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Wayne Couzens: Killer cop’s QC believes he should NOT die behind bars because there are worse crimes


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‘Nothing can convey her again – however figuring out he shall be imprisoned eternally brings some reduction’: Sarah Everard’s household react to Couzens’ entire life time period

The police officer killer of much-loved marketing executive Sarah Everard (pictured) was sentenced to life without parole today for one of the most heinous and shocking crimes in recent history

The police officer killer of much-loved advertising government Sarah Everard (pictured) was sentenced to life with out parole at present for probably the most heinous and surprising crimes in latest historical past

‘We are very happy that Wayne Couzens has obtained a full life sentence and can spend the remainder of his life in jail. Nothing could make issues higher, nothing can convey Sarah again, however figuring out he shall be imprisoned eternally brings some reduction.

‘Sarah misplaced her life needlessly and cruelly and all of the years of life she had but to take pleasure in have been stolen from her. Wayne Couzens held a place of belief as a police officer and we are outraged and sickened that he abused this belief so as to lure Sarah to her dying. The world is a safer place with him imprisoned.

‘It is nearly seven months since Sarah died and the ache of shedding her is overwhelming. We miss her on a regular basis. She was a stupendous younger girl in appears and character and our lives are the poorer with out her. We keep in mind all the beautiful issues about Sarah – her compassion and kindness, her intelligence, her sturdy social conscience. But we particularly like to recollect her laughing and dancing and having fun with life. We maintain her protected in our hearts.

‘We are immensely grateful to the police and authorized crew who labored on Sarah’s case. We can not thank them sufficient for his or her meticulous and painstaking work and for his or her fixed assist. We additionally ship our heartfelt because of our household and pals for comforting us by this horrible time.’

Britain’s most hated policeman Wayne Couzens was at present jailed for the remainder of his life with no probability of parole after he ‘misused’ his ‘workplace and authority’ as a Met officer to kidnap, rape and homicide his helpless sufferer Sarah Everard who was ‘merely strolling residence’.

Lord Justice Fulford instructed Couzens he is a ‘warped’ and ‘self-pitying’ killer who relied on his place and information of Covid-19 lockdown legal guidelines to hold out probably the most surprising crimes in latest historical past. 

Sarah’s tearful household watched as Couzens, 48, turned the primary police officer in British historical past to obtain a complete life sentence, standing to face him as he was taken to the cells.

Accusing him of ‘eroding’ public belief in police and making ladies extra frightened to stroll the streets, the choose mentioned: ‘Sarah Everard was an entirely innocent sufferer of a grotesque collection of offences’, including: ‘She was merely strolling residence’.  

The choose made the killer stand and face the court docket – however he saved his head bowed – as he handed down a complete life time period reserved for round 70 of Britain’s most harmful criminals together with serial killers and terrorists.

He mentioned: ‘Wayne Couzens, you kidnapped, raped and murdered Sarah Everard, having lengthy deliberate a violent sexual assault on a yet-to-be-selected sufferer who you supposed to coerce into your custody. 

‘You have irretrievably broken the lives of Sarah Everard’s household and pals – you’ve gotten eroded the arrogance that the general public are entitled to have within the police forces of England and Wales. 

‘I’ve seen no proof of real contrition in your half versus evident self-pity and makes an attempt by you to keep away from or minimise the correct penalties of what you’ve gotten achieved’.    

Outside the Old Bailey his former boss Cressida Dick refused to resign however admitted the now-sacked PC had ‘introduced disgrace on the Met’ and broken the ‘valuable bond of belief’ between the general public and police.   

She mentioned: ‘Sarah’s kidnap, rape and homicide was probably the most dreadful occasions within the 190-year historical past of the Metropolitan Police Service.

‘There are no phrases that may totally categorical the fury and disappointment we really feel about what occurred to Sarah. I’m so sorry’, including: ‘Speaking frankly as an organisation, we now have been rocked. I completely know that there are people who really feel their belief in us is shaken’.

Scotland Yard at present ended a coverage of permitting plainclothes officers to patrol alone – after Couzens used it to stage the arrest of Miss Everard earlier than raping and strangling her together with his police-issue belt.

The Met faces grave questions on how a twisted predator with a historical past of flashing and habit to violent porn remained of their midst and was even given the job of an armed officer guarding London’s embassies.

There are once more requires Commissioner Dick to resign after yet one more scandal on her watch after it emerged Couzens was nicknamed ‘The Rapist’ by former colleagues and uncovered himself to two ladies three days earlier than he kidnapped and killed the advertising government, 33, on the evening of March 3 this 12 months.

But the Met solely linked him to the intercourse crimes after his arrest for Sarah’s homicide amid claims they have been too sluggish to research to the incidents at a McDonald’s drive via in Swanley. 

As Couzens obtained essentially the most extreme jail sentence ever handed to a serving police officer, it additionally emerged at present:   

  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson mentioned he was ‘sickened’ by the kidnap, rape and homicide of Sarah, including: ‘No girl should should concern harassment or violence; 
  • Wayne Couzens should be thought-about over unsolved murders and crimes, professional criminologists urged at present as they mentioned ‘every thing urged he had achieved this earlier than’; 
  • Harriet Harman at present demanded under-fire Met chief Cressida Dick step down, because the pressure confronted questions over how killer cop Couzens – nicknamed ‘The Rapist’ – was capable of ‘slip by the online’ after a raft of missed alternatives;
  • MailOnline can reveal that Couzens’ spouse Olena is believed to have watched the Old Bailey listening to remotely as her husband was jailed for the remainder of his life. The choose referred to as her and couple’s two younger kids harmless victims of his deceit;
  • Sarah’s household regarded in direction of the killer as he was despatched down, earlier than hugging law enforcement officials and one another. They mentioned afterwards: ‘We are very happy that Wayne Couzens has obtained a full life sentence and can spend the remainder of his life in jail. Nothing could make issues higher, nothing can convey Sarah again, however figuring out he shall be imprisoned eternally brings some reduction’;

Couzens, who has not mentioned a phrase within the two-day listening to, shook barely as he was jailed in entrance of his sufferer’s household, who calmly regarded on from the nicely of the court docket.

Sarah Everard’s mother and father Jeremy and Susan who bravely confronted their daughter’s killer and referred to as him a ‘monster’ and ‘the very worst of humanity’, sighed with reduction, clasped palms and hugged law enforcement officials after Couzens shuffled out of the dock to be taken all the way down to the cells.

Couzens is presently being held in Belmarsh Prison in south-east London however could also be despatched to spend the remainder of his life on the ‘Beast Wing’ at HMP Full Sutton, the place he could be saved with different killers together with Jeremy Bamber and John Cannan in addition to serial rapists and paedophiles being protected against the remainder of the jail inhabitants.  

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Wayne Couzens stood however failed to take a look at the choose or Sarah Everard’s household as he was given a whole-life sentence on the Old Bailey – the primary ever given to a police officer

Sarah's father Jeremy, mother Susan, sister Katie and brother James arrive at the Old Bailey at a previous hearing. They confronted Couzens yesterday but he refused to look at them

Sarah’s father Jeremy, mom Susan, sister Katie and brother James arrive on the Old Bailey at a earlier listening to. They confronted Couzens yesterday however he refused to take a look at them

Couzens was swept into the Old Bailey this morning to be sentenced for one of the most revolting and repulsive crimes in recent history. He will now never see the light of day as a free man

Couzens was swept into the Old Bailey this morning to be sentenced for probably the most revolting and repulsive crimes in latest historical past. He will now by no means see the sunshine of day as a free man

Couzens had worked a shift as a police officer on the day he abducted Sarah - three days after he had been reported to police for flashing two women. He was arrested and initially lied saying he had not killed her, and had handed her to an eastern European gang

Couzens had worked a shift as a police officer on the day he abducted Sarah - three days after he had been reported to police for flashing two women. He was arrested and initially lied saying he had not killed her, and had handed her to an eastern European gang

Couzens had labored a shift as a police officer (left) on the day he kidnapped Sarah – three days after he had been reported to police for flashing two ladies. He was arrested (proper) and initially lied saying he had not killed her, and had handed her to an jap European gang

This is the moment, caught on CCTV, that Couzens staged the arrest using covid rules before cuffing her and putting her in a rented car. Miss Everard is beneath the yellow arrow while Couzens' arrow is purple

This is the second, caught on CCTV, that Couzens staged the arrest utilizing covid guidelines earlier than cuffing her and placing her in a rented automobile. Miss Everard is beneath the yellow arrow whereas Couzens’ arrow is purple

Couzens sitting in the front seat of the hire car, after he falsely 'arrested' Miss Everard (who is seated in the back) outside Poynders Court on Poynders Road, Clapham. It was only after they left London that she may have realised her fate

Couzens sitting within the entrance seat of the rent automobile, after he falsely ‘arrested’ Miss Everard (who’s seated within the again) exterior Poynders Court on Poynders Road, Clapham. It was solely after they left London that she might have realised her destiny 

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Whole life orders: Couzens is given a uncommon ‘life means life’ sentence that may see him die in jail

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Whole life orders are essentially the most extreme punishment accessible within the UK prison justice system for many who commit essentially the most critical crimes.

Wayne Couzens joins a string of among the nation’s most harmful offenders who are anticipated to die behind bars.

There are 60 criminals serving entire life orders, in accordance with Government figures to the tip of June.

They won’t ever be thought-about for launch, until there are distinctive compassionate grounds to warrant it.

Milly Dowler’s killer Levi Bellfield is considered the one prison in UK authorized historical past to be serving two entire life orders – for her homicide, the killings of Marsha McDonnell and Amelie Delagrange in addition to the tried homicide of Kate Sheedy.

Other infamous criminals serving entire life orders embody: Gloucester serial killer Rose West (pictured), Michael Adebolajo, one among Fusilier Lee Rigby’s killers; Mark Bridger, who murdered five-year-old April Jones in Wales; neo-Nazi Thomas Mair who killed MP Jo Cox; Grindr serial killer Stephen Port; and most not too long ago the Reading terror attacker Khairi Saadallah, who murdered three males in a park.

Before they died, Moors assassin Ian Brady and his girlfriend Myra Hindley, Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, and physician Harold Shipman – considered one among Britain’s most prolific serial killers – have been additionally amongst these serving entire life orders.

In the previous, residence secretaries might concern entire life tariffs and these are now decided by judges.

Under the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which is presently going by Parliament, the Government is attempting to develop the usage of entire life orders for premeditated homicide of a kid.

The reforms would additionally permit judges at hand out the utmost sentence to 18 to 20-year-olds in distinctive circumstances, corresponding to for acts of terrorism resulting in mass lack of life.

We may even give judges the discretion, in distinctive circumstances, to impose a complete life order on offenders aged 18 or over however below 21.

 

Setting out why Couzens deserved a complete life time period, the choose mentioned the circumstances of the case are ‘devastating, tragic and wholly brutal’ and the proof gathered towards Couzens by his former colleagues on the Met and Kent Police was ‘unanswerable’ and there was ‘no credible harmless clarification’ for it, he mentioned.

Couzens went ‘searching a lone feminine to kidnap and rape’ having deliberate in ‘unspeakably’ grim element, the choose mentioned, including: ‘Notwithstanding his responsible pleas, for my part the defendant all through sought to minimise his true duty for what occurred. At no stage has he provided any sort of full clarification as to what occurred within the fateful few hours’.

The defendant’s preparations included taking a few of his police package with him and mendacity to his household about engaged on the evening of the homicide, the Old Bailey heard.

The choose paid tribute to the dignity of Ms Everard’s household, whose statements in court docket revealed the human affect of the ‘warped, egocentric and brutal offending which was each sexual and homicidal.’  Lord Justice Fulford mentioned Couzens tried to ‘minimise his true duty’ for what had occurred from the second he spoke to police.

He mentioned the defendant will need to have realised he ‘might nicely must kill the lady he supposed to abduct and rape’ however that didn’t develop into a ‘particular end result’ earlier than occasions started to unfold. 

Earlier Couzens’ QC instructed the Old Bailey earlier that Couzens should not die behind bars because there have been ‘worse crimes’ than the kidnapping, rape and homicide of Sarah Everard.

Couzens’ defence lawyer Jim Sturman claimed his shopper, 48, is ‘stuffed with self-loathing, abject disgrace and regret’ for killing Miss Everard, 33, regardless of his shopper by no means providing any clarification or public apology for what he has achieved. 

Mr Sturman admitted that Couzens nonetheless can not face Sarah’s mother and father, who are in court docket at present and instructed him yesterday to take a look at them after they described their collective grief, torment and rage because of what he did to their daughter.

He mentioned: ‘He was invited to take a look at the Everards. He couldn’t I’m instructed. He is ashamed. What he has achieved is horrible. He deserves a really prolonged finite time period however he did all he might after he was arrested to minimise the depraved hurt that he did.’ 

A complete life time period has solely been handed to 50-plus of essentially the most harmful prisoners in British historical past for the reason that dying penalty was abolished, together with Rose West, the Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, Dennis Nilsen, Dr Death Harold Shipman and most not too long ago in 2021, Reading jihadi Khairi Saadallah.  

But Jim Sturman QC claimed that whereas Couzens had pre-planned the kidnapping, it was ‘not inevitable’ that Sarah could be murdered, including he should be proven some leniency for pleading responsible and sparing her household the ‘agony’ of a three-week trial. He additionally mentioned Couzens psychological well being issues have been ‘real’ and he had ‘not performed the system’.

