Sarah Everard news latest – Wayne Couzens will die in prison as Cressida Dick says killer 'brought SHAME on Met police'

WAYNE Couzens will die behind bars after being given a whole-life tariff today for the murder of Sarah Everard.

The Met Police gun cop, 48, snatched Sarah, 33, off the streets of Clap, south London as she walked home from a friend's home on March 3.

Harrowing details of Sarah's murder fake arrest, kidnap and murder were revealed for the first time yesterday as part of Couzens' sentencing.

Handed a whole life tariff, Wayne Couzens joins a string of some of the country's most dangerous offenders who are expected to die behind bars.

There are 60 criminals serving whole life orders, according to Government figures to the end of June.

They will never be considered for release, unless there are exceptional compassionate grounds to warrant it.

Read our Wayne Couzens sentencing live blog for the latest updates…

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    Couzens ‘hunted a lone female to kidnap and rape’

    Couzens went “hunting a lone female to kidnap and rape” having planned in “unspeakably” grim detail, the judge said

    The defendant’s preparations included taking some of his police kit with him and lying to his family about working on the night of the murder, the Old Bailey heard.

    The judge paid tribute to the dignity of Ms Everard’s family, whose statements in court revealed the human impact of the “warped, selfish and brutal offending which was both sexual and homicidal.”

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    Judge outlines decision to impose whole life order

    Lord Justice Fulford explained of his decision to sentence Couzens to whole life in prison: “I have borne in mind the fact that the defendant pleaded guilty in deciding whether it is appropriate to make a whole life order.

    “This has saved the Everard family and Sarah Everard’s friends from enduring a trial.

    “That said, having determined, as I have, that there should be a whole life order, given the misuse of the defendant’s role as a police officer and the serious aggravating features, self-evidently there can be no reduction for
    the defendant’s guilty pleas.”

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    The changes Harriet Harman is demanding

    Harriet Harman called on the Home Secretary to bring forward changes including:

    • Immediately suspending officers from duty where there is an allegation of violence against women.
    • Dismissing officers immediately when there is a conviction or admission of such a crime.
    • Disciplinary action of gross misconduct, leading to dismissal, for failing to report fellow officers for an allegation of violence against women.
    • Scrutinising someone’s attitudes to violence against women, including engaging in violence during sex, as part of vetting of police recruits.
    • Fresh checks on officers who transfer between forces for allegations of violence against women.
    • Training for all current serving officers with a course to teach them to “examine their own attitudes to violence against women and recognise signs in their colleagues”.
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      Sarah Everard killer will die behind bars

      Wayne Couzens will die behind bars after kidnapping, raping and murdering Sarah Everard – as the Metropolitan Police face questions over why he was still on the force.

      The ex-Pc, 48, was handed a whole life sentence at the Old Bailey on Thursday by Lord Justice Fulford, who said his “warped, selfish and brutal” crimes had eroded confidence in the police.

      The judge said the firearms officer had been planning for at least a month before abducting Ms Everard, 33, as she walked home from a friend’s house in Clapham, south London, on the evening of March 3.

      Firearms officer Couzens, who had been “hunting” for a victim, used his warrant card and handcuffs to snatch the marketing executive off the street using Covid lockdown rules to make a false arrest.

      Lord Justice Fulford said the case in which a serving officer abused his position was so exceptional it warranted a whole life order, meaning Couzens will never be freed.

      It is the first time the sentence has been imposed for a single murder of an adult not committed in the course of a terror attack.

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      Police 'probing more crimes'

      The police watchdog previously said he was linked to a flashing incident in 2015 and two more days before he killed Ms Everard.

      At a briefing at Scotland Yard following the sentencing, Assistant Met Commissioner Nick Ephgrave told reporters one of the indecent exposure incidents at a McDonald's restaurant in Swanley was reported just 72 hours before the abduction.

      Couzens was not named but his car was reported to officers, who were said to have not yet completed the investigation.

      DCI Katherine Goodwin said she was not aware of any more serious allegations, but said inquiries are ongoing into whether Couzens is responsible for any other crimes.

      "Thus far there is nothing of the nature or seriousness of the offences for which he has been put in prison today," she said.

      "I would like to reiterate, appeal if anyone has any information or any allegations about Wayne Couzens that they would come and speak to our team."

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      Met to reassure women with more officers on beat

      The Metropolitan Police have pledged to deploy 650 new officers and increase patrols to do more to protect women and girls in the wake of Sarah Everard's murder.

      The force has also promised to publish a new strategy for tackling violence against women and girls, outlining how it will prioritise action against sexual and violent predatory offenders.

