dreamt that Sarah appeared at residence. In my dream I held her and will really feel her bodily. Jeremy was there, we had been comforting her, saying ‘it is alright Sarah, it is alright’. I’d give something to carry her as soon as extra; I hope I dream that dream once more.’

‘As at March 2021, the defendant additionally had a bank card account with NatWest which was in debt (£3460.70); and a PayPal bank card account which was additionally in debt (£1580.27); each of which had debt cost plans in place to make minimal month-to-month funds.’ 

Couzens was concerned in a dispute with the Met over his pay,’ Mr Little stated, including: ‘He talked freely to colleagues about this, and the truth that he hoped to acquire authorized help within the close to future. He had not mentioned every other monetary issues with colleagues. 

‘Most of his colleagues had the impression that he was a ”household man’.’ 

The courtroom additionally heard how Couzens had been paying for intercourse with escorts and had a Match.com profile below a pretend title. 

Mr Little stated: ‘In early February 2021, the defendant was in touch with an escort with username ”escourtbabygirl” via the Adult Work Escort Service.’ 

Later in at the moment’s listening to, Lord Justice Fulford requested the Crown in the event that they had been planning on mentioning proof he had seen in written submissions that colleagues stated Couzens was a fan of ‘brutal sexual pornography’.

Mr Little stated it had been intentionally omitted. Couzens’ lawyer Jim Sturman QC, stated it was from 2002 and was irrelevant.  

Couzens purchased a rubbish-strewn plot of woodland the place he burned Sarah’s physique  

The Old Bailey heard that Couzens and his spouse had purchased a plot of woodland by Ashford, Kent.

Mr Little stated: ‘The defendant’s plot of land may be very near, and in the identical woods, that he was to burn Sarah Everard’s physique after he had murdered her.

‘He then moved her physique in inexperienced baggage that he had bought particularly for that job to a pond deeper into the woods however which was solely about 130 metres from his plot,’ stated Mr Little.

PC labored on ‘Covid patrols’ and ‘knew the language used to deal with offenders’

In January this 12 months Couzens was working in ‘Covid patrols’ and was conscious of coronavirus laws and the language used on those that might have breached them, the Old Bailey heard. 

Mr Little stated that he had ‘arrested’ and handcuffed Miss Everard for a breach earlier than raping and murdering her. 

He continued: ‘These had been uniform Covid patrols through which the Covid laws had been enforced. The defendant undertook a few such shifts.

‘He was subsequently conscious of the laws and what language to make use of to those that might or might not have breached them, if chatting with them. He was to make use of that data to kidnap Sarah Everard.’ 

Policeman carried handcuffs with him whereas not on responsibility 

Members of the general public had observed Couzens carrying his police belt when not on responsibility, with a pair of handcuffs and black pepper spray holder.

‘This is the kind of tools that it may be inferred that the defendant was carrying when he kidnapped Sarah Everard,’ stated Mr Little. 

He continued: ‘It was commonplace for officers on PaDP to take private protecting and different tools (together with physique armour and handcuffs) residence with them from the Lillie Road base – they had been required to undertake frequent coaching, at numerous totally different places, to which they might journey straight.

‘For comfort, they might typically take residence the equipment wanted.

‘Two members of the general public had independently observed seeing the defendant when he was not on responsibility carrying his Police belt with handcuffs and an oblong black pouch (just like a pepper spray holder) connected to it (while out in Deal strolling his canine; and when attending a neighborhood pc {hardware} restore store within the city).

‘This is the kind of tools that it may be inferred that the defendant was carrying when he kidnapped Sarah Everard.

‘It is instructive that in relation to the incident within the restore store that when the proprietor requested the defendant jokingly if he was ‘into kinky stuff’ when he referred to {the handcuffs} that had been seen on the defendant’s belt. The defendant stated ‘I’m an undercover police officer’.

‘As he stated that the defendant chuckled however then opened his jacket slightly extra to disclose his Police subject equipment.’ 

A family handout of Miss Everard that was released through the Crown Prosecution Service this afternoon

A household handout of Miss Everard that was launched via the Crown Prosecution Service this afternoon 

Murderer’s remaining shift earlier than the homicide – guarding the American Embassy

Couzens labored his final shift from 7pm on March 2 to 7am the following day. It was a posting on the American Embassy. 