He mentioned: ‘There may be very little proof he drove from Kent to London with homicide on his thoughts’, arguing he purchased the gadgets to get rid of the physique after she was strangled to dying together with his police-issue belt, including: ‘Nothing I say at present is in any respect supposed to minimise the horror of what Couzens did’ and that Couzens ‘makes no excuses’.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said Wayne Couzens had brought "shame" on the Metropolitan Police and branded him a "coward".

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said Wayne Couzens had brought "shame" on the Metropolitan Police and branded him a "coward".

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick mentioned Wayne Couzens (each pictured at present) had introduced ‘disgrace’ on the Metropolitan Police and branded him a ‘coward’

Cressida says ‘sorry’: Met chief says Sarah Everard homicide ‘has introduced disgrace’ on pressure however does NOT resign and is backed by Priti Patel regardless of fury at how killer cop ‘slipped by the online’ 

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Cressida Dick at present mentioned killer cop Wayne Couzens had ‘introduced disgrace on the Met’ as she apologised at how he was capable of abuse his place to kidnap, rape and homicide Sarah Everard – however resisted calls to resign amid anger on the a number of missed probabilities to establish him as a sexual predator.

The Met commissioner mentioned she was ‘completely horrified’ on the atrocity and mentioned she recognised ‘the dear bond of belief has been broken’ – because the pressure introduced it is not going to deploy plain garments law enforcement officials on their very own in an effort to reassure the general public.

Meanwhile, Priti Patel at present (pictured) mentioned the Met Police had ‘critical questions’ to reply over the case – however stood by Cressida Dick following requires her to resign amid fury at how the officer was capable of ‘slip the online’.

The Home Secretary mentioned Britain’s greatest pressure should be ‘held to account’ however batted away a query about whether or not she should now step down.

She mentioned: ‘I feel to start with there are necessary questions and questions that I’ve been asking and challenges, we now have to be trustworthy about this, specifically to this case, but in addition the conduct of that serving officer and conduct of policing extra broadly.

‘So, I’ll proceed to work with the Metropolitan Police and the Commissioner to carry them to account as all people would count on me to do, and I’ll proceed to do this.’

The Met is being investigated by the police watchdog for its alleged failure to research two flashings which have since been linked to Couzens at a McDonald’s in south London three days earlier than he kidnapped, raped and murdered Miss Everard.

Couzens used his police ID to hold out a pretend Covid arrest, cuffed the 33-year-old in his automobile after which strangled her utilizing his police belt.

There are additionally questions how the sexual deviant, 48, handed vetting to develop into an armed parliamentary and diplomatic safety officer regardless of quite a few rumours of his dangerous character, together with claims he was hooked on violent pornography and had mistreated ladies. 

Mr Sturman mentioned Couzens’s responsible pleas had saved the Everards ‘the fear’ of what the verdicts could be. He mentioned his household struggled to reconcile how ‘the person they liked’ who had given ‘no indication of violence in direction of the particular person’ might have ‘behaved on this manner’.

Mr Sturman added: ‘He seemed to be residing a life as a law-abiding man with a loving household and his colleagues described him as calm and pleasant.

‘Nothing I say at present is in any respect supposed to minimise the horror of what the defendant did that evening and after. He makes no excuses for his actions, he accepts he will obtain, and he deserves, a extreme punishment. No right-minded particular person… can really feel something aside from revulsion for what he did.

‘He doesn’t search to make excuses for something that he did and he is stuffed with self-loathing and abject disgrace. And he should be.’ 

The Metropolitan Police at present introduced they won’t deploy plain garments officers on their very own, following the sentencing of Wayne Couzens.

Deputy Commissioner Sir Stephen House mentioned: ‘We is not going to function plain garments officers on their very own. If we do use them, they are going to be in pairs.’

He mentioned there shall be ‘events’ the place that’s not potential – corresponding to when a pair of officers are break up up – and famous that off-duty officers not in uniform ‘put themselves on obligation’ after they come throughout an incident.

Sir Stephen acknowledged {that a} warrant card will not be sufficient to persuade all members of the general public that the holder is a official police officer.

He went on: ‘Producing a warrant card and saying ‘I’m a Metropolitan Police officer’ will not be sufficient in sure circumstances.

‘We are instructing our officers, the coverage going ahead shall be that they need to facilitate a larger belief.

‘If that’s, if needed, by permitting cellphone calls to be made to our management room, in order that the officer can present the warrant card and the particular person within the management room can say ‘sure, Steve House is a police officer and his warrant quantity – which shall be on the warrant card – is as follows’.

‘That should be sufficient to substantiate id, we consider. We know we now have to go additional to realize belief and to show id of plain clothed officers.

‘And we are ready and eager to do this.’

Asked concerning the Met’s description of Wayne Couzens as a ‘former officer’, Sir Stephen House mentioned: ‘We should personal this. I hope my assertion made it clear we do personal this.

‘Technically, he is an ex-officer. He wasn’t. He wasn’t on the time of the murder, fairly clearly.

‘He was one among us and we have to have a look at ourselves very, very rigorously to know a, how was he allowed to be one among us, and what does it say about us as an organisation that he was.’

He mentioned it’s ‘comprehensible’ for officers to suppose ‘that is not how I behave, he’s not one among us’.

But he added: ‘It’s not the commissioner’s place, it is not my place. Organisationally we personal this guilt.’

Couzens lower a pathetic determine as he refused to lift his head within the dock as Sarah Everard’s household instructed him of their torment, rage and being haunted by her closing hours. Couzens, a married father of two, even walked his household in woodland yards from the place he had dumped Sarah’s physique.

Multiple probabilities police missed to establish Couzens as sexual predator 

1 –  Couzens has been linked to an incident three days earlier than Miss Everard was kidnapped which noticed two members of workers being flashed at a department of McDonald’s in south London. The Met is being investigated by the IOPC for allegedly failing to probe these two separate incidents, regardless of apparently being supplied with CCTV. Couzens was solely recognized as a suspect after Miss Everard’s homicide. 

2 – A male motorist reported a person for driving bare from the waist down in 2015. An IOPC inquiry is underway over Kent Police’s alleged failure to research the report. Couzens was by no means a suspect on the time. 

PASSED VETTING FOR ELITE  MET ARMED UNIT 

The Met can be going through questions on how its vetting course of failed to select up issues round Couzens earlier than he was made an armed officer in its elite Diplomatic Protection Group, which concerned him guarding embassies, VIPs and members of the Royal Family. There have been quite a few clues about Couzens’ dangerous character, together with: 

  • Couzens used to work at his father’s storage in Dover earlier than becoming a member of the Kent Special Constabulary sooner or later after 2002. The court docket heard a colleague in that 12 months spoke of ‘his attraction to brutal sexual pornography’ however Jim Sturman QC, defending, mentioned it associated to a single incident ‘which is nearly unattainable to look at now’; 
  • He allegedly nicknamed ‘The Rapist’ by colleagues within the Civil Nuclear Constabulary – the place he was concerned in defending nuclear energy stations – because of his inappropriate behaviour round ladies;
  • He used prostitutes and had a pretend Match.com relationship profile regardless of being married with two kids, his trial heard; 
  • In 2018, it has been claimed that he was reported to bosses for slapping a feminine police officer’s backside at Bromley police station but it surely seems no motion was taken, a supply claimed;
  • While at Bromley, additionally it is alleged he turned the topic of gossip for under stopping feminine motorists – earlier than taking their particulars so he might watch their houses – and parking exterior faculties to leer at moms and sixth formers;
  • The Met mentioned: ‘Couzens was a serving and vetted police officer when he joined the Met. He had no prison convictions or cautions and he was not topic to any misconduct proceedings throughout his time on the MPS. We are conscious of no different issues raised by his colleagues or anybody concerning his behaviour.’ 

Her mom Susan confronted him on the Old Bailey yesterday and in a courageous and shifting sufferer affect assertion referred to as him ‘the very worst of humanity’ and revealed she wakes each morning and at all times thinks: ‘Don’t get within the automobile, Sarah. Don’t consider him. Run!’. She added: ‘I’m repulsed by the considered Wayne Couzens and what he did to Sarah’.

Her father, Jeremy Everard, demanded Couzens have a look at him whereas he was giving his testimony however his daughter’s assassin refused, having saved his head bowed all through yesterday’s six-hour listening to.

The homicide of Sarah Everard by Wayne Couzens was ‘a really evil factor to do’, Nick Price of the Crown Prosecution Service mentioned.

In a press release, he mentioned: ‘Today our ideas are with the household of Sarah Everard. We can solely start to think about their struggling which can, in fact, not finish with this sentence.

‘All of us within the CPS have been deeply affected by what occurred to Sarah. Wayne Couzens handled her with vile depravity. It was a really evil factor to do.

‘The investigation on this case by the Metropolitan Police was meticulous, and our joint prosecution crew labored exhausting to convey the strongest potential case to court docket.

‘The court docket has now heard the proof that confirmed his deliberate planning, and continued efforts to cowl up his crimes.

‘We all really feel betrayed that Couzens abused his place as a police officer to commit such abhorrent crimes. All of us should be free to stroll our streets safely.’

The Police Federation mentioned ‘predator’ Couzens was ‘an absolute shame to the police service’.

John Apter, National Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, mentioned: ‘This predator is an absolute shame to the police service, and I’m completely ashamed that he was ever a police officer.

‘I’m proud to hold a warrant card, however this vile particular person’s abuse of that authority has forged a shadow on all those that work inside policing. He has introduced shame to our uniform.

‘The manner he took benefit of Sarah’s belief makes me really feel sick to the abdomen.

‘No sentence will ever ease the ache for the household and pals of Sarah or undo the horrible harm this disgusting man has achieved. He would not need to have one other single day of freedom and I hope every single day he spends in jail is an extended one.’

Couzens stopped Miss Everard on the road and used Covid legal guidelines as a ploy to ‘arrest’ the advertising government and pressure her into his rental automobile earlier than raping and strangling her to dying in a sickening five-hour ordeal.

Footage taken from a passing dashcam exhibits the 33-year-old stood on a pavement on Poynders Road in Clapham as Couzens, who was sporting handcuffs on his police belt, speaks to her. 

She was then pushed for 2 hours to Dover the place he forcibly moved her from the rent automobile into his personal black Seat earlier than persevering with alongside distant again roads to Hoad’s Wood the place he raped her, strangled her together with his belt and stashed her physique in a fridge.

Earlier that evening, he spent two hours driving by central and south London – prowling Kensington, Lavender Hill and Earls Court for a lone younger girl to abduct – earlier than stalking Miss Everard and stopping subsequent to her.  

The twisted Met Protection Officer will be seen producing his warrant card as he claimed Miss Everard had breached Covid restrictions.

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

As the wicked killer watched within the Old Bailey together with his head bowed, Miss Everard’s household heard in horrific element how Miss Everard spent her closing 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. 

Her mom Susan instructed the Old Bailey: ‘Sarah died in horrendous circumstances. I’m tormented on the considered what she endured. 

‘I play it out in my thoughts. I’m going by the horrible sequence of occasions. I ponder when she realized she was in mortal hazard; I ponder what her assassin mentioned to her. When he strangled her, for the way lengthy was she aware, figuring out she would die? It is torture to think about it. Sarah was handcuffed.’

Her father Jeremy added: ‘Sarah was handcuffed and unable to defend herself. This preys on my thoughts on a regular basis.

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

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

CCTV footage captured by a passing bus confirmed Miss Everard within the again seat of Couzens’ rent automobile after she was falsely ‘arrested’. 

Couzens, who lied to his household about working an evening shift that night, then drove Miss Everard 80 miles to a distant stretch of highway in his residence county of Kent. Prosecutor Tom Little QC mentioned: ‘She will need to have realised her destiny.’ 

‘Sarah Everard was an entirely innocent sufferer of a grotesque collection of offences – you’ve gotten eroded belief in full’: Judge’s historic sentencing remarks on ‘warped’ killer Wayne Couzens in full  

Mr Justice Fulford, who jailed Couzens for life with no parole today

Mr Justice Fulford, who jailed Couzens for all times with no parole at present

An important deal has been mentioned in court docket during the last two days, I emphasise wholly correctly, concerning the devastating, tragic and wholly brutal circumstances of the dying of Sarah Everard; moreover, many particulars as to her demise, together with ample observations as to what it symbolises, have been publicized by reporters, commentators and lots of others. No doubt following the sentence that I’m about to go extra shall be mentioned and written. Given the singular nature of this case, that’s completely unsurprising. But in and amongst the phrases and the voices, two issues should not be forgotten throughout this sentencing train. First, the sufferer: who she was and what occurred to her in early March. Her private circumstances and the circumstances of her premature dying, coupled inevitably with the affect of what occurred on her household and those that have been near her, are a essential consideration. And, second, however that very important issue, the sentence that I go on the defendant should be simply, within the all-important sense that the related statutory provisions are to be utilized, together with the relevant case regulation and sentencing ideas. To discharge my perform faithfully, it is important, due to this fact, that I focus solely on the components that are correctly related to figuring out the proper sentence, and nothing else. 

The details of this case, in all their painful element, are basically undisputed they usually have been rehearsed most rigorously and with nice readability by Mr Little Q.C., main counsel for the Crown. It would serve no helpful function for me to repeat at size what has already been mentioned. Instead, I intend merely to spotlight these elements of what occurred that are for my part of specific relevance to the difficulty of sentence. First and foremost, Sarah Everard was an entirely innocent sufferer of a grotesquely executed collection of offences that culminated in her dying and the disposal of her physique. She was 33 years of age and had been working in advertising since graduating from Durham University, and he or she was merely strolling residence mid-evening having visited a good friend through the COVID pandemic. She was an clever, resourceful, gifted and much-loved younger girl, nonetheless within the early years of her life. I’ve not the slightest doubt that the defendant used his place as a police officer to coerce her on an entirely false pretext into the automobile he had employed for this function. It is almost certainly that he urged to Sarah Everard that she had breached the restrictions on motion that have been being enforced throughout that stage of the pandemic. Any clarification aside from coercion fails to consider her character and the proof of the occupants of a passing car who noticed her being handcuffed. It is to be emphasised that the defendant was lengthy used to exercising this sort of authority given he had beforehand been a member of the Kent Special Constabulary, shifting to the Civil Nuclear Constabulary in 2011. He joined the Metropolitan Police in September 2018 and since February 2020 he had labored for the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command, as an authorised Firearms Officer. He had participated in Covid patrols, to make sure that the rules have been enforced.