      The new strategy will accompany a Predatory Offender Units which, since last November, has resulted in the arrests of more than 2,000 suspects for domestic abuse, sex offences, and child abuse.

      The 650 new officers will be deployed into busy public places, "including those where women and girls often lack confidence that they are safe", according to the force.

      Met Police has also promised to "step up" patrols and provide an increased police presence in areas identified as "hotspot" locations for violence and harassment.

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      'Couzens has brought shame on the Met'

      The Metropolitan Police Commissioner has said Sarah Everard's murder has brought "shame" on the force, admitting: "A precious bond of trust has been damaged."

      Dame Cressida Dick was heckled by people calling for her resignation outside the Old Bailey on Thursday after ex-Pc Wayne Couzens, 48, was handed a whole life term.

      The firearms officer, who joined the Met in 2018, was sacked by the force after he pleaded guilty to 33-year-old marketing executive Ms Everard's kidnap, rape and murder.

      Dame Cressida, Britain's most senior police officer, described his crimes as "one of the most dreadful events in the 190-year history" of the Met.

      "This man has brought shame on the Met. Speaking frankly, as an organisation we have been rocked," she said.

      "I absolutely know that there are those who feel that trust in us is shaken. I recognise that for some people, a precious bond of trust has been damaged."

       

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      Couzens ‘filled with self loathing and shame’

      Couzens’ barrister Jim Sturman continued: “He appeared to be living a life as a law-abiding man with a loving family and his colleagues described him as calm and friendly.

      “Nothing I say today is at all intended to minimise the horror of what the defendant did that night and after.

      “He makes no excuses for his actions, he accepts he will receive, and he deserves, a severe punishment.

      “No right-minded person… can feel anything other than revulsion for what he did.

      “He does not seek to make excuses for anything that he did and he is filled with self-loathing and abject shame. And he should be.”

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      Warped Killer

      Sentencing, the judge said: "The misuse of a police officer's role such as occurred in this case in order to kidnap, rape and murder a lone victim is of equal seriousness as a murder for the purpose of advancing a political, religious ideological cause."

      He praised Sarah's family, whose statements in court revealed the human impact of Couzen's "warped, selfish and brutal offending which was both sexual and homicidal".

      The judge said: "Sarah Everard was a wholly blameless victim of a grotesquely executed series of circumstances that culminated in her death and the disposal of her body. She was simply walking home.”

      He told how Couzens spent a month travelling from his home in Deal, Kent, to London while hatching a gruesome plan to "hunt a lone female to kidnap and rape".

      Lord Justice Fulford added: "Sarah Everard’s state of mind, and what she had to endure would have been as bleak and agonising as it is possible to imagine."

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      Heckler tells Cressida Dick 'resign then'

      Speaking to reporters outside the Old Bailey following his sentencing, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said she recognised that a “precious bond of trust” had been damaged by Couzens, who had “brought shame on the Met”.

      Describing him as a “coward”, she said his crimes were “a gross betrayal of everything policing stands for”, adding: “I am so sorry.”

      She walked off as a heckler shouted: “Resign then.”

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      Couzens had 14-year-old girlfriend when he was 23

      KILLER cop Wayne Couzens had a 14-year-old girlfriend when he was 23, a former pal has revealed.

      The sick and twisted Met Police officer's past relationships with an underaged girl provide a clue over what made him abduct, rape and murder Sarah Everard in March, he told ITV.

      Speaking anonymously, he said: “At the time he would have been 23 and when they started their relationship his girlfriend would have been around about 14.

      “It was almost kind of creepy behaviour.

      "He wasn’t violent in any way, he wasn’t disrespectful in any way but he was dating a girl that was significantly younger than him.”

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      Tears of relief from family as Couzens told he will die in jail

      Today, Sarah Everard's family wept as the depraved cop who raped and murdered her in a fake arrest was told he will die behind bars.

      Couzens had prowled the dark streets looking for prey when he spotted the 33-year-old walking back from a friend's house in Clapham.

      The Met Police officer, who was wearing a police belt later used to strangle Sarah, then produced his warrant card as he tricked her into a fake arrest.

      Couzens today joined the grim ranks of criminals in the UK who will die behind bars after receiving a whole life tariff.

      Lord Justice Fulford imposed the rare order, which just 61 criminals in the UK have, as he abused his position as a police officer.

      There were tears and sighs of relief from Sarah's family as Couzens became the first British cop to ever receive the sentence.

      They later released a statement saying "nothing can bring" Sarah back as they described the "overwhelming pain" of losing her.

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      Couzens received tax-payer funded salary for three MONTHS

      WAYNE Couzens received a tax-payer funded salary for three MONTHS after killing and raping Sarah Everard.