Mr Little stated: ‘That night the defendant mentioned the potential of leaving the Metropolitan Police due to the pay dispute and relying on the result he would possibly go off sick with stress.

‘This was meant to be the beginning of his interval of 5 relaxation days, from Wednesday Mar 3 at 7am to Mar 8 at 7am, when he was because of return to Lillie Road for a coaching day.’

The subsequent day he had a sick day however lied to his household, saying he was working one other night time shift. 

At this level his spouse despatched a message to his mom saying: ‘Wayne had a name for extra time shift tonight. I questioning if you happen to might decide kids from college tomorrow, would you?’. 

Couzens’ journey to ‘hunt a lone younger feminine to kidnap and rape’

After his remaining shift, Couzens drove again to his residence in Kent in his personal automotive, a Seat.  

After leaving residence, he picked up a Vauxhall Crossland rent automotive that he had booked on February 28. 

‘Take off your masks and have a look at me: Sarah’s father Jeremy says the homicide is ‘in my thoughts on a regular basis’

Jeremy Everard, father of Sarah Everard

Sarah Everard, 14th June 1987 to March 2021 

Sarah's father Jeremy Everard

Sarah’s father Jeremy Everard

‘The impression of what you might have completed won’t ever finish. The horrendous homicide of my daughter, Sarah, is in my thoughts on a regular basis and shall be for the remainder of my life.

‘A father needs to take care of his kids and repair every little thing and you’ve got intentionally and with pre- meditation stopped my capability to do this.

‘Sarah was handcuffed and unable to defend herself. This preys on my thoughts on a regular basis. I can by no means forgive you for what you might have completed, for taking Sarah away from us.

‘You burnt our daughter’s physique – you additional tortured us – in order that we couldn’t see her once more. We didn’t know whether or not you had burnt her alive or useless. You stopped us seeing Sarah for one final time and stopped me from giving my daughter one final kiss goodbye.

‘Her physique fell aside when she was moved. Her mind and neck bones had been eliminated for months by the pathologist and her physique was tough to protect so we had to make use of the companies of a specialist embalmer to allow a dignified burial.

‘All my household need is Sarah again with us. No punishment that you simply obtain will ever evaluate to the ache and torture that you’ve inflicted on us.

‘You murdered our daughter and without end broke the hearts of her mom, father, brother, sister, household and her buddies.

‘Sarah had a lot to stay up for and due to YOU that is now gone without end. She was saving to purchase a home and searching ahead to marriage and youngsters. We had been wanting ahead to having grandchildren. We beloved being part of Sarah’s world and anticipated her to have a full and completely satisfied life. The closest we will get to her now’s to go to her grave each day.’ 

Around this time, he had ordered a 100m roll of carpet protector movie from Amazon, used to line the boot the place he finally stored Miss Everard’s physique 

Describing his look, Mr Little stated: ‘The defendant was carrying a black puffa-style jacket with a Barbour emblem on the breast pocket, a darkish blue hooded jumper with a yellow lining within the hood, a darkish baseball cap with a white Polo emblem on the entrance, light-grey trousers and black and white trainers.’ 

During his journey again to London, Couzens was captured on CCTV buying a pack of 14 hair bands at a Tesco in Kensington, which was a ‘important’ buy and a part of his plans.

He proceeded to drive the automotive round Earls Court and different components of central and south London, crossing the river twice.

‘We say round route taken by the defendant in addition to the areas through which he was driving are in keeping with the defendant searching for, certainly trying to find a lone younger feminine to kidnap and rape, which is exactly what he did,’ Mr Little stated.

Miss Everard’s actions on the night time she was kidnapped and the ultimate cellphone name to her boyfriend

Miss Everard had labored the day of March 3 at residence, and deliberate to go to a pal’s home close to Clapham Junction to have dinner. 

After leaving her pal’s home, Miss Everard made a 14-minute name to her boyfriend, sounding ‘in good spirits’ and ‘not intoxicated.’

They made plans to satisfy later that week and ended the dialog usually, with Miss Everard meaning to stroll residence via south London, one thing she did routinely.