The proof towards the defendant, painstakingly compiled by the police, was basically unanswerable. The compelling CCTV compilation, the product of 1800 hours of footage, together with the cell website proof, revealed with absolute readability the core necessities of what had occurred. By the time that train was full, there was, for my part, no credible harmless clarification for the proof gathered towards him, and that is related to the difficulty of whether or not he has expressed real regret or remorse. Nonetheless, I must stress that I’ve had regard to the defendant’s responsible plea to all the fees as one of many mitigating options to be taken totally into consideration, alongside together with his age (48), his hitherto good character and the truth that he is the daddy of two kids.

The defendant spent a minimum of a month travelling to London to analysis how greatest to commit these crimes (because the wholly unexplained visits to the capital on 23 January, 5 February and 14 February). The diploma of preparation and the size of time over which it prolonged is to be pressured. He purchased a part of the wherewithal to handcuff his sufferer (a police customary concern handcuff key was bought from Amazon on 10 February and was discovered within the entrance of the Seat), self-adhesive carpet protector movie was bought on 28 February and delivered on 1 March and 14 hair bands have been bought in a store on 3 March at 8 pm. The protector movie had been used however its exact function is unknown. The hairbands have been both to be used so as to preserve an erection or as a method of restraint. This has not been disputed. He employed a automobile on 28 February which he drove to London on 3 March. He had parked the Seat motorcar in Dover in an space the place there have been no homes shut by, with the outcome that it was much less seemingly than in any other case would have been the case that there could be witnesses to what occurred, together with any indicators of misery or resistance by Sarah Everard when she was transferred from the rent automobile to the Seat. He used, due to this fact, the rent automobile, versus his personal car, to kidnap Sarah Everard. He took a few of his police package with him to London, clearly for my part to be used on this offending. He lied to his household about working an evening shift on 3 March and though he was in London that evening, he prevented visiting the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command base in Lillie Road. Instead, he lined in depth distances within the capital, past doubt, as urged by Mr Little, searching a lone younger feminine to kidnap and rape. It follows from this that the defendant had deliberate nicely upfront, in all its unspeakably grim element, what was to happen and when he encountered Sarah Everard all that was lacking as much as that time was his sufferer.

He stopped and handcuffed Sarah Everard on the roadside, and as I’ve already emphasised, he used his place as a police officer to allow this to occur. Her frame of mind and what she needed to endure over a journey of 80 miles and through the closing hours of her life, would have been as bleak and agonising as it’s potential to think about. Ultimately,

she was raped and strangled to dying. The defendant would have wanted to use stress to Sarah Everard’s neck for greater than two minutes so as to kill her. He took her to a distant space within the neighborhood of the Sibertswold cell website, which was nonetheless near roads which afforded easy accessibility. It is unknown exactly the place or when he raped Sarah Everard, though it was almost certainly to have occurred between midnight and quarter to at least one. He then drove across the Dover space. Although it’s equally unattainable to say exactly when or the place she was killed, it’s extremely seemingly that Sarah Everard had been murdered earlier than 2.34 am when he left the Seat and purchased some mushy drinks on the BP Dover South Services. The proof tends to display that he used Velcro straps to restrain her, given the DNA evaluation and the place within the automobile they have been discovered. His normal actions within the early hours of the morning are recognized however exactly what he was doing at numerous phases, for example when he travelled in direction of Ashford, is unsure. At 8.14 am he purchased a sizzling chocolate and Bakewell tart in Dover.

There will be little question as to the growing sense of desperation on the a part of Sarah Everard’s household, her boyfriend and her different pals because it turned more and more clear that one thing untoward had occurred to her. Their lives could have been irredeemably blighted by the defendant’s crimes. Her mother and father and her sister Katie learn their sufferer private statements with nice dignity. Along with the opposite statements which Mr Little summarised in court docket, they starkly and movingly revealed the true human penalties of this warped, egocentric and brutal offending, which was each sexual and homicidal. 

The defendant put appreciable effort into attempting to keep away from detection, each earlier than and after these offences. He took Sarah Everard’s cell phone from her and eliminated the Sim card. He later disposed of the handset, driving a substantial distance to Sandwich on 4 March, merely to throw it within the river earlier than instantly returning residence, arriving at a time which might coincide with him having been on a traditional evening shift. He acted at residence and elsewhere completely as regular, as evidenced by such prosaic particulars as reserving dental appointments for his kids. During the morning of 5 March, the defendant bought petrol in a plastic container and burnt Sarah Everard’s physique, alongside together with her possessions and clothes, which had been positioned in an deserted fridge in Hoads Wood in Kent. At about the identical time he once more bought foods and drinks for himself, and it was at about this juncture that he calmly organised an appointment by phone at a neighborhood veterinary apply for the household canine (the complete contents of the phone name have been performed throughout Mr Little’s opening). Later throughout 5 March, he moved Sarah Everard’s physique to a pond that was shut by in Hoads Wood, the place she was finally found, having used two luggage bought from B & Q so as to transport her stays. On Saturday 6 March, the defendant invented an excuse in an e mail to his supervisor to keep away from additional firearms duties and to stay away from work.

Within 3 days of the homicide the defendant took his household on a visit to the woods, shut by to the place he had deposited, burnt, moved and hid the physique of Sarah Everard, permitting his kids to play in that space. In due course he cleaned the outside of his Seat motorcar. 

He lied when arrested, and initially ran a completely false account by which he pretended that for 2 or three weeks he had been appearing below the coercion of a gang from one of many Balkan international locations who compelled him to abduct ladies who he then handed over. He urged he had delivered Sarah Everard, who was alive, to the gang. With obvious sincerity, the defendant gave the interviewing law enforcement officials an entirely false story by which he claimed he was a sufferer of threats which made him involved for his household’s security. His account on this concern was extremely detailed and it was an entire fiction. CCTV checks quickly demonstrated he had lied all through his account to the police. He tried to erase any information from his phone by the use of a manufacturing unit reset shortly earlier than the police arrived. He falsely claimed he would do something he might to assist to safe Sarah Everard’s launch from the gang.  

 There are 5 principal points that I must resolve. First, was the defendant affected by a light depressive dysfunction on the time of those offences? Second, in that case, what relevance is the prognosis? Third, although not relied on by the prosecution or the defence what’s the significance, if any, of the account the defendant gave to the psychiatrist, Dr Latham? Fourth, did the defendant intend to kill Sarah Everard from the outset? Fifth, what are to be the phrases of the life sentence that inevitably should be imposed? 

In contemplating these questions, Mr Sturman QC on behalf of the defendant, for whose restrained and focussed submissions I’m grateful, reminds the court docket that it’s undisputed that the appellant had been affected by a depressive sickness, the signs of which he has not tried to magnify. Mr Sturman urges the court docket to conclude that the defendant didn’t depart for London aspiring to kill his sufferer and that this intention was shaped later. It is recommended, moreover, that he has achieved all he is ready to display his contrition. As to query 5, Mr Sturman submits that a complete life tariff is an uncommon, certainly distinctive type of sentence, that must be rigorously and unambiguously justified, in {that a} borderline case should at all times be met with a determinate time period. The significance of the defendant’s responsible plea has been correctly pressured. Mr Sturman emphasises the benefit with which different accused may need superior wholly false allegations as a part of a defence, a few of which could have concerned slurs on the character and status of the deceased. All of that has been prevented by his acceptance of his guilt. He has no prior earlier convictions and a few of his colleagues have spoken supportively of him. It is especially pressured that insofar as counsel’s in depth researches point out, there has by no means been a complete life time period which doesn’t come throughout the classes set out expressly within the related provisions. In all of the circumstances, while it’s accepted that the tariff interval shall be in nicely in extra of 30 years, the court docket is urged to not impose a complete life order. 

The first query is comparatively straightforward to reply. Dr Latham not solely spoke to the defendant but in addition to his spouse, who described the defendant’s issues over issues he was experiencing together with his life, and notably his monetary difficulties. He suffered from lack of sleep and, now and again, dangerous tinnitus. It appears seemingly that although there is not any documented historical past of melancholy or anxiousness in Mr Couzen’s medical information, he might have suffered from episodes of gentle melancholy. However, as Dr Latham has noticed – and this goes to reply the second query – there is not any hyperlink between the melancholy and these offences. At most, this prognosis is just a part of the general image of the components that contribute to an understanding of the kidnapping, rape and homicide.  

As to the third query, the importance of the account given by the defendant to Dr Latham, I settle for this isn’t a verbatim account of what the defendant mentioned, and it’s only a abstract for the needs of the psychiatrist’s consideration of the defendant’s psychological state. Nonetheless, it’s revealing and wholly implausible. He urged he merely rented a automobile because he had issues together with his personal car. There is not any proof of this urged issue with the Seat and this clarification can not survive the sequence of occasions previous to the defendant’s departure for London and following his return with Sarah Everard, and notably the manoeuvring of the autos. I’ve little question that the defendant wished to make use of a motor automobile that was credible as a police car, given the Seat was extraordinarily untidy and given its look it was wholly inconceivable that it could have been utilized by a police workplace on obligation. Indeed, it was in such a poor state that it might nicely have alerted his sufferer that one thing was amiss together with her purported arrest. He is also prone to have wished to keep away from his personal automobile being recognized as having been within the related space when he kidnapped his sufferer. The defendant described to Dr Latham having pushed round in confusion, however that is completely at odds with the exact and cautious preparatory steps which he had taken for these offences, together with the lengths he went to within the hope of avoiding detection. These I’ve already described, they usually included mendacity to his household and buying the gadgets I’ve set out, together with the assorted steps he took following the killing. The obscure frame of mind that he urged to Dr Latham is fatally contradicted his confirmed calculated behaviour over the complete interval, together with shopping for foods and drinks, organising vet and dental appointments, and coolly taking his household on an outing very near the place he had left Sarah Everard’s physique. I emphasise that through the prolonged means of reserving the appointment with the Vet, the defendant sound managed and regular. This is related to the difficulty of whether or not the defendant has at any stage expressed any real contrition. Notwithstanding his responsible pleas for which he is entitled to the suitable full credit score as a mitigating issue, for my part the defendant has all through sought to minimise his true duty for what occurred, one thing he had achieved from the second he first spoke to the police and lied concerning the Balkan people- trafficking gang. At no stage has he provided any sort of full clarification as to what occurred.

As to the fourth query – did the defendant intend from the outset to homicide Sarah Everard? – this can be a troublesome concern. On the one hand, it’s virtually inconceivable that the defendant didn’t realise that he wouldn’t be capable of permit his sufferer to reside, given he had posed as a police officer, a revelation which might have tremendously narrowed the vary of potential suspects. He had made no try, furthermore, to disguise himself or to stop Sarah Everard from seeing the registration numbers or the make and fashions of each motorcars. She would have been capable of describe the areas to the place she had been pushed, having seen the city and road indicators en route. His identification primarily based on information from Sarah Everard was inevitable. On the opposite hand, he didn’t buy the petrol till after the homicide. I’ve concluded that given the planning and the thought that went into the kidnapping and rape of his sufferer, the defendant will need to have realised that he might nicely must kill the lady he supposed to abduct and rape, however this didn’t develop into a particular end result till the occasions had began to unfold and he had acquired the measure, because it have been, of the particular person he had attacked. 

The fifth query is essentially the most troublesome. The prosecution submits that this case of homicide (and the related offences of kidnap and rape) is one among such distinctive seriousness that it justifies the imposition of an entire life order in accordance with paragraph 2 of Schedule 21 of the Sentencing Act 2020 because it was dedicated by a serving police constable when appearing as if on obligation, and there are specific aggravating options, to which I’ll flip in a second.

By statute, circumstances which have a place to begin of an entire life order are these when the seriousness of the offence (or the mix of the offence and a number of offences related to it) is exceptionally excessive. Paragraph 2(2) of the Schedule supplies an inventory of circumstances that may usually fall on this class, particularly these, first, involving the homicide of two or extra individuals, the place every homicide includes a considerable diploma of premeditation or planning, the kidnapping of the sufferer, or sexual or sadistic conduct; second, the homicide of a kid if involving the kidnapping of the kid or sexual or sadistic motivation; third, the homicide of a police officer or jail officer in the midst of his or her obligation; fourth, a homicide achieved for the aim of advancing a political, spiritual, racial or ideological trigger, or, fifth, a homicide by an offender beforehand convicted of homicide. It is evident from the language of the schedule that this isn’t a closed record of circumstances. The use of the phrases ‘circumstances that may usually fall’ into this class makes this clear. 

The choices of the Court of Appeal reveal that even when a compulsory life sentence is required, a complete life order may be very hardly ever made. Such a sentence is reserved for the few exceptionally critical offences by which, after reflecting on all of the options of aggravation and mitigation, the choose is glad that the component of simply punishment and retribution requires the imposition of an entire life order. Nothing much less will suffice.