      The sick killer who murdered, raped, and burnt the 33-year-old woman was still granted a salary from the Met Police in the months before he admitted to his heinous crimes.

      The Met Police said that Couzens only stopped being paid his officer salary after he pleaded guilty to raping and murdering Sarah on July 9.

      But the disgusting crimes occurred on March 3 – meaning that the killer continued to collect money from his tax-payer funded job for three months.

      Couzens was an officer in the Met's Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command, where the average salary is over £37,000 a year.

       

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      Sarah Everard killer will die behind bars

      Wayne Couzens will die behind bars after kidnapping, raping and murdering Sarah Everard – as the Metropolitan Police face questions over why he was still on the force.

      The ex-Pc, 48, was handed a whole life sentence at the Old Bailey on Thursday by Lord Justice Fulford, who said his "warped, selfish and brutal" crimes had eroded confidence in the police.

      The judge said the firearms officer had been planning for at least a month before abducting Ms Everard, 33, as she walked home from a friend's house in Clapham, south London, on the evening of March 3.

      Firearms officer Couzens, who had been "hunting" for a victim, used his warrant card and handcuffs to snatch the marketing executive off the street using Covid lockdown rules to make a false arrest.

      Lord Justice Fulford said the case in which a serving officer abused his position was so exceptional it warranted a whole life order, meaning Couzens will never be freed.

      It is the first time the sentence has been imposed for a single murder of an adult not committed in the course of a terror attack.

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      Couzens ‘filled with self loathing and shame’

      Couzens’ barrister Jim Sturman continued: “He appeared to be living a life as a law-abiding man with a loving family and his colleagues described him as calm and friendly.

      “Nothing I say today is at all intended to minimise the horror of what the defendant did that night and after.

      “He makes no excuses for his actions, he accepts he will receive, and he deserves, a severe punishment.

      “No right-minded person… can feel anything other than revulsion for what he did.

      “He does not seek to make excuses for anything that he did and he is filled with self-loathing and abject shame. And he should be.”

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      Couzens’ grim crimes warranted a whole life order says judge

      Justice Fulford described the circumstances of the murder as “grotesque”.

      He said the seriousness of the case was so “exceptionally high” that it warranted a whole life order.

      He said: “The misuse of a police officer’s role such as occurred in this case in order to kidnap, rape and murder a lone victim is of equal seriousness as a murder for the purpose of advancing a political, religious ideological cause.”

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      How long will Wayne Couzens spend in prison?

      On September 30, Wayne Cousins was told that he would die in prison after being given a full life tariff for Sarah's murder.

      Lord Justice Fulford imposed the rare order, which just 61 criminals in the UK have, as he abused his position as a police officer.

      He also became the first British cop to ever receive the sentence.

      The judge said: "Sarah Everard was a wholly blameless victim of a grotesquely executed series of circumstances that culminated in her death and the disposal of her body. She was simply walking home.”

      He told how Couzens spent a month travelling from his home in Deal, Kent, to London while hatching a gruesome plan to "hunt a lone female to kidnap and rape".

      Lord Justice Fulford said Couzens carried out "warped, selfish and brutal offending that was both sexual and homicidal".

      He added: "Sarah Everard’s state of mind, and what she had to endure would have been as bleak and agonising as it is possible to imagine."

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      Did he plead guilty to Sarah Everard's murder?

      The ex-cop pleaded guilty to the murder of Sarah Everard on Friday, July 9, 2021.

      He had previously pleaded guilty to the kidnap and rape and accepted the responsibility for the 33-year-old's killing.

      He pleaded guilty to kidnapping Ms Everard "unlawfully and by force or fraud" on March 3, 2021

      He also pleaded guilty to a second charge of rape between March 2 and 10.

      The Met Police officer appeared via video link at the Old Bailey.

      Sarah's family watched from the public gallery as the monster whispered his formal plea.

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      Police commissioner hopes outrage will bring change

      A police boss has expressed her hopes that outrage over Sarah Everard's horrific murder will spark "real change" for women.

      After former Pc Wayne Couzens was handed a whole life sentence, Northumbria police and crime commissioner Kim McGuinness, said he had committed "the worst kind of male violence".

      She said: "Society is consistently failing women and girls.

      "This case shows how horrendous the consequences can be and I am just so sorry Sarah and her family have paid the price of these failings."

      Ms McGuinness added: "It is beyond troubling to think his role as a Metropolitan police officer enabled him to commit these grotesque and I understand how concerning this is to women everywhere.

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      Judge blasts 'self-pitying' Wayne Couzens for showing NO remorse

      LORD Justice Falford slammed Wayne Couzens as he imposed a whole life sentence.