‘That name that the final that her household, buddies and colleagues heard from her,’ stated the prosecutor.

After failing to textual content a pal she was residence protected and lacking a piece assembly the next day, Miss Everard’s family members frantically tried to search out her and her boyfriend reported her lacking.

‘Her boyfriend went spherical to her flat however bought no reply,’ Mr Little stated. ‘He began to make enquiries with the hospitals and emergency companies, and reported Sarah as lacking to the police. 

‘He additionally made enquiries with different family and friends, however no person had heard from her all day.’ 

Missed probability to cease horror as couple witness kidnapping – however are reassured he was an undercover police officer 

The kidnap occurred on Poynders Road (A205), with Couzens travelling in the identical course as Miss Everard. 

In chilling CCTV footage, Couzens is seen driving behind Miss Everard earlier than stepping out of the automotive and standing a couple of ft other than her.

‘We can see the left hand of the defendant come in the direction of Sarah Everard as if he was displaying her one thing, we are saying the warrant card, and afterwards he should have handcuffed her,’ stated Mr Little.

A pair driving previous the scene noticed Couzens within the means of handcuffing Miss Everard, earlier than main her in the direction of the rent automobile.

‘The fast impression the passenger shaped was that she was witnessing an undercover police officer arresting a girl, whom she assumed ‘should have completed one thing mistaken’,’ stated Mr Little

‘They had been witnessing the kidnapping of Sarah Everard.

‘She was detained by fraud. The defendant utilizing his warrant card and handcuffs in addition to his different police subject tools to impact a false arrest.

‘Having handcuffed her to the rear she wouldn’t have been in a position to undo the seatbelt that the defendant should have positioned over her.

‘That was the beginning of her prolonged ordeal together with an 80 mile journey while detained which was to steer first to her rape after which her homicide.

‘At some level pretty quickly after driving from the pavement onto the South Circular and having not gone to a police station for instance, Sarah Everard should have realised her destiny.’ 

A number of areas were searched in Clapham as police tried to look for missing Sarah before the hunt moved to Kent

Quite a few areas had been searched in Clapham as police tried to search for lacking Sarah earlier than the hunt moved to Kent

‘I hate that I wasn’t there to save lots of her’, says Sarah Everard’s sister Katie

Katie Everard, sister of Sarah Everard

Victim private assertion

Katie Everard,  sister of Sarah

Katie Everard,  sister of Sarah

‘You handled Sarah as if she was nothing. Placed extra emphasis on satisfying your sick disgusting perversions than on a life. Her life. You disposed of my sister’s physique prefer it was garbage. Fly-tipped her like she meant nothing. She meant every little thing. We could not even see her, she was so badly burnt. Her mind was faraway from her cranium to verify for trauma and reason for loss of life – I nonetheless do not know in the event that they put her mind again in her head or whether or not it’s mendacity subsequent to her physique in her coffin.

‘Shards of her kneecap had been returned to us to be positioned together with her physique – shards that you simply knocked when shifting her burnt physique from the fridge you had used to cover her and conceal the hearth. We are nonetheless lacking her hyoid bone from her throat, which is being checked to see the drive you used to strangle her, to find out how lengthy she might have survived. We realize it was damaged. Her burnt physique nonetheless had her necklace and one earring in her ear – the opposite had fallen from her ear as a result of it had burnt off.

‘You hear from the police that it takes round 2 minutes to strangle somebody. And round 8- 10 seconds for them to lose consciousness. At first there’s a sense of reduction at listening to that your sister would possibly solely have been conscious of what was occurring for 8-10 seconds. But have you ever put your arms round your neck and tried pushing laborious? 8-10 seconds now appears a very long time.

‘You used your warrant card to trick my sister into your automotive. She sat in a automotive handcuffed for hours. What might she have thought she had completed mistaken? What lies did you inform her? When did she realise that she wasn’t going to outlive the night time?

‘I’m continuously replaying in my head – did you rape her, then kill her? Did you kill her whereas raping her? You get small nuggets of information and the thought course of begins once more. Your semen and blood had been present in your automotive. So this implies you raped her within the automotive. You discover out you might have used a belt to strangle her. New horrendous photos forming.