The Schedule clearly has the target of figuring out the kinds or classes of circumstances which, as a matter of precept, are in themselves so critical that a complete life order should be the start line. I anticipate that solely very hardly ever will conditions come up which advantage this place to begin however which weren’t included in paragraph 2(2). But the legislators wouldn’t have been capable of describe each state of affairs which may come up when an offender palpably must be handled in the identical manner as these expressly included in paragraph 2(2). I might stress, due to this fact, that I’ve adopted the strategy {that a} choose should solely go a complete life time period in a case corresponding to the current if he or she is confronted with a brand new class of exceptionally critical case that plainly calls to be handled on this manner and the choice is, due to this fact, not a borderline one. Otherwise, a prolonged minimal time period will suffice. 

The most necessary query on this sentencing train, due to this fact, revolves round a query of precept: if a police officer makes use of his workplace to kidnap, rape and homicide a sufferer, is the seriousness of the offence exceptionally excessive, such that it should be handled in the identical manner as the opposite examples set out in paragraph 2(2). In my judgment the police are in a singular place, which is actually totally different from every other public servants. They have powers of coercion and management that are in an distinctive class. In this nation it’s anticipated that the police will act within the public curiosity; certainly, the authority of the police is to a really important extent depending on the general public’s consent, and the facility of officers to detain, arrest and in any other case management necessary elements of our lives is barely efficient because of the essential belief that we repose within the constabulary, that they are going to act lawfully and in the very best pursuits of society. If that’s undermined, one of many enduring safeguards of regulation and order on this nation is inevitably jeopardised. In my judgment, the misuse of a police officer’s function corresponding to occurred on this case so as to kidnap, rape and homicide a lone sufferer is of equal seriousness as a homicide carried out for the aim of advancing a political, spiritual, racial or ideological trigger. All of those conditions assault totally different elements of the elemental underpinnings of our democratic lifestyle. It is that this very important issue which for my part makes the seriousness of this case exceptionally excessive. Self-evidently, it could want for the police officer to have used his function as a constable in a essential method to facilitate the fee of the offence; if his skilled occupation was of little or no relevance to the offending, then these issues clearly wouldn’t apply.

Added to this, the irritating options within the case are in depth. As I’ve already rehearsed, there was important planning and premeditation; the sufferer was kidnapped; there was essentially the most critical sexual conduct; the defendant was answerable for important psychological and bodily struggling which he inflicted on the sufferer earlier than her dying; and the defendant hid and tried to destroy Sarah Everard’s physique. There is little question however that these three offences are inextricably linked and in contemplating the proper sentence for homicide I’ve taken into consideration the kidnapping and the rape, so as to go a single sentence. 

I’ve borne in thoughts the truth that the defendant pleaded responsible in deciding whether or not it’s acceptable to make a complete life order. This has saved the Everard household and Sarah Everard’s pals from enduring a trial. That mentioned, having decided, as I’ve, that there should be a complete life order, given the misuse of the defendant’s function as a police officer and the intense aggravating options, self-evidently there will be no discount for the defendant’s responsible pleas.

Will the defendant please stand.

Wayne Couzens, you kidnapped, raped and murdered Sarah Everard, having lengthy deliberate a violent sexual assault on a yet-to-be-selected sufferer who you supposed to coerce into your custody. You have irretrievably broken the lives of Sarah Everard’s household and pals, within the methods to which I’ve, a minimum of partly, referred. Mrs Everard devastatingly referred to how the broader world has now misplaced its attraction for her and, I might add, little question for a lot of others who cared to your sufferer, and Sarah Everard’s sister referred to the inescapable actuality of the numerous lives you’ve gotten ruined. You have eroded the arrogance that the general public are entitled to have within the police forces of England and Wales. It is essential that each topic on this nation can belief law enforcement officials after they encounter them and undergo their authority, which they are entitled to consider is being exercised in good religion. You have totally betrayed your loved ones. Your spouse and kids, who on all of the proof, are completely innocent should reside with the ignominy of your dreadful crimes for the remainder of their lives. You have very significantly added to the sense of insecurity that many have residing in our cities, maybe notably ladies, when travelling by themselves and particularly at evening. During the interval earlier than your arrest, there was by no means a second once you gave the slightest indication of remorse, following maybe the realisation of the enormity of the dreadful crimes you had dedicated. Instead, you concurrently attended to the inconsequential particulars of household life while grimly overlaying your tracks, with all the looks of a person appearing with quiet and unconcerned willpower. The substantial CCTV footage and comparable materials doesn’t give the slightest trace of somebody in trauma, who has began to have second ideas within the chilly mild of day about what they’ve achieved. Notwithstanding your responsible pleas, due to this fact, I’ve seen no proof of real contrition in your half versus evident self-pity and makes an attempt by you to keep away from or minimise the correct penalties of what you’ve gotten achieved.

Those penalties are that on the depend of homicide you can be imprisoned for all times and the tariff is a complete life order. I’ve taken into consideration the offences of kidnapping and rape in reaching that call and on these counts I impose no separate penalty.

Take him down. 

There are three tributes which I want to pay. First, I’ve obtained essentially the most distinctive help from counsel and solicitors on each side. This has been a case of actual authorized and tactical issue, and the cooperation of the authorized occupation has been second to none. Mr Little and Mr Sturman notably have my thanks, together with their juniors. 

Second, this has been essentially the most spectacular police investigation that I’ve encountered within the 30 years I’ve been sitting as a part-time and full-time choose. The velocity with which the proof resulting in the arrest of the defendant was secured is extremely notable, as has been the painstaking reconstruction of those occasions utilizing digital materials together with extra old school strategies of policing. It can’t be urged for my part that the Metropolitan Police, even for a second, tried to shut ranks to guard one among their very own. Instead, remorselessly, effectively and impartially the investigating officers adopted all of the accessible leads, leading to an awesome case towards the accused. Meriting specific point out are Detective Chief Inspector Catherine Goodwin, Detective Kim Martin and Acting Detective Inspector Lee Tullett. Mr Tullett has been a key determine within the investigation and the preparation of this case, going nicely past what might correctly be anticipated of any police officer, and his function deserves excessive commendation. 

Third, making certain that this listening to ran easily has been no small feat given the variety of individuals to be accommodated in court docket and through CVP, together with the lingering logistical difficulties posed by the COVID pandemic. The workers at this court docket have ensured that every thing has gone precisely to plan, and I wish to acknowledge the unimaginable exhausting work and cautious thought that has enabled the procedures over final two days to look so deceptively easy.

 

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 evening she was kidnapped in March, sparking a nationwide hunt

Quizzed by police, Couzens (pictured in handcuffs) lied that he had been 'leant on' by an Eastern European gang who threatened to harm his family if he did not agree to pick up a woman

Quizzed by police, Couzens (pictured in handcuffs) lied that he had been ‘leant on’ by an Eastern European gang who threatened to hurt his household if he didn’t agree to select up a girl

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 sporting his police belt containing handcuffs, will be seen producing his warrant card as he claimed Miss Everard had breached Covid restrictions

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 recommend Miss Everard might have been alive for greater than 4 hours at the back of Couzens’ automobile. She was snatched off the road by 9.30pm and when the killer pulled into the storage at 2.30am, Sarah is believed to have been in his boot, already lifeless. 

The court docket heard he confessed to a psychiatrist that he had strangled Miss Everard together with his belt, and the prosecution mentioned her accidents have been per ones that may have been attributable to his police belt.

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

Footage launched by police confirmed the second Couzens rented the automobile he would go on to make use of to prowl the streets of London for nearly two hours earlier than selecting up Miss Everard.

The CCTV clip confirmed Couzens calmly laughing with a feminine attendant. He joked ‘you’ve got put me on the spot’ whereas attempting to recollect his cellphone quantity as she took his particulars.

He went on to go to a Tesco retailer in west London to purchase a pack of 14 hairbands simply an hour earlier than Miss Everard was kidnapped on March 3, earlier than making additional journeys to a B&Q two days after Miss Everard is believed to have been killed. He additionally visited a Homebase in Folkestone on the morning of Monday, March 8.

CCTV footage confirmed the second he went on to go to a BP storage in Dover on Friday, March 5 to purchase and fill a petroleum canister – believed to have been used to burn Miss Everard’s physique. 

Just days after the homicide, the father-of-two took his spouse and kids on a household journey and allowed the children to play close to a pond the place he had dumped Miss Everard’s stays, the prosecution mentioned.

CCTV footage (pictured) captured by a passing bus showed Miss Everard in the back seat of Couzens' hire car after she was falsely 'arrested'

CCTV footage (pictured) captured by a passing bus confirmed Miss Everard within the again seat of Couzens’ rent automobile after she was falsely ‘arrested’

Couzens sat in the drivers' seat of the hire car after buckling up Miss Everard's seatbelt in the back

Couzens sat within the drivers’ seat of the rent automobile after buckling up Miss Everard’s seatbelt within the again

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 select 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 court docket. 

Yesterday, Miss Everard’s household and pals gave sufferer affect statements to the Old Bailey. 

The Old Bailey heard horrific particulars of the serving police officer’s deceit and Sarah’s closing 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, fireplace’; 
  • Friends in Deal mentioned Couzens was commonly seen sporting his police belt with handcuffs and pepper spray, when not on obligation, and he lied that he was an undercover police officer;
  • In December 2020 he joined Match.com and mentioned he had no spouse and kids. 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 evening of March 3, 2021;
  • On February 10 he purchased a ‘police customary concern handcuff key with double locking pin’ from Amazon, which he used on his police-issue cuffs to detain Sarah Everard and pressure her into his rent automobile;
  • On February 28, Couzens booked a rent automobile online from Enterprise and ordered a 100m roll of carpet protector movie from Amazon, used to line the boot the place he finally saved Sarah’s physique;
  • He had instructed his spouse that he was working an evening shift when he grabbed Sarah – in truth he was off obligation and cruising the streets in search of 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 ‘achieved one thing unsuitable’ so did not intervene;  
  • A former boyfriend mentioned Sarah was ‘extraordinarily clever, savvy and streetwise’ and would by no means get right into a stranger’s car ‘until by pressure 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 luggage 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 pressured to ‘decide up a lady’ by an Eastern European gang who threatened his household;
  • Admits to killing her together with his belt – with prosecution saying accidents have 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 mentioned she was ‘haunted’ by homicide and sister referred to as Couzens ‘a monster’;
  • Court additionally heard how Couzens was ‘interested in brutal sexual pornography’ 

Killer cop’s ‘spouse silently watched him face justice’: Wayne Couzens’ partner is believed to have logged in to court docket feed remotely to listen to sentencing – as her sister says household’s ‘heads are nonetheless spinning’ from attempting to grasp crime

The spouse of killer cop Wayne Couzens silently watched him be jailed for the remainder of his life remotely on a court docket digital camera feed.

Olena Couzens logged in to view the two-day listening to on the Old Bailey from an unknown location.

The mother-of-two was believed to be amongst others unable to get to court docket however wished to observe the sentencing.

Her husband was sentenced to a complete life order for kidnapping, raping and murdering Sarah Everard and can by no means be freed.

Couzens stood together with his head bowed all through the sentencing listening to and didn’t search for as he was ordered by the choose to face.

He shook barely as he was jailed in entrance of his sufferer’s household, who calmly regarded on from the nicely of the court docket.

Olena Couzens logged onto a remote court feed to follow her husband's two day sentencing in real time on Wednesday

Olena Couzens logged onto a distant court docket feed to observe her husband’s two day sentencing in actual time on Wednesday

Bodycam footage shows the moment PC Wayne Couzens was caught

Wayne Couzens in his police uniform

Criminal and policeman: Couzens seen left when he was caught and proper as he served as a police officer in Kent

Sarah Everard’s mother and father Jeremy and Susan clasped palms and hugged law enforcement officials after Couzens shuffled out of the dock to be taken all the way down to the cells.

Olena’s sister-in-law says the household nonetheless do not perceive why he murdered her and their ‘heads are spinning’ from attempting to return to phrases with it.

Tetyana Obukhova, 39, who’s the older sister of Olena, instructed MailOnline: ‘I do not know why he’d achieved what he’s achieved, my head has been spinning for days, weeks whereas I used to be attempting to know it.

‘I do not know the explanations that made him do it, and I’m not going to take a position.

‘He should serve fairly a extreme punishment for what he’s achieved.’

Ms Obukhova mentioned her sister, Couzens’ shattered spouse of 15 years, was nonetheless residing within the UK and he or she did not know if she was planning to maneuver with the couple’s kids again to Ukraine.

While on duty on February 28, he booked a £65.30 hire car from Enterprise Rent-a-Car in Dover, which he collected on March 3 (pictured), having decided his own was too old and filthy to be passed off as a police vehicle

While on obligation on February 28, he booked a £65.30 rent automobile from Enterprise Rent-a-Car in Dover, which he collected on March 3 (pictured), having determined his personal was too previous and filthy to be handed off as a police car

Just four minutes after Sarah was seen walking down Cavendish Road towards her home, Couzens' hire car, was spotted travelling east, and passing the same camera

Just 4 minutes after Sarah was seen strolling down Cavendish Road in direction of her residence, Couzens’ rent automobile, was noticed travelling east, and passing the identical digital camera

Buying a hot chocolate and Bakewell tart at a Costa Coffee – wearing the very same clothes as he had the night before. Just over an hour later, he would dispose of Miss Everard's phone in a flood relief channel in Sandwich – but a fragment was later found in his car

Buying a sizzling chocolate and Bakewell tart at a Costa Coffee – sporting the exact same garments as he had the evening earlier than. Just over an hour later, he would get rid of Miss Everard’s cellphone in a flood reduction channel in Sandwich – however a fraction was later present in his automobile

Speaking from her residence in Kirovograd, 185 miles south of Kiev, Ms Obukhova insisted that the most important shock was that on the face of it, Couzens was a ‘respectable’ husband and father.

