Wayne Coozens buys a Costa hot chocolate and a Bakewell tart after the murder of Sarah Everard.
The sick and twisted killer seemingly went on with his day and treated himself to a hot chocolate after raping and killing the 33-year-old.
The court heard today that prosecutors could not state at what time Ms. Everard was murdered.
But police believe he was dead by 2.31am, five hours after he was snatched from the road.
The killer treated himself to a hot chocolate with coconut milk and Bakewell tart from Costa just hours after the murder.
After raping and strangling her using his police belt, Coozens burned her body in a plot of land she bought in 2019, which she described as “perfect for a day”.
Couzens, who was known to wear a police belt with handcuffs while on duty, put his burnt remains in green rubble bags and dumped them in a pond in the woods.
He went to Hodes Wood, near Ashford, twice in the morning, leaving just before sunrise.
The court heard that he had to return to the area twice later the next day.
At 8.15 a.m. on March 4, Couzens was captured on CCTV buying hot drinks and tarts at the Costa Coffee Shop in Dover.
He went on to return the Vauxhall rental car, which had driven just over 300 miles.
Later that morning, Couzens threw Ms Everard’s mobile phone into a channel in Sandwich, only so that it could be retrieved by a diver as part of a search for the waterway.
On 5 March, Couzens bought the petrol he used to burn Ms Everard’s body in the woods, the court heard.
Before admitting to his heinous crimes, Couzens lays out a web of lies and claims that a Romanian gang threatens his family if he doesn’t snatch girls for them.
In a clip released today by the Met Police, Cousins is seen handcuffed during the investigation into Sara’s disappearance.
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He tells the authorities: “I am in financial condition ***
“I’ve been lent… I don’t know who they are. A group, a gang, whatever.
“He told me I needed to go and pick up the girls and give them to me, I said – happily.
“And then it happened that going to harm my family and taking them and using them instead.
“At the time, I had no choice but to try to find someone.
“So I don’t – to name a few. I was told a place to take him, that’s all I know.”
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- Shocking CCTV shows Wayne Couzens lured Sarah Everard into street staging fake Covid stop
He continued his sick and twisted lie about how he was “forced” to snatch Sarah, saying: “I parked my car. The van came after me and flashed me, and they all jumped out. And they took this girl.
“He said ‘You’ve done well.’
“And I don’t know if my family will still be okay. They threatened to take my family away from me.
“At that point, I’m doing what I can to protect my family.”
The tragic details of Sara’s murder came to light for the first time today when a weather police officer was sentenced for kidnapping, rape and murder.
Sarah’s brave parents stood up and read statements with powerful impact – while sitting during the painful final moments that their beloved daughter passed.
They watch the horrifying CCTV footage where the Coozens target and kidnap Sarah before putting her in his car.
The Old Bailey heard how the Couzens used their warrant cards to lure Sarah into their car as she claimed to be on a COVID patrol.
Just five minutes later, a terrified Sarah was driven 80 miles from London to Kent at the start of a “long ordeal” that was “rigorous for her rape and murder”.
Prosecutor Tom Little QC said: “He must have realized his fate.”