‘You stopped to get a Lucozade and water at a petroleum station. Was she nonetheless alive at this level? Bound in your automotive? I’m horrified by your capability to flit between what you probably did and regular on a regular basis actions. Your informal manner on CCTV was very upsetting and stunning to see.

‘We needed to go to the flat and pack up Sarah’s entire life – washing left hanging up, half sewn outfits, deliveries ready to be returned, packages ready on the door able to be opened. All indicators of a life ready to be lived – chores to be completed, prepared for her to return and proceed when she bought residence. But she by no means bought residence as a result of a predator – you – was on the free. Prowling the streets for hours searching for his prey.

‘You cannot comprehend what you’re being advised when it occurred as a result of it’s so horrific. Some kind of sick waking nightmare. You cannot think about anybody might do such a factor.

‘You are ready to listen to something from the police. Every bit you get is totally different. You hear her physique has been discovered. Then you discover out she has been burnt. So badly burnt you’ll be able to’t see her. Can’t see her once more to say goodbye. The first thought you might have in your head after despair and shock is – was she useless earlier than you burnt her? Imagine that even having to be a thought. You discover out no soot was present in her lungs which suggests she was burnt after you murdered her. Imagine being relieved to listen to your sister was useless earlier than she was burnt.

‘I replay it constantly spherical in my head. What you might have stated to her, what she might have stated again, when she realised she was in grave hazard and was not going to outlive. Hoping my sister was unconscious and drugged, however we all know that was not the case – no medication present in her physique, no trauma to the pinnacle. Burst blood vessels in her mind out of your strangulation. Which meant she was acutely aware once you had been doing these unfathomable issues to her. My solely hope is that she was in a state of shock and that she wasn’t conscious of the disgusting issues being completed to her by a monster. When you compelled your self upon and raped her. When you place your arms round her neck and strangled her.

‘It disgusts me that you simply had been the final particular person to the touch her excellent physique and violate her in the best way you probably did. The final particular person to see her alive and communicate to her. How scared she should have been. The final moments of her life not with family members, however frightened and preventing for her life. I hate to think about her being so scared and alone and that in her final moments she had nobody together with her. No kindness. I hate that I wasn’t there to save lots of her. To cease you. I discover it laborious to consider she is not only dwelling her personal life and sick on the thought that her final moments on this earth alive had been so horrific.

‘How dare you are taking her from me? Take away her hopes and goals. Her life. Children that may by no means be born. Generations that may by no means exist. Her future not exists. The future I used to be alleged to stay with my sister not exists. You have ruined so many lives.

‘Sarah is the easiest particular person with so many individuals who love and cherish her. I need to communicate to her and hug her and listen to her chortle and exit for dinners and drinks and dancing. All these conversations we will by no means have. There had been so many issues I needed to share together with her – journeys overseas, being one another’s bridesmaid, assembly her infants and being an

‘Aunty, rising outdated collectively and seeing who bought essentially the most wrinkles. We weren’t even midway via our journey and also you took all of it away!

‘I really feel like I stay in a make-believe world. As if nothing is actual. I’ve to faux as a result of the considered not having Sarah without end is simply too laborious to bear. A lifetime now appears a really very long time.

‘I ought to by no means have to write down a eulogy for or bury my little sister. There is not any punishment that you might obtain that may ever evaluate to the ache you might have precipitated us. We can by no means get Sarah again. The final moments of Sarah’s life play on my thoughts continuously. I’m so disgusted and appalled. It terrifies me that you’ve such disregard for an individual’s life. You have taken from me essentially the most treasured particular person. And I can by no means get her again.’

Kidnapping took ‘simply 5 minutes’ – as harrowing video exhibits Miss Everard behind Couzens’ automotive  

The courtroom heard Miss Everard’s kidnapping took lower than 5 minutes.

Harrowing CCTV footage from a personal automotive then confirmed the advertising and marketing government behind Couzens automotive. 

‘A nearside rear-facing digicam exhibits a determine within the rear passenger seat (behind the motive force),’ Mr Little stated. 

‘This was plainly Sarah Everard. A determine was additionally sitting within the driver’s seat. This was the defendant.’