She added: ‘I personally do not know what to consider it. I simply do not know… maybe he was in a sort of a state. The man I do know, the person I spoke to, he is a good, good man. He is a beautiful husband, my sister by no means had a foul phrase to say about him, she by no means as soon as mentioned he was aggressive, or something like that.’

Recalling Sarah’s killing and Couzens subsequent arrest, Ms Obhukova mentioned: ‘She (Olena) realized about Sarah on the day when police got here to their home. She did not have a clue why the police have been on their doorstep. She was so shocked when he was arrested.

‘I do not suppose she might ever think about that he was capable of do such issues… to kidnap a girl.’

In July, Olena instructed MailOnline about her horror at what Couzens had achieved and that she saved on asking herself ‘why?’ because it was ‘not human behaviour.’

She added: ”If I had any thought what was occurring in Wayne’s head, then none of this is able to’ve occurred however I did not know something.

‘He did not seem like appearing surprisingly. I did not discover something was unsuitable. I’m working full time, more often than not I’m dropping the youngsters off in school and selecting them up, I’ve a extremely busy life-style.

‘I can not understand it because he by no means as soon as beforehand confirmed any glimpse of violence, he was by no means that manner. I’m simply as puzzled as everybody else.

‘I noticed nothing unsuitable. He had a stupendous household, home… what else did he want? I’m continually asking myself ‘the place I did miss the indicators?’ How on earth might this have occurred?’

Ms Obukhova revealed that Olena is prone to stay in England to lift her two kids.

She added: ‘She remains to be within the UK, I do not know if she is planning to go to Ukraine. She’s acquired to determine what’s the very best for her.

‘It’s exhausting to guess what she’s going to determine for herself, she’s acquired a job, kids are in school there.’

Police watchdog boss admits she would not strategy a lone policeman at evening as ex-Met Chief Superintendent says ladies PCs do not elevate issues about male colleagues’ behaviour ‘because they won’t come to their help after they need assistance’

A police watchdog inspector at present admitted she would have ‘issues and reservations’ about approaching a lone male police officer at evening with an issue, following the sentencing of Sarah Everard‘s killer Wayne Couzens.

Zoe Billingham, a senior inspector with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, additionally mentioned that she couldn’t say ‘with certainty’ that the homicide of a girl by a police officer in Britain wouldn’t occur once more.

Her feedback got here as former Scotland Yard chief inspector Parm Sandhu warned how that in her expertise, male officers shut rank towards feminine colleagues who elevate issues about their behaviour at work.

Ms Sandhu, who now mentors younger ladies changing into officers, additionally instructed of her concern over what number of ladies would really feel assured in getting right into a police officer’s automobile, and described Couzens as ‘a monster in uniform’.

Couzens’s previous boss Dame Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, is going through calls to resign within the wake of the homicide amid calls for for pressing motion to revive the arrogance of ladies within the police.

The Met immediately moved to distanced itself from Couzens yesterday earlier than his sentencing had begun, referring to him as a ‘former Metropolitan Police officer’ in a press release regardless of him utilizing his job and police belt to kill her.

Also yesterday, former DCI Simon Harding, who was a senior investigator on Miss Everard’s case, mentioned that ‘law enforcement officials don’t view Wayne Couzens as a police officer’ and that he ‘should by no means have been close to a uniform’. 

Couzens was accused of indecent publicity in a department of quick meals restaurant McDonald’s in Swanley, Kent, three days earlier than Miss Everard died, however was not arrested or taken off obligation whereas the matter was investigated. 

The 48-year-old had been accused of the identical crime in Dover in 2015, whereas working as an officer for the Civil Nuclear Constabulary. A motorist allegedly noticed him driving bare from the waist down, however no arrests have been made.

He additionally allegedly made feminine colleagues really feel uncomfortable and was nicknamed ‘the rapist’. Police watchdog the Independent Office for Police Conduct is investigating whether or not the allegations have been correctly handled.

Couzens, 48, who was sentenced on the Old Bailey at present, strangled 33-year-old Miss Everard together with his police belt after kidnapping her in South London below the guise of a pretend arrest for breaking lockdown guidelines. 

Zoe Billingham, a senior inspector with Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, said that she could not say 'with certainty' that the murder of a woman by a police officer in Britain would not happen again

Zoe Billingham, a senior inspector with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, mentioned that she couldn’t say ‘with certainty’ that the homicide of a girl by a police officer in Britain wouldn’t occur once more

Scotland Yard chief inspector Parm Sandhu (pictured on Sky News) warned how in her experience, male officers close rank against female colleagues who raise concerns about their behaviour at work.

Scotland Yard chief inspector Parm Sandhu (pictured on Sky News) warned how in her expertise, male officers shut rank towards feminine colleagues who elevate issues about their behaviour at work.

Ms Billingham instructed BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour at present that Couzens’s actions had struck a ‘hammer blow to the guts of policing legitimacy’ and that she had the identical ‘deep, deep anger’ that many individuals felt over the killing.

She added: ‘I feel this can be a watershed second for policing. I feel we can not abide by the narrative that this was a one-off, that he was a foul’un, and I feel each pressure now within the nation should look to re-establish belief and legitimacy.

Wayne Couzens, 48, was handed a whole life order today

Wayne Couzens, 48, was handed a complete life order at present

‘Because what Wayne Couzens did to Sarah Everard has struck a hammer blow to the guts of policing legitimacy in England and Wales.

‘It must be handled as thus, and I might name on ever pressure within the nation to now account instantly, not tomorrow, at present to account instantly to its communities a to precisely what it’s going to do to make sure that this could by no means occur once more.’

Asked by presenter Emma Barnett how protected she would really feel going to a male police officer at evening with an issue, Ms Billingham mentioned: ‘At this second in time, like every other girl, I’ve issues and reservations, and that is why I say at present we can not dismiss Wayne Couzens as a one-off as a rarity, as an aberration.

‘We should see each police pressure in England and Wales now stepping ahead to inform its communities exactly what it is doing to make sure that ladies are protected. We have but to see and say with certainty that this will not occur once more.’

Ms Billingham’s feedback got here two weeks after she revealed a report claiming that police chiefs should deal with violence towards ladies as critically as terrorism and cease ditching an ‘eye-watering’ variety of crimes.

Meanwhile Ms Sandhu, who lives in Sevenoaks, Kent, instructed Sky News: ‘Throughout my service there have been incidents of sexism. I used to be fortunate in that I’ve at all times managed to face up for myself at a value, and there have been hurdles.

‘I nonetheless mentor younger ladies who are becoming a member of the police service now. And you do should be sturdy, you do have to have the ability to deal with this stuff and also you do should name it out.

‘But sadly the bulk of people that within the police service are males, so it is put all the way down to banter and it is put all the way down to ‘oh, you may’t take a joke’.

‘So you must watch out about which battles you battle, and I feel that is why this monster acquired away with among the feedback and among the actions that he did at this office, which is why they referred to as him ‘the rapist’ at work.

A court artist's sketch of Lord Justice Fulford sentencing police officer Wayne Couzens at the Old Bailey in London today

A court docket artist’s sketch of Lord Justice Fulford sentencing police officer Wayne Couzens on the Old Bailey in London at present

‘But nobody was sturdy sufficient to truly take it any additional, or sturdy sufficient to truly make him depart the organisation.’

She continued: ‘My greatest concern now’s what number of ladies will really feel assured in getting right into a police officer’s automobile. The police service should be capable of shield and serve our communities. We are purported to be a part of the neighborhood… So for my part, one thing must be achieved to rebuild that belief and confidence.

Ms Sandhu additionally mentioned: ‘This man is a monster in uniform who had acquired by vetting procedures, so we have to have a look at how are we vetting individuals’. 

EXCLUSIVE: Killer cop ‘will need to have’ struck BEFORE: Criminologists recommend Wayne Couzens confirmed ‘skilled behaviour’ by snatching Sarah Everard off road then torching physique – and police ‘should be trying into his hyperlinks to different crimes’

Wayne Couzens should be thought-about over unsolved murders and crimes, consultants urged at present as they mentioned ‘every thing urged he had achieved this earlier than’.

The killer rapist, 48, who staged a pretend arrest to entice Sarah Everard at the back of his automobile was this morning sentenced to a complete life order for his crimes.

But consultants say the arrogance by which he carried out the kidnapping exhibits he had achieved it earlier than.

And the best way he disposed of Miss Everard’s physique by burning her stays signalled ‘skilled behaviour’. 

Criminologist Professor David Wilson instructed MailOnline: ‘I’m completely satisfied he is being checked out for different issues.

‘Everything revealed yesterday suggests Couzens has behaved on this manner earlier than.

‘It suggests to me this wasn’t his first offence. Nobody strikes into any such behaviour in a single day – they are a very long time within the making.

‘Nothing would shock me about Wayne Couzens and Wayne Couzens’ earlier offending.

‘I might deal with him in the identical class as John Worboys – because of the circumstances of him utilizing his occupation to focus on lone ladies.

‘He was engaged in numerous planning. One of the riskiest issues was he drove her 80 miles with a handcuffed girl at the back of his automobile.

‘The truth he did suggests he thought he was protected and that should come from the actual fact he has achieved one thing comparable previously.

Wayne Couzens, 48, will today learn if he will die in jail serving a whole life sentence for killing Sarah Everard in March

Couzens in his uniform

Wayne Couzens, 48, was at present given a complete life sentence for kidnap, rape and homicide of Sarah Everard. He will die in jail. 

 

This is the moment Couzens staged his fake arrest to lure Sarah Everard into being handcuffed and put in the back of his car

This is the second Couzens staged his pretend arrest to lure Sarah Everard into being handcuffed and put at the back of his automobile

Killer cop's rental Vauxhall Crossland, which he used to prowl London for a victim before forcing Sarah Everard into the back seat.

Killer cop's own Seat, which he parked on remote Dover road, and into which he forced Sarah Everard after 80-mile drive from London.

The two car’s utilized in killer cop’s horrific crime: How Wayne Couzens used a rental Vauxhall Crossland and his personal Seat household car to commit his horrific crime. First, prowling central London for a lone girl earlier than parking up in Clapham and confronting Sarah Everard. He used his police ID and Covid legal guidelines as an excuse to stage her false arrest, handcuffing her and putting her within the again seat of the rental automobile. Later, following an 80-mile journey out of London, Couzens transfered Ms Everard to his personal black Seat, which he had parked up on a distant stretch of highway in Dover. 

This fridge was used by Couzens to burn Miss Everard's clothing and body just yards from his own plot of land

This fridge was utilized by Couzens to burn Miss Everard’s clothes and physique simply yards from his personal plot of land

‘What was uncommon – and suggests his expertise – was his disposal of the physique.

‘Burning somebody’s stays is an effective method to eliminate it. All of that means that is skilled behaviour.’

Depraved Couzens used his Metropolitan Police-issue warrant card and handcuffs to grab Miss Everard as she walked residence from a good friend’s home in Clapham, south London, on the night of March 3.

Couzens, a firearms officer, had clocked off from a 12-hour shift on the American embassy that morning however within the time main as much as the kidnap had cruised the capital in search of a sufferer.

He posed as an undercover officer to stage the pretend arrest earlier than driving to a secluded rural space close to Dover in Kent, the place he parked up and raped Miss Everard.

Prof Wilson added: ‘The element that have been launched have been all about behaviour they usually have been practiced and managed.

‘They have been fairly clearly associated to his sexual fantasies. In my expertise no one makes their sexual fantasies a actuality in a single day.

‘The pretend arrest might be a signifier in his behaviour. He is kind of clearly keen on uniform, sadism and masochism, management and handcuffs.

‘His nickname was apparently ‘the rapist’ at work, he had clearly different complaints of indecent exposures to ladies earlier to Sarah’s homicide.

‘We should take these indecent exposures as a really critical indicator of abhorrent sexual behaviour.

‘He is 48 years previous, this isn’t a 25-year-old who’s in the beginning of his offending profession.

‘This is anyone who’s mature who has had numerous life expertise and that’s an indicator his previous life wants trying into.’

Criminal psychologist Dr David Holmes agreed police should attraction for any extra potential victims of Couzens.

He instructed MailOnline: ‘This is unlikely to be his first offence, he has simply not been caught earlier than. I feel some sort of public attraction could be a good suggestion.

‘This sort of behaviour doesn’t instantly emerge. The chilly, calm manner he did it could say that is one thing that was a part of his repertoire.

‘It could also be his first killing however I might have thought he had toyed round with this and presumably have an extended litany of encounters the place he has used his capability to have energy over others.

‘This fairly unlikely to be the primary time he has achieved one thing of this nature.’ 

 

Heartbreaking timeline of the homicide that shocked Britain: How killer policeman abused Covid powers to snare Sarah Everard… earlier than attempting to cowl up his monstrous crime

Wayne Couzens had served as a particular constable for Kent Police, earlier than shifting to the Civil Nuclear Constabulary and finally becoming a member of Scotland Yard as a firearms officer in September 2018 – throughout which era he had been trusted to guard MPs and diplomats, and guarding key buildings together with the US Embassy.

Colleagues regarded the married father of two as a ‘household man’, however in fact he was a porn-obsessed predator who is believed to have blown money on escorts, and had begged for a pay rise after amassing money owed of just about £30,000. 

He spent lockdown trawling relationship websites, falsely claiming to be a single man with no kids, whereas a minimum of one colleague reported figuring out he was ‘interested in violent sexual pornography’ way back to 2002. 