      The judge said he "irretrievably damaged the lives of Sarah Everard's family and friends" after planning a violent attack for a month.

      He added: "During the period before your arrest, there was never a moment when you gave the slightest indication of regret, following perhaps the realisation of the enormity of the dreadful crimes you had committed.

      "Instead, you simultaneously attended to the inconsequential details of family life whilst grimly covering your tracks, with all the appearance of a man acting with quiet and unconcerned determination.

      "The substantial CCTV footage and similar material does not give the slightest hint of someone in trauma, who has started to have second thoughts in the cold light of day about what they have done.

      "Notwithstanding your guilty pleas, therefore, I have seen no evidence of genuine contrition on your part as opposed to evident self-pity and attempts by you to avoid or minimise the proper consequences of what you have done."

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      'Very controlled and very practised'

      The cop, who worked on the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command unit, had finished a shift earlier on the morning of March 3 and was not on duty at the time of Sarah's disappearance.

      Despite wiping his phone, data on the device linked Couzens to the abduction and eventually the area where Sarah was found.

      While in custody, former mechanic Couzens was twice taken to hospital with head injuries.

      After his arrest, the dedicated family man persona the monster tried creating began to crumble.

      The married dad-of-two was revealed as a sex pest who contacted escorts and used a Match.com dating profile.

      But even more sinister, it emerged Couzens had slipped through the net despite indulging in dark fantasies.

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      Continued…

      "He is also 48. That would be very, very late in my experience for someone to have acted on those sexual fantasies," Professor Wilson added.

      He branded the use of police equipment – including handcuffs and the police belt later used to strangle Sarah – a "fetishized element".

      Professor Wilson added: "In the weeks leading up to the abduction and the weeks prior to the murder he was found indecently exposing himself.

      "One of the biggest learning points that I keep saying: indecent exposure is a serious offence that is an indicator of more serious offences. 

      "He also had a nickname, 'The Rapist'. Colleagues obviously understood something wasn't right about Couzens.

      "All of this suggests to me that Couzens will have offended before."

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      ‘Experienced’ killer Wayne Couzens ‘will have’ struck BEFORE

      CONTROLLED and practised" cop Wayne Couzens "will have" struck before killing Sarah Everard, experts say.

      Criminology Professor David Wilson said he has "no doubt" that police will be trying to link the warped killer to other unsolved crimes.

      Couzens was today given a rare whole life tariff and is set to die in prison after he raped and murdered Sarah Everard in a fake Covid arrest.

      The Met Police officer – who was wearing a police belt later used to strangle Sarah – prowled the dark streets looking for prey when he spotted the 33-year-old walking back from a friend's house in Clapham.

      Professor Wilson, the Professor Emeritus of Criminology at Birmingham City University, described Couzens' actions as "very controlled and very practised".

      He told the Sun: "They don't suggest to me the behaviours of someone who is simply demonstrating his first offence. The behaviour is clearly part of his sexual fantasies. They don't come all at once but in dribs and drabs.  Everything about what happened on that night suggests to me that Couzens will have offended before."

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      Female police officers 'afraid to report male colleagues'

      Women police officers are afraid to report their male colleagues for misconduct due to fears they will be abandoned if they need help, a former senior officer has said.

      Following the jailing of Wayne Couzens for the murder of Sarah Everard, Parm Sandhu, a former chief superintendent in the Metropolitan Police, said she had been "vilified" when she raised concerns about the way she was treated.

      "The police service is very sexist and misogynistic. A lot of women will not report their colleagues," she told BBC Radio 4's The World At One.

      "What happens is that male police officers will then close ranks and the fear that most women police officers have got is that when you are calling for help, you press that emergency button or your radio, they're not going to turn up and you're going to get kicked in in the street.

      "So you have got to be very careful which battles you can fight and which ones you can actually win."

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      Met 'must answer serious questions' – Priti Patel

      Priti Patel has said the Met Police force needs to answer "Serious questions" as she backed Dame Cressida Dick in the wake of Sarah Everard's murder.

      The Met commissioner Dick faced more calls to step down amid demands for urgent action to restore the confidence of women in the police after Wayne Couzens was handed a whole life sentence for the killing.

      Earlier this month her contract was extended by two years, which means she will continue to lead the Met until 2024.

      Speaking from the Home Office, Ms Patel, said: "There are questions, serious questions that need to be answered by the Metropolitan Police.

      "From the very day that Sarah went missing, I have been, clearly, in contact with the Metropolitan Police and putting forward some questions around the conduct of the potential suspect at the time and all the requirements and checks that should have been put in place."

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