Miss Everard was handcuffed at about 9.34pm, detained in Couzens’ rent automotive by 9.37pm and so they had been on their approach to Kent a minute later, Mr Little stated.

Couzens switches vehicles into automotive and takes Miss Everard to a rural space to rape her 

The courtroom was proven CCTV of the defendant’s rent automobile in Dover shortly after 11.30pm as he transferred his sufferer to his personal automotive, a Seat.

Couzens then drove to a distant rural space north-west of Dover which he knew properly the place he parked up and raped Miss Everard.

Between 1.03am and a pair of.43am, Couzens returned to central Dover with Miss Everard nonetheless in his Seat.

Mr Little stated the CPS ‘merely cannot say whether or not it was approximate to the rape or within the hour or two after that’ that Miss Everard was murdered.

With sufferer’s physique within the boot, Couzens buys a Lucozade, sizzling chocolate and a Bakewell tart 

The courtroom heard the prosecution couldn’t pinpoint the precise time Miss Everard was killed.

However, Mr Little stated that she should have been useless by round 2.30am when Couzens pulled right into a BP service station in Dover to purchase a Lucozade, apple juice, two bottles of nonetheless water and a service bag. 

He visited Hoads Wood close to Ashford twice throughout within the early morning, leaving simply earlier than dawn.

The courtroom heard he was to return to the world later the next day two extra instances.

At 8.15am on March 4, Couzens was captured on CCTV in a Costa Coffee store in Dover shopping for a sizzling chocolate and bakewell tart.

He went on to return the Vauxhall rent automotive having pushed simply over 300 miles.

Couzens throws Miss Everard’s cellphone into the ocean earlier than returning residence 

Later that morning (March 4), Couzens threw Miss Everard’s mobile phone right into a channel at Sandwich, just for it to be retrieved by a diver as a part of a search of the waterway.

After disposing of the cellphone he returned residence, the place he stayed all day. 

During the day a neighborhood dental surgical procedure phoned to cancel an appointment for his two kids. He was calm and accepting of this on the cellphone, Mr Little stated. 

At round 12.45pm, a neighborhood man was driving previous Hoads Wood in Ashford the place he noticed a ‘robust, intense flame’ round three-foot sq.. 

‘This is in keeping with the placement the place the defendant burnt Miss Everard’s physique, clothes and possessions utilizing the petrol he had bought earlier that day,’ Mr Little stated.   

Killer telephones vet to discuss his canine earlier than dumping Miss Everard’s physique

Having burnt Miss Everard’s physique, clothes and possessions inside a fridge, Couzens went on to name the vet about his canine.

In the decision performed in courtroom, Couzens defined that his pet had ‘separation anxiousness’.

He then purchased builders baggage at a B&Q in Dover earlier than returning to the woods.

Mr Little stated: ‘Whilst within the woods he should have moved Sarah Everard’s closely burnt physique from the place he had set hearth to it, to the pond the place she was subsequently discovered.

‘He did so utilizing the 2 baggage that he had simply bought from B&Q.’ 

Couzens takes household on a visit to the woods the place he burned Miss Everard’s physique – permitting his kids to play close to the place it was dumped

The courtroom heard that on Sunday March 7, Couzens took his spouse and two kids on a household journey to the woods the place solely days earlier than he had burned Miss Everard’s physique.

En route, he withdrew money from the identical service station he had been to shortly after raping and murdering his sufferer.

Mr Little stated: ‘It follows that the defendant took his household on a household journey to the very woods the place days earlier he had left Sarah Everard’s physique, then returned to burn it after which returned once more to maneuver it and conceal it.’

Couzens allowed his kids to play in ‘comparatively shut proximity to the place Miss Everard’s physique had been dumped within the pond’, he added.

While on his 5 days’ go away, Couzens had emailed his supervisor to say he felt ‘unable to hold firearms’. 

The courtroom heard this learn: ‘Sgt, at this second in time I really feel unable to hold firearms. The stress of my payroll scenario is inflicting me monetary implications, I really feel completely mislead and disillusioned by the best way I’ve been recruited and the dearth of measures to discover a resolution from HR. 