Couzens had joined colleagues on uniformed patrols implementing lockdown in January. This seems to have impressed his sickening plot.         

While on duty on February 28, he booked a £65.30 hire car from Enterprise Rent-a-Car in Dover, which he collected on March 3 (pictured), having decided his own was too old and filthy to be passed off as a police vehicle

While on obligation on February 28, he booked a £65.30 rent automobile from Enterprise Rent-a-Car in Dover, which he collected on March 3 (pictured), having determined his personal was too previous and filthy to be handed off as a police car

At 5.52pm Sarah Everard is seen as she leaves her home in Craster Road, Brixton, for an evening out

At 5.52pm Sarah Everard is seen as she leaves her residence in Craster Road, Brixton, for a night out

While on her journey for her night out, Sarah stops off at a Sainsbury's store on Brixton Hill at 6pm and is seen talking on the phone as she enters the shop

While on her journey for her evening out, Sarah stops off at a Sainsbury’s retailer on Brixton Hill at 6pm and is seen speaking on the cellphone as she enters the store

Security cameras inside the Sainsbury's store saw Sarah use a self-checkout aisle to purchase a bottle of wine in preparation for her evening

Security cameras contained in the Sainsbury’s retailer noticed Sarah use a self-checkout aisle to buy a bottle of wine in preparation for her night

Just three minutes after having entered the Sainsbury's store on Brixton Hill, Sarah is seen leaving again to visit a friend in Clapham Junction

Just three minutes after having entered the Sainsbury’s retailer on Brixton Hill, Sarah is seen leaving once more to go to a good friend in Clapham Junction

Miss Everard, described by a former partner as 'savvy and streetwise', was on her way home at 9.15pm, having had dinner with a friend in Clapham. Pictured: Sarah is seen as she leaves her friend's house and starts walking home to Brixton

Miss Everard, described by a former accomplice as ‘savvy and streetwise’, was on her manner residence at 9.15pm, having had dinner with a good friend in Clapham. Pictured: Sarah is seen as she leaves her good friend’s home and begins strolling residence to Brixton

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She is said to have been in 'good spirits' as she chatted to her boyfriend on the phone while walking briskly along the well-lit A205, which was busy with traffic. The call ended at 9.28pm. It would be the last time anyone heard from her. Pictured: Sarah walks east down Cavendish Road towards her home after concluding her call with her boyfriend

She is alleged to have been in ‘good spirits’ as she chatted to her boyfriend on the cellphone whereas strolling briskly alongside the well-lit A205, which was busy with site visitors. The name ended at 9.28pm. It could be the final time anybody heard from her. Pictured: Sarah walks east down Cavendish Road in direction of her residence after concluding her name together with her boyfriend

Just four minutes after Sarah was seen walking down Cavendish Road towards her home, Couzens' hire car, was spotted travelling east, and passing the same camera

Just 4 minutes after Sarah was seen strolling down Cavendish Road in direction of her residence, Couzens’ rent automobile, was noticed travelling east, and passing the identical digital camera

Couzens (right) pulled over, on the pretence of arresting Miss Everard (left) for breaching lockdown rules. Dashcam footage from cars and buses travelling past captured him flashing his warrant card before reaching for his handcuffs

Couzens (proper) pulled over, on the pretence of arresting Miss Everard (left) for breaching lockdown guidelines. Dashcam footage from vehicles and buses travelling previous captured him flashing his warrant card earlier than reaching for his handcuffs

A bus CCTV camera captures Sarah in the back seat of Couzens' car. At the precise moment Couzens abducted Miss Everard – on March 3 – his wife Elena sent a message to his mother: 'Wayne had a call for overtime shift tonight. I [was] wondering if you could pick children from school tomorrow, would you?'

A bus CCTV digital camera captures Sarah within the again seat of Couzens’ automobile. At the exact second Couzens kidnapped Miss Everard – on March 3 – his spouse Elena despatched a message to his mom: ‘Wayne had a name for extra time shift tonight. I [was] questioning should you might decide kids from faculty tomorrow, would you?’

Buying a hot chocolate and Bakewell tart at a Costa Coffee – wearing the very same clothes as he had the night before. Just over an hour later, he would dispose of Miss Everard's phone in a flood relief channel in Sandwich – but a fragment was later found in his car

Buying a sizzling chocolate and Bakewell tart at a Costa Coffee – sporting the exact same garments as he had the evening earlier than. Just over an hour later, he would get rid of Miss Everard’s cellphone in a flood reduction channel in Sandwich – however a fraction was later present in his automobile

On March 5, Couzens bought a can of petrol (pictured) and another McDonald's meal before heading back to Hoad's Wood, where he had purchased a plot of land – described as 'perfect for day trips' – in 2019, and where he had left his murdered victim's body more than 24 hours ago

On March 5, Couzens purchased a can of petrol (pictured) and one other McDonald’s meal earlier than heading again to Hoad’s Wood, the place he had bought a plot of land – described as ‘excellent for day journeys’ – in 2019, and the place he had left his murdered sufferer’s physique greater than 24 hours in the past

At 12.45pm on March 5, a local sees a large fire by a fridge. This was used by Couzens to burn Miss Everard's clothing and body just yards from his own plot of land. He brought his wife and children to the woodland two days later

At 12.45pm on March 5, a neighborhood sees a big fireplace by a fridge. This was utilized by Couzens to burn Miss Everard’s clothes and physique simply yards from his personal plot of land. He introduced his spouse and kids to the woodland two days later

Couzens is seen strolling into B&Q – having already bought items from Amazon, including a police-issue handcuff key and a roll of self-adhesive plastic carpet-protecting film, to prepare for his crime over several weeks

Couzens is seen strolling into B&Q – having already purchased gadgets from Amazon, together with a police-issue handcuff key and a roll of self-adhesive plastic carpet-protecting movie, to arrange for his crime over a number of weeks

Couzens buying building sacks from B&Q for £9.94. He then returns to the woods to dump Miss Everard's remains in a pond

Couzens shopping for constructing sacks from B&Q for £9.94. He then returns to the woods to dump Miss Everard’s stays in a pond

Hoad's Wood, where Couzens returned with wife and children on the morning of Sunday March 7, stopping for cash at Dover South Services. He had also stopped there hours after murdering Miss Everard. Astonishingly, Couzens allowed his children to play close to where he had hidden his victim as her disappearance dominated the news

Hoad’s Wood, the place Couzens returned with spouse and kids on the morning of Sunday March 7, stopping for money at Dover South Services. He had additionally stopped there hours after murdering Miss Everard. Astonishingly, Couzens allowed his kids to play near the place he had hidden his sufferer as her disappearance dominated the information

A day later, on March 8, he was due to attend a training day but called in sick. He then drove to the Met's diplomatic protection team base, where he stowed the kit he used to kidnap Miss Everard

A day later, on March 8, he was as a result of attend a coaching day however referred to as in sick. He then drove to the Met’s diplomatic safety crew base, the place he stowed the package he used to kidnap Miss Everard

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In handcuffs, the second the killer is confronted by police at his residence with an image of his sufferer 

This is the second police confronted Wayne Couzens with an image of Sarah Everard at his residence.

The assassin was caught and handcuffed after his rent automobile was traced to his handle.

Detectives arrived at his home in Deal, Kent, at 5.45pm on Tuesday, March 9, six days after he snatched his sufferer.

This is the moment police confronted Wayne Couzens with a picture of Sarah Everard at his home

This is the second police confronted Wayne Couzens with an image of Sarah Everard at his residence 

Detectives arrived at his house in Deal, Kent, at 5.45pm on Tuesday, March 9, six days after he snatched his victim

Detectives arrived at his home in Deal, Kent, at 5.45pm on Tuesday, March 9, six days after he snatched his sufferer

But they did not transfer in for 2 hours, permitting Couzens – who might have noticed the plain-clothed officers – to wipe his cellphone at 7.11pm.

They lastly moved in at 7.45pm and arrested him when his kids have been preparing for mattress. At first he claimed he knew nothing about Miss Everard, then spun a sickening net of lies about being pressured to kidnap her for an Eastern European gang.

Claiming he was in ‘in monetary s***’ after attempting to ‘rip off a name lady’, he mentioned gangsters had warned they might hurt his household until he snatched a lady.

He mentioned the gang threatened him when he was with one other prostitute and had been following him, turning up exterior his residence. 

The murderer was caught and handcuffed after his hire car was traced to his address

The assassin was caught and handcuffed after his rent automobile was traced to his handle

Couzens claimed he handed over Miss Everard alive at a roundabout by Charing Racecourse in Kent and urged officers go to Folkestone and Maidstone Services to search out the gang.

When requested the place she was, he mentioned: ‘If I might do one thing to get her again proper this minute, I might.’ But he then added: ‘I’ll do it once more tomorrow if it meant saving my household.’

A day later police found Miss Everard’s physique.

Even as his story unravelled, the cowardly killer clung to his lies and has nonetheless refused to inform police the reality about what he did, to the enduring agony of his sufferer’s household. 

 

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

Wayne Couzens accused Sarah Everard of breaking lockdown guidelines to make a ‘pretend arrest’.

The policeman used his handcuffs and warrant card to grab Miss Everard as she walked residence from visiting a good friend 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 government earlier than setting fireplace to her physique.

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

Couzens' car is seen driving along Cavendish Road at 9.32pm, just minutes before he pulled over and stopped Miss Everard

Couzens’ automobile is seen driving alongside Cavendish Road at 9.32pm, simply minutes earlier than he pulled over and stopped Miss Everard 

Miss Everard was taken out of the hire car and forced into Couzens' own car (pictured) in a switch made at 11.30pm on North Military Road in Dover, Kent

Miss Everard was taken out of the rent automobile and compelled into Couzens’ personal automobile (pictured) in a swap made at 11.30pm on North Military Road in Dover, Kent

CCTV taken at 5.52pm on March 3 showed Miss Everard walking along Craster Road in Brixton, south London

CCTV showed Miss Everard walking along Craster Road in Brixton, south London

CCTV taken at 5.52pm on March 3 confirmed Miss Everard strolling alongside Craster Road in Brixton, south London

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

A passenger in a passing automobile witnessed the kidnapping however mistook it for an arrest by an undercover officer, the court docket 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 accordance with the witness.

Mr Little mentioned: ‘The fast impression the passenger shaped was that she was witnessing an undercover police officer arresting a girl, whom she assumed ‘will need to have achieved one thing unsuitable’.

‘They have been in truth 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 concern gear to have an effect on a false arrest.’    

 

Below is a abstract of Couzens’ homicide listening to within the order it was heard in court docket:

Victim of ‘deception, rape, strangulation and fireplace’ 

Sarah Everard was the sufferer of ‘deception, kidnap, rape, strangulation, fireplace’, 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 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 mentioned: ‘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 luggage 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 details, Mr Little mentioned the disappearance of Miss Everard was probably the most broadly publicised lacking particular person investigations the nation has ever seen.

After her physique was found in woodland, it turned summarised by the hashtag ‘she was simply strolling residence’, he mentioned.

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

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

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 mentioned he couldn’t envisage her getting right into a automobile with somebody she didn’t know ‘until by pressure or manipulation’, in accordance with Mr Little.

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

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

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

The prosecutor mentioned he will need to 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 a press release which learn: ‘We are sickened, angered and devastated by this man’s crimes which betray every thing we stand for.

‘Our ideas are with Sarah’s household and her many pals. It will not be potential for us to think about what they are going by.

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

Miss Everard queued at Sainsbury's with a bottle of red wine as she headed to see a friend for dinner after work

Miss Everard queued at Sainsbury’s with a bottle of pink wine as she headed to see a good friend for dinner after work

Just hours before she was abducted and murdered Miss Everard was enjoying a normal Wednesday evening

Just hours earlier than she was kidnapped and murdered Miss Everard was having fun with a traditional Wednesday night

Miss Everard walked from her home to see a friend via a Sainsbury's in Brixton Hill, south London

Miss Everard walked from her residence to see a good friend through a Sainsbury’s in Brixton Hill, south London

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

Couzens in his uniform

Couzens in a court sketch today

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

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

‘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 valuable little lady, our youngest baby. 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 saved 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’m going by the horrible sequence of occasions. I ponder when she realized she was in mortal hazard; I ponder what her assassin mentioned to her. When he strangled her, for the way lengthy was she 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 because Wayne Couzens wished to fulfill his perverted needs. It is a ridiculous purpose, it’s nonsensical; how might he worth a human life so cheaply? I can not understand 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 because of an sickness, she would have been cared for. We might have taken care of her and been together with her. If she had died because of an accident, individuals would have tried to assist – there would have been kindness. But there is not any consolation available, there is not any 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 have been discovered, we spent two horrible days ready for checks to indicate how she had died, fearing she had been set alight earlier than she was lifeless – 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 should be a household of 5, however now we are 4. Her dying leaves a yawning chasm in our lives that can’t be stuffed. I yearn for her. I keep 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 stupendous dancer. She was a beautiful daughter. She was at all times there to hear, 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 unsuitable and who lived by these values. She was particular person. She had function 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 attraction. It is just too painful to ponder a future with out Sarah, so I simply reside 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 set free a silent scream: Don’t get within the automobile, 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 wished. Sarah wished to get married and have kids, now all that has gone. He took her life and stole her future and we’ll by no means have the enjoyment of sharing that future together with her. Each day dawns and I feel, Sarah should be right here, main her life and embracing new experiences. She had so a few years forward of her.

‘I do not understand how 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 recollections of Sarah, I maintain them tight to maintain them protected. The different evening, I dreamt that Sarah appeared at residence. In my dream I held her and will really feel her bodily. Jeremy was there, we have been comforting her, saying ‘it is alright Sarah, it is alright’. I might give something to carry her as soon as extra; I hope I dream that dream once more.’