‘I’ve been completely trustworthy from the outset all via my software to current. I’ve provisionally made an appointment with my GP to hunt recommendation. I believed I used to be in place after coming back from damage nonetheless, this isn’t the case and I really feel extra of a legal responsibility as a result of present scenario I discover myself in. I’ll maintain you up to date all through.’ 

The following day – March 9 – Couzens went to Homebase to return a flat-pack trolley. A member of employees didn’t discover ‘something untoward about his manner’ throughout a 10-minute alternate, Mr Little stated. 

 

Miss Everard's family leave the Old Bailey after a previous hearing where Couzens made two guilty pleas. Her father Jeremy is seen on the left, with her sister Katie can be seen on the right.

Miss Everard’s household go away the Old Bailey after a earlier listening to the place Couzens made two responsible pleas. Her father Jeremy is seen on the left, together with her sister Katie may be seen on the suitable.

Couzens’ lies about being compelled to ‘decide up a woman’ by an Eastern European gang who threatened his household 

In a video proven in courtroom, Couzens sat on his couch, together with his arms in cuffs, as he was quizzed by police in his residence.

A police officer repeatedly requested if Couzens knew the place Miss Everard was, saying her ‘household and buddies are fearful about her’.

In a false account, Couzens described being in ‘monetary s***’ and ‘leant on’ by a gang after he tried to ‘rip off’ a intercourse employee he had booked online.

He claimed he felt his household was below menace and he had ‘no selection’ however to agree to choose up a girl, who was handed over to the occupants of a van close to Maidstone.

He advised officers: ‘If I might do one thing to get her again this minute, I’d. I’ll do it once more tomorrow if it meant saving my household… these guys meant enterprise.’

Couzens then gave police his cellphone, saying it could comprise the numbers he had referred to as to contact the intercourse employee. 

But officers had been unable to search out any name or message data. Later, a forensic unit discovered Couzens had given it a manufacturing unit reset earlier than police arrived at his residence.   

When pressed as to the place Miss Everard was, he stated repeatedly that he didn’t know, mendacity that ‘if I might do one thing to get her again proper this minute, I’d’, however on the similar time ‘I’ll do it once more tomorrow if it meant saving my household… these guys meant enterprise’.

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There was an enormous seek for Sarah Everard after she went lacking after visiting a pal earlier than her stays had been present in Kent

Police decide holes in Couzens’ account, earlier than discovering petrol, hairbands and latex gloves at his residence

An investigation discovered the killer was mendacity, with no automobiles just like the one he described as belonging to the pretend gangsters being seen on CCTV. 

He was taken to Wandsworth Police Station, the place he refused to offer intimate samples, the courtroom heard. 

A lot of important objects had been then discovered at his residence, prosecutor Mr Little stated. These included: 

  • A roll of adhesive movie that had been ordered on February, inside a cardboard field on the ground in a bed room;
  • Beige-coloured hairbands and a penis pump from a storage unit within the bed room;
  • Police equipment bag containing a ballistic vest and different objects. The contents included a leather-based handcuff pouch, two police shoulder numbers and one Civil Nuclear Constabulary uniform badges;
  • A inexperienced petrol can, similar in look to that bought by Couzens on the morning of March 4; 
  • Two opened packing containers of off-white giant latex gloves, from the workshop and storage respectively;
  • A pair of Quick Plasti Cuffs and pouch, discovered within the storage.

Miss Everard’s badly burned physique is discovered dumped in a pond – as Couzens tells police he strangled her ‘together with his police belt’ 

On March 10, a police search canine staff scoured Hoads Wood.

Mr Little described the second Miss Everard’s physique was discovered partially submerged in a pond inside builders baggage.

He stated: ‘Several canine picked up some scent and drew the eye of their handlers to a small pond.

‘Initially solely the handles of a inexperienced builder’s bag had been seen above the floor of the water.

‘Two of the canine entered the water and indicated curiosity within the bag. As one of many canine moved away, the bag appeared to return free from the ground of the pond, floating upwards and opening up…

‘One of the officers reported that he might see what gave the impression to be a physique within the bag.’

Miss Everard had been badly burned and was nonetheless carrying a necklace and gold-coloured ear-ring.