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

‘He had a complete debt of slightly below £29,000 with quite a lot of monetary establishments, which have 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.

‘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 mentioned, 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 court docket additionally heard how Couzens had been paying for intercourse with escorts and had a Match.com profile below a pretend identify. 

Mr Little mentioned: ‘In early February 2021, the defendant was involved with an escort with username ”escourtbabygirl” by the Adult Work Escort Service.’  

 Lord Justice Fulford requested the Crown in the event that they have been planning on citing proof he had seen in written submissions that colleagues mentioned Couzens was keen on ‘brutal sexual pornography’.

Mr Little mentioned it had been intentionally omitted. Couzens’ lawyer Jim Sturman QC, mentioned 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 mentioned: ‘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 luggage 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,’ mentioned Mr Little.

PC labored on ‘Covid patrols’ and ‘knew the language used to sort out offenders’

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

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

He continued: ‘These have been uniform Covid patrols by which the Covid rules have been enforced. The defendant undertook a few such shifts.

‘He was due to this fact conscious of the rules and what language to make use of to those that might or might not have breached them, if talking to them. He was to make use of that information to kidnap Sarah Everard.’ 

Policeman carried handcuffs with him whereas not on obligation 

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

‘This is the kind of gear that it may be inferred that the defendant was sporting when he kidnapped Sarah Everard,’ mentioned Mr Little. 

He continued: ‘It was common for officers on PaDP to take private protecting and different gear (together with physique armour and handcuffs) residence with them from the Lillie Road base – they have been required to undertake frequent coaching, at quite a lot of totally different areas, to which they might journey instantly.

‘For comfort, they might usually take residence the package wanted.

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

‘This is the kind of gear that it may be inferred that the defendant was sporting 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 have been seen on the defendant’s belt. The defendant mentioned ‘I’m an undercover police officer’.

‘As he mentioned that the defendant chuckled however then opened his jacket somewhat extra to disclose his Police concern package.’ 

March 5: The case is escalated and the Specialist Crime Unit becomes involved. Couzens, who is due to be off until March 8, reports to work that he is suffering with stress. At 2pm he buys two green rubble bags for £9.94 at B&Q in Dover (pictured)

March 5: The case is escalated and the Specialist Crime Unit turns into concerned. Couzens, who is because of be off till March 8, studies to work that he is struggling with stress. At 2pm he buys two inexperienced rubble luggage for £9.94 at B&Q in Dover (pictured)

Murderer’s closing 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 mentioned: ‘That night the defendant mentioned the opportunity of leaving the Metropolitan Police because of the pay dispute and relying on the end result he may 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 as a result 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 evening shift. 

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

CCTV footage showed the moment he went on to visit a BP garage in Dover on Friday, March 5 to buy and fill a petrol canister - believed to have been used to burn Miss Everard's body

CCTV footage confirmed the second he went on to go to a BP storage in Dover on Friday, March 5 to purchase and fill a petroleum canister – believed to have been used to burn Miss Everard’s physique

Couzens entered a petrol station in Dover to buy a cannister he would go on to fill with petrol

Couzens entered a petroleum station in Dover to purchase a cannister he would go on to fill with petrol 

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

After his closing shift, Couzens drove again to his residence in Kent in his personal automobile, a Seat.  

After leaving residence, he picked up a Vauxhall Crossland rent automobile 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 affect of what you’ve gotten achieved 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 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’ve gotten achieved, 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 lifeless. 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 have been eliminated for months by the pathologist and her physique was troublesome 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 just obtain will ever examine to the ache and torture that you’ve inflicted on us.

‘You murdered our daughter and eternally broke the hearts of her mom, father, brother, sister, household and her pals.

‘Sarah had a lot to stay up for and because of YOU that is now gone eternally. She was saving to purchase a home and looking out ahead to marriage and kids. We have been trying ahead to having grandchildren. We liked being part of Sarah’s world and anticipated her to have a full and joyful life. The closest we will get to her now’s to go to her grave every single 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 saved Miss Everard’s physique 

Describing his look, Mr Little mentioned: ‘The defendant was sporting 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 automobile round Earls Court and different elements of central and south London, crossing the river twice.

‘We say round route taken by the defendant in addition to the areas by which he was driving are per the defendant in search of, certainly trying to find a lone younger feminine to kidnap and rape, which is exactly what he did,’ Mr Little mentioned.

Miss Everard’s actions on the evening 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 good friend’s home close to Clapham Junction to have dinner. 

CCTV footage confirmed the second she purchased a bottle of pink wine from a Sainsbury’s on Brixton Hill at 6.30pm earlier than making her method to see her good friend.

After leaving her good friend’s home round 9pm, 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 aspiring to stroll residence by south London, one thing she did routinely.

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

After failing to textual content a good friend 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 acquired no reply,’ Mr Little mentioned. ‘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 one 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 path as Miss Everard. 

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

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

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

‘The fast impression the passenger shaped was that she was witnessing an undercover police officer arresting a girl, whom she assumed ‘will need to have achieved one thing unsuitable’,’ mentioned Mr Little

‘They have been witnessing the kidnapping of Sarah Everard.

The CCTV clip showed Couzens calmly laughing with a female attendant. He joked 'you've put me on the spot' while trying to remember his phone number as she took his details

The CCTV clip confirmed Couzens calmly laughing with a feminine attendant. He joked ‘you’ve got put me on the spot’ whereas attempting to recollect his cellphone quantity as she took his particulars

Footage released by police showed the moment Couzens rented the car he would go on to use to prowl the streets of London for almost two hours before picking up Miss Everard

Footage launched by police confirmed the second Couzens rented the automobile he would go on to make use of to prowl the streets of London for nearly two hours earlier than selecting up Miss Everard

After his final shift, Couzens drove back to his home in Kent in his own car, a Seat (pictured)

After leaving home, he picked up a Vauxhall Crossland hire car (pictured) that he had booked on February 28

After his closing shift, Couzens drove again to his residence in Kent in his personal automobile, a Seat (left). After leaving residence, he picked up a Vauxhall Crossland rent automobile (proper) that he had booked on February 28

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 by the Crown Prosecution Service this afternoon 

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

‘Having handcuffed her to the rear she wouldn’t have been capable of undo the seatbelt that the defendant will need to 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 will need to 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

A lot of areas have 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 avoid wasting 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 thing. We could not even see her, she was so badly burnt. Her mind was faraway from her cranium to verify for trauma and explanation for dying – 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 have been returned to us to be positioned together with her physique – shards that you just knocked when shifting her burnt physique from the fridge you had used to cover her and conceal the fireplace. We are nonetheless lacking her hyoid bone from her throat, which is being checked to see the pressure you used to strangle her, to find out how lengthy she might have survived. We comprehend it was damaged. Her burnt physique nonetheless had her necklace and one earring in her ear – the opposite had fallen from her ear because 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 is a way of reduction at listening to that your sister may solely have been conscious of what was taking place for 8-10 seconds. But have you ever put your palms round your neck and tried pushing exhausting? 8-10 seconds now appears a very long time.

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

‘I’m continually 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 have been present in your automobile. So this means you raped her within the automobile. You discover out you might have used a belt to strangle her. New horrendous pictures forming.

‘You stopped to get a Lucozade and water at a petroleum station. Was she nonetheless alive at this level? Bound in your automobile? 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 surprising 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 achieved, prepared for her to return and proceed when she acquired residence. But she by no means acquired residence because a predator – you – was on the free. Prowling the streets for hours in search of his prey.

‘You cannot comprehend what you are being instructed when it occurred because 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 may’t see her. Can’t see her once more to say goodbye. The first thought you’ve gotten in your head after despair and shock is – was she lifeless 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 lifeless earlier than she was burnt.

‘I replay it repeatedly spherical in my head. What you might have mentioned to her, what she might have mentioned 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 medicine present in her physique, no trauma to the top. Burst blood vessels in her mind out of your strangulation. Which meant she was aware once you have 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 achieved to her by a monster. When you pressured your self upon and raped her. When you place your palms round her neck and strangled her.

‘It disgusts me that you just have 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 converse to her. How scared she will need to 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 avoid wasting her. To cease you. I discover it exhausting to consider she is not only residing her personal life and sick on the thought that her final moments on this earth alive have been so horrific.

‘How dare you are taking her from me? Take away her hopes and desires. 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 purported to reside with my sister not exists. You have ruined so many lives.

‘Sarah is the perfect particular person with so many individuals who love and cherish her. I wish to converse 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 have been so many issues I wished to share together with her – journeys overseas, being one another’s bridesmaid, assembly her infants and being an

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

‘I really feel like I reside in a make-believe world. As if nothing is actual. I’ve to faux because the considered not having Sarah eternally is just too exhausting to bear. A lifetime now appears a really very long time.

‘I should by no means have to put in writing a eulogy for or bury my little sister. There is not any punishment that you may obtain that may ever examine to the ache you’ve gotten brought on us. We can by no means get Sarah again. The final moments of Sarah’s life play on my thoughts continually. 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 valuable particular person. And I can by no means get her again.’

Kidnapping took ‘simply 5 minutes’ – as harrowing video exhibits Miss Everard at the back of Couzens’ automobile  

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

Harrowing CCTV footage from a non-public automobile then confirmed the advertising government at the back of Couzens automobile. 

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

‘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 automobile by 9.37pm they usually have been on their method to Kent a minute later, Mr Little mentioned.

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

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

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

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

Mr Little mentioned 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 court docket heard the prosecution couldn’t pinpoint the precise time Miss Everard was killed.

However, Mr Little mentioned that she will need to have been lifeless 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 court docket 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 automobile 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 mentioned. 

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

‘This is per the situation the place the defendant burnt Miss Everard’s physique, clothes and possessions utilizing the petrol he had bought earlier that day,’ Mr Little mentioned.   

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 court docket, Couzens defined that his pet had ‘separation anxiousness’.

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

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

‘He did so utilizing the 2 luggage 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 court docket 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 mentioned: ‘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’ depart, Couzens had emailed his supervisor to say he felt ‘unable to hold firearms’. 

The court docket heard this learn: ‘Sgt, at this second in time I really feel unable to hold firearms. The stress of my payroll state of affairs 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 answer from HR. 

‘I’ve been completely trustworthy from the outset all by my utility 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 because of the present state of affairs I discover myself in. I’ll hold you up to date all through.’ 

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

On March 4 Couzens threw Miss Everard's mobile phone into a channel at Sandwich, only for it to be retrieved by a diver as part of a search of the waterway. Pictured, Couzens' car was parked at Guildhall Car Park for ten minutes

On 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. Pictured, Couzens’ automobile was parked at Guildhall Car Park for ten minutes

Couzens' car is pictured arriving at New Street in Sandwich at 9.32am on March 4

Couzens’ automobile is pictured arriving at New Street in Sandwich at 9.32am on March 4

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 depart 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 will be seen on the best.

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

Dramatic police bodycam footage has revealed how Wayne Couzens tried to spin pathetic lies after police raided his Kent residence over the homicide of Sarah Everard.

The 48-year-old officer could possibly be seen in a seven-minute video clip handcuffed on his couch being interviewed by arresting officers in his entrance room in Deal on March 9.

Couzens initially claimed to the detectives that he didn’t know Miss Everard, however moments later concocted a ridiculous fantasy story involving an Eastern European gang who had pressured him after he tried to ‘rip off’ one among their name ladies.

Appearing moderately relaxed, Couzens instructed police that he had acquired into ‘monetary s***’ and had been ‘lent on by, I do not know who they are, an immigrant gang, no matter, they usually instructed me I must go and decide up ladies and provides them to them’.

The fictitious traffickers supposedly threatened to hurt his household if he didn’t present them with a sufferer, and he felt he had ‘no selection’ however to grab Miss Everard. 

However, in the beginning of the video, Couzens suggests he has by no means met Miss Everard, who was the topic of a significant lacking individuals enquiry on the time.

Couzens is proven an image of Miss Everard on a mobile phone and is requested: ‘Do you understand Sarah’, however he replies: ‘I do not, no.’ 

Asked if he knew the place she is, he says: ‘No’. And requested if he is aware of something about what occurred to her, Couzens then says: ‘I do know that she went lacking up in London someplace a couple of week in the past or so simply from what I acquired on the information.’

While talking, his cat is seen strolling by the room and leaping onto a shelf. Asked if he had personally met her, Miss Everard says: ‘No, not personally, no.’

Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens is shown a photograph of Sarah Everard on a phone by a detective while being questioned by police at his home in Deal, Kent, in March

Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens is proven {a photograph} of Sarah Everard on a cellphone by a detective whereas being questioned by police at his residence in Deal, Kent, in March

He is then requested if he had had any ‘private interactions together with her’, however says: ‘Why would I’ve private interactions together with her?’

The detective says that he cannot go into all of the proof, however Couzens replies: ‘I’m sat in handcuffs… so it’s essential to have one thing to say that I do know her.’

Pressed by the detective, Couzens tells him: ‘I’m in monetary s*** and I’ve been lent on by, I do not know who they are, an immigrant gang, no matter, they usually instructed me I must go and decide up ladies and provides them to them.

‘So I mentioned I’ll fortunately… and it then got here by that they are going to hurt my household, take them away, use them as a substitute. At that time I had no choice to attempt to discover anyone.’

He continues: ‘There was a few names, I used to be instructed a spot to take her, that is it, that’s all I do know.’

The detective asks him to inform him concerning the gang. Couzens says: ‘OK, there was a white Sprinter van. They are between kind of Lenham, Maidstone space that I dropped her off.  