Couzens advised a psychiatrist he strangled Miss Everard together with his police belt, which tallied with the conclusions of a autopsy examination which discovered she died from compression of the neck.   

Two days’ later, a burnt fridge was discovered within the woods. Evidence urged Miss Everard’s physique was inside earlier than being burned.  

Miss Everard's death sparked an outpouring of grief, outrage and a series of protests at the rate of violence against women

Miss Everard’s loss of life sparked an outpouring of grief, outrage and a sequence of protests on the price of violence towards girls

Miss Everard’s bloody is present in Couzens’ automotive – as killer self-harms in custody 

Blood matching that of Miss Everard was discovered within the entrance passenger seat, rear seats and boot of Couzens’ Seat. There was additionally proof that she had been raped her. 

On March 10, the killer advised a custody nurse that he ‘experiences anxiousness and melancholy’. 

After being re-arrested for Miss Everard’s homicide, he intentionally hit his head on the bathroom bowl in his cell, sustained a minimize to his head, and was taken to St George’s Hospital. 

He advised a nurse he was experiencing ‘suicidal ideas’. 

When requested how he was feeling in a police interview, he stated: ‘I’m in a darkish place’. 

When the interview resumed, he answered ‘no remark’ to all questions requested.

On Friday March 12, Couzens self-harmed once more by deliberately working into the wall of his cell head first. 

He then banged his head towards a wall whereas ready for an ambulance.  

Couzens was charged with the homicide and kidnap of Sarah Everard on the night of Mar 12. 

Mr Little QC advised the courtroom: ‘He remained quiet with a lowered gaze, however answered questions politely when prompted.

‘He was positioned below fixed watch till he first appeared within the Magistrates’ courtroom the next morning.’

Victim’s cellphone is recovered by a diving staff

On Thursday March 18, a police diving staff discovered a mobile phone within the River Stour, which runs alongside Fellowship Walk in Sandwich.

The handset was forensically examined, and recognized as Miss Everard’s silver Apple iPhone.

The handset didn’t comprise a SIM card.

Police released this mugshot of murderer police officer Couzens after he admitted the horrific crime earlier this year

Police launched this mugshot of assassin police officer Couzens after he admitted the horrific crime earlier this 12 months 

Everard’s mom Susan says she is ‘haunted’ by the horror of her daughter’s homicide

Reading an announcement on the Old Bailey, Susan Everard stated: ‘Sarah died in horrendous circumstances. I’m tormented on the considered what she endured.

‘Sarah was handcuffed, unable to defend herself, and there was nobody to rescue her. She spent the final hours on this earth with the very worst of humanity.

‘She misplaced her life as a result of Wayne Couzens needed to fulfill his perverted wishes. It is a ridiculous motive. It is nonsensical. How might he worth a human life so cheaply?

‘I’m incandescent with rage on the considered it. He handled my daughter as if she was nothing and disposed of her as if she was garbage.’

Mrs Everard stated she was ‘repulsed’ by the considered what Couzens did.

She added: ‘I’m outraged that he masqueraded as a policeman so as to get what he needed.’

Father calls for Couzens appears to be like him straight within the eye 

Jeremy Everard demanded that her daughter’s killer have a look at him as he delivered an emotional sufferer impression assertion in courtroom.

He advised Couzens: ‘I can by no means forgive you for what you might have completed, for taking Sarah away from us.

‘You burnt our daughter’s physique – you additional tortured us – in order that we couldn’t see her once more.’

Couzens appeared to shake within the dock as Mr Everard went on: ‘You murdered our daughter and without end broke the hearts of her mom, father, brother, sister, household and her buddies.

‘Sarah had a lot to stay up for and due to you this has now gone without end.’

Ms Everard’s sister Katie Everard describes Couzens as a ‘monster’

Weeping as she learn her assertion, Katie Everard stated: ‘You used your warrant card to trick my sister into your automotive. She sat in a automotive handcuffed for hours.

‘What might she have thought she had completed mistaken? What lies did you inform her? When did she realise that she wasn’t going to outlive the night time?

‘My solely hope is that she was in a state of shock and that she wasn’t conscious of the disgusting issues being completed to her by a monster. When you compelled your self upon her and raped her.’ 

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