‘I nonetheless do not know, they only, I do not know, I simply parked my automobile up after which the van come up behind me, flashed me, then all of them jumped out after which they [inaudible] this lady.

‘They mentioned ‘you achieved good’ and I do not know whether or not my household’s going to be alright nonetheless. They threatened to take my household away from me, so, at that time, I’m doing what I can to guard my household – that is it. 

‘So all I do know it was, roundabout, we might drive there now, I might present you, roughly, I do not know, Lenham, Maidstone space in any respect.’

The detective suggests displaying him the route on Google Maps, and Couzens says: ‘I drove from Ashford to Maidstone. There’s a roundabout that breaks up, the primary huge roundabout you come to. 

‘You carry straight over to Maidstone, however as a substitute I went spherical that roundabout and again up one other highway and at that time I used to be flashed and pulled over.  

‘Three guys acquired out, opened my door, opened that door and pushed me out towards the entrance of the automobile, took the lady, drove off, that is it. They mentioned: ‘We’ll be in contact.’ 

‘So I’m right here, I’m off work with stress because I’m right here to guard my household. I wish to be right here 24/7 for my household. They come for my household… I’ve acquired nothing… I’ve acquired no selection.’

The detective says he will return over the route with Couzens, however asks him how the supposed gang contacted him or he contacted them. 

Couzens says: ‘I attempted to f*** over on one among their name ladies and tried to tear her off, so she’s instructed them they usually’ve acquired me. They simply inform me be right here, be right here, so Hotel Burstin in Folkestone, be right here. 

‘So I turned up. But I’ve acquired no cell quantity, they usually have [sic] acquired my cell quantity – they’re clearly exterior watching, following… I simply, actually.  

‘They’ll come exterior, so that they’ll be exterior right here, then they will say proper, you will be in Folkestone this time, or you are going to be in Ashford this time. That’s it. 

‘There’s no hyperlinks, phone numbers, I’m fully alone, however on the identical time being threatened. It had Romanian plates on the van, white Mercedes Sprinter-type van.’

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

He claimed he had proof of that communication in his mobile phone, however when officers examined it they discovered it had been cleaned by Couzens.

At the police station, Couzens declined to supply samples of his DNA, saying it was on recommendation from his solicitor.

And when requested how he had sustained ‘seen scratch marks to his head’ he blamed them on his canine.   

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There was an enormous seek for Sarah Everard after she went lacking after visiting a good friend earlier than her stays have 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 autos 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 supply intimate samples, the court docket heard. 

Numerous important gadgets have been then discovered at his residence, prosecutor Mr Little mentioned. 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 package bag containing a ballistic vest and different gadgets. The contents included a leather-based handcuff pouch, two police shoulder numbers and one Civil Nuclear Constabulary uniform badges;
  • A inexperienced petrol can, equivalent in look to that bought by Couzens on the morning of March 4; 
  • Two opened containers of off-white massive latex gloves, from the workshop and storage respectively;
  • A pair of Quick Plasti Cuffs and pouch, discovered within the storage.
Couzens left the Tesco Superstore in Kensington, west London, after buying a pack of 14 hairbands at 8pm on March 3

Couzens left the Tesco Superstore in Kensington, west London, after shopping for a pack of 14 hairbands at 8pm on March 3

A large number of significant items were then found at his home, prosecutor Mr Little said. These included the beige hairbands he was seen buying in Tesco (pictured)

Numerous important gadgets have been then discovered at his residence, prosecutor Mr Little mentioned. These included the beige hairbands he was seen shopping for in Tesco (pictured)

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 crew scoured Hoads Wood.

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

He mentioned: ‘Several canines 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 have been seen above the floor of the water.

‘Two of the canines entered the water and indicated curiosity within the bag. As one of many canines 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 seemed to be a physique within the bag.’

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

Couzens instructed 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 dying sparked an outpouring of grief, outrage and a collection of protests on the charge of violence towards ladies

Miss Everard’s blood is present in Couzens’ automobile – 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. 

On March 10, the killer instructed 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 lower to his head, and was taken to St George’s Hospital. 

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

When requested how he was feeling in a police interview, he mentioned: ‘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 March 12. 

Mr Little QC instructed the court docket: ‘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’ court docket the next morning.’

Victim’s cellphone is recovered by a diving crew

On Thursday March 18, a police diving crew 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 include 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 a press release on the Old Bailey, Susan Everard mentioned: ‘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 because Wayne Couzens wished to fulfill his perverted needs. It is a ridiculous purpose. 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 mentioned 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 wished.’

Father calls for Couzens appears him straight within the eye 

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

He instructed Couzens: ‘I can by no means forgive you for what you’ve gotten achieved, 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 eternally broke the hearts of her mom, father, brother, sister, household and her pals.

‘Sarah had a lot to stay up for and because of you this has now gone eternally.’

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

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

‘What might she have thought she had achieved unsuitable? What lies did you inform her? When did she realise that she wasn’t going to outlive the evening?

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

Shopping in Tesco and B&Q for his kidnap, rape and kill package: Footage exhibits Wayne Couzens purchase rubble luggage, hairbands and a jerry can he utilized in sickening homicide of Sarah Everard

  • Wayne Couzens, 48, is seen shopping for hairbands at a Tesco in Kensington, March 3
  • Two days later, following Sarah Everard’s dying, he is seen shopping for petrol canister
  • Three hours later, CCTV exhibits him shopping for two inexperienced rubble luggage for £9.94
  • Ms Everard’s mom mentioned that her daughter had been ‘disposed of as if she was garbage’, including that ‘burning her physique was the ultimate insult’

Chilling footage exhibits Wayne Couzens looking for rubble luggage, hairbands and a jerry can filled with petrol he would use within the kidnap, rape and homicide of Sarah Everard

Wayne Couzens, 48, used his Metropolitan Police-issue warrant card and handcuffs to grab Ms Everard as she walked residence from a good friend’s home in Clapham, south London, on the night of March 3.  

The firearms officer, who had clocked off from a 12-hour shift on the American embassy that morning, drove to a secluded rural space close to Dover in Kent, the place he raped Ms Everard. 

In disturbing footage, launched by the Met Police , Couzens is seen on March 3, the evening of Ms Everard’s disappearance, at a Tesco Superstore in Kensington, west London, at 8pm. 

He buys a pack of 14 hair bands, which have been mentioned to be a ‘important’ buy and a part of his plans. 

Couzens had strangled advertising government Ms Everard, who lived in Brixton, south London, together with his police belt at or earlier than 2.30am the next morning.

On March 5, at 11.05am, Couzens is seen shopping for a petroleum canister and filling it up at a BP forecourt in Whitfield, Dover. 

Three hours later, CCTV exhibits him sporting a pale blue face masks whereas procuring at a B&Q {hardware} store in Dover, the place he buys two inexperienced rubble luggage for £9.94.

Pictured: A canister used by Wayne Couzens in the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard

Pictured: A canister used by Wayne Couzens in the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard

Pictured: A canister utilized by Wayne Couzens within the kidnap, rape and homicide of Sarah Everard

Pictured: Items recovered from the car used by Wayne Couzens in the murder of Sarah Everard

Pictured: Items recovered from the automobile utilized by Wayne Couzens within the homicide of Sarah Everard

Pictured: Part of the equipment used by Wayne Couzens in the killing of Sarah Everard

Pictured: Part of the gear utilized by Wayne Couzens within the killing of Sarah Everard

Pictured: Wayne Couzens' equipment recovered from his police locker

Pictured: Wayne Couzens’ gear recovered from his police locker

Among exhibits the police used to catch Couzens was a roll of plastic floor protector tape

Plastic floor protector

Among reveals the police used to catch Couzens was a roll of plastic flooring protector tape

Pictured: Handcuffs recovered from Wayne Couzens' work locker following the murder of Sarah Everard

Pictured: Handcuffs recovered from Wayne Couzens’ work locker following the homicide of Sarah Everard

Couzens bought a pack of 14 hair bands, which were said to be a 'significant' purchase and part of his plans

Couzens purchased a pack of 14 hair bands, which have been mentioned to be a ‘important’ buy and a part of his plans

A key recovered from the car used by Wayne Couzens, who killed Sarah Everard

A key recovered from the automobile utilized by Wayne Couzens, who killed Sarah Everard

Ms Everard’s mom Susan mentioned on the Old Bailey that Couzens ‘handled my daughter as if she was nothing and disposed of her as if she was garbage’.

She added: ‘When Sarah’s burnt stays have been discovered, we spent two horrible days ready for checks to indicate how she had died, fearing she had been set alight earlier than she was lifeless – 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.’

On March 6 Couzens ordered a tarpaulin and a bungee cargo web on Amazon, which have been shipped to him on March 7.

He then calls in sick on March 8, when he was as a result of return to work.

On March 9 his cellphone is wiped of all information at 7.11pm, lower than an hour earlier than he is arrested at his residence in Deal, Kent, at 7.50pm. 

The subsequent day, Ms Everard’s physique was found in a wooded space of Ashford, Kent, round 100 metres from land owned by Couzens.

Pictured: Equipment recovered from Wayne Couzens' work locker following Ms Everard's death

Pictured: Equipment recovered from Wayne Couzens’ work locker following Ms Everard’s dying

Lubricating jelly recovered from the car used by Wayne Couzens, who killed Sarah Everard

Lubricating jelly recovered from the automobile utilized by Wayne Couzens, who killed Sarah Everard

Three hours later, CCTV shows him wearing a pale blue face mask while shopping at a B&Q hardware shop in Dover, where he buys two green rubble bags for £9.94

Three hours later, CCTV exhibits him sporting a pale blue face masks whereas procuring at a B&Q {hardware} store in Dover, the place he buys two inexperienced rubble luggage for £9.94

On March 5, at 11.05am, Couzens is seen buying a petrol canister and filling it up at a BP forecourt in Whitfield, Dover

On March 5, at 11.05am, Couzens is seen shopping for a petroleum canister and filling it up at a BP forecourt in Whitfield, Dover

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

Wayne Couzens in his uniform

Couzens in a court sketch

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

In disturbing footage, released by the Met Police, Couzens is seen on March 3, the night of Ms Everard's disappearance, at a Tesco Superstore in Kensington, west London, at 8pm

In disturbing footage, launched by the Met Police, Couzens is seen on March 3, the evening of Ms Everard’s disappearance, at a Tesco Superstore in Kensington, west London, at 8pm

She was later formally recognized by dental information.  

On Wednesday, Ms Everard’s mother and father and sister condemned her killer as he sat quaking within the dock together with his head bowed in the beginning of his sentencing on the Old Bailey.

Her father Jeremy Everard demanded the killer have a look at him as he mentioned: ‘I can by no means forgive you for what you’ve gotten achieved, for taking Sarah away from us.’

Susan Everard mentioned she was ‘incandescent with rage’ at what he had achieved, saying he disposed of her daughter ‘as if she was garbage’.

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

Sister Katie Everard wept as she mentioned: ‘My solely hope is that she was in a state of shock and that she wasn’t conscious of the disgusting issues being achieved to her by a monster. When you pressured your self upon her and raped her.’

Met Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick additionally attended court docket to listen to how one among her personal officers had abused his place and used his warrant card to kidnap Ms Everard ‘by fraud’ earlier than detaining her ‘by pressure’.

Prosecutor Tom Little QC urged the case was so distinctive and unprecedented that it might warrant a complete life order, that means Couzens would die in jail.

Opening the details of the case, he mentioned Ms Everard’s disappearance was probably the most broadly publicised lacking particular person investigations the nation has ever seen.

After her physique was found per week later, it turned summarised on social media by the hashtag ‘she was simply strolling residence’, which didn’t fully describe what had occurred, he mentioned.

‘Whilst it’s unattainable to summarise what the defendant did to Sarah Everard in simply 5 phrases, if it needed to be achieved then it could be extra acceptable to take action as deception, kidnap, rape, strangulation, fireplace,’ mentioned Mr Little.

The court docket heard Ms Everard was described by a former long-term boyfriend as ‘extraordinarily clever, savvy and streetwise’ and ‘not a gullible particular person’.

He mentioned he couldn’t envisage her getting right into a automobile with somebody she didn’t know ‘until by pressure or manipulation’, mentioned the prosecutor.

Couzens had labored on uniformed Covid patrols in late January to implement coronavirus rules, so would have recognized what language to make use of to those that might have breached them, he continued.

He is believed to have been sporting his police belt with handcuffs and an oblong black pouch, just like a pepper spray holder, when he kidnapped Ms Everard as she walked residence.

‘The truth she had been to a good friend’s home for dinner on the peak of the early 2021 lockdown made her extra weak to and extra prone to undergo an accusation that she had acted in breach of the Covid rules not directly,’ mentioned Mr Little.

The court docket heard how Couzens had booked a rent automobile earlier than going out ‘searching’ for a lone younger feminine to kidnap and rape.

Chilling CCTV footage performed in court docket confirmed Couzens elevating his left arm, holding a warrant card, earlier than handcuffing Ms Everard and placing her into the again of the automobile.

A passing couple witnessed the kidnapping however mistook it for an arrest by an undercover officer, the court docket heard.

Mr Little mentioned: ‘She was detained by fraud. The defendant utilizing his warrant card and handcuffs in addition to his different police concern gear to impact a false arrest.’

Couzens labored for the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command after becoming a member of the Met in 2018, having transferred from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary.

He was sacked by the pressure after getting into responsible pleas.

Scotland Yard mentioned in a press release forward of the sentencing listening to: ‘We are sickened, angered and devastated by this man’s crimes which betray every thing we stand for.’

Lord Justice Fulford adjourned the case till Thursday when he will hand down his sentence.

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