Wayne Couzens claims it is a happy moment when a Romanian gang kidnaps Sarah Everard to pay her debts and threatens her family to cover their tracks for the horrific murder.
Couzens, 48, snatched the 33-year-old from the streets on his way home from a friend’s house in Clapham Common, south west London, on March 3 – but before admitting it, he made up a web of lies.
In a clip released today by the Met Police, Cousins can be seen wearing handcuffs as police question her about the girl’s disappearance.
Couzens insisted that he did not know Sarah or did not know where she was, pretending ignorance, the detectives showed her a picture of her and told her that her family was desperate for answers.
But after declaring that she had no idea where she was, the ailing cop – who had planned to kidnap the 33-year-old for weeks before pretending to be quizzed on a COVID patrol – suddenly turned around and confessed that He was, in fact, involved, creating a strangely fake story involving a Romanian gang to cover his tracks.
In the clip, Couzens can be heard telling officers: “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.”
Coozens had planned the ill-fated kidnapping before kidnapping Sarah from the street, driving her away hours before raping her and strangling her with his police belt before burning her body.
But in a sick string of lies, Couzens fabricated an elaborate story of how the gang kidnapped the young woman before taking her away, slamming her against the car.
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.
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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.”
Police believe he had died by 2.31am, five hours after being snatched from the road.
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”.
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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 then consumed a hot chocolate with coconut milk and Bakewell tart from Costa just hours after the murder.
The next morning, the Couzens returned the rental car and threw Sarah’s phone into a river in Sandwich, Kent.
He also bought the petrol he used to burn Sarah’s body and then called his vet to make an appointment for the family dog about a “potential medication for separation anxiety.”
Sickly, Couzens also took his family to the woods where he dumped Sarah’s body four days after her murder.
They allowed their children to “play in relatively close proximity” to where their bodies were left in the pond.
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Sarah’s body had to be identified by dental records a week later after it was found more than 50 miles away in Ashford, Kent.
She was wearing a necklace and a gold earring even after being badly burned.
Couzens later admitted that he strangled her using his police belt.
Prosecutor Tom Little QC said: “The disappearance of Sarah Everard on the evening of 3 March 2021 led to the most widely publicized missing person investigation in this country.
“What happened was widely summarized on social media as #shewasonlywalkinghome.
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“It is true. Sarah Everard was only on her way home when she was dumped on the street by the defendant from her family, friends and co-workers on the evening of March 3, 2021.
“However, those five words do not begin to objectively or fully describe what happened to him and his body at the hands of the defendant in the hours and days following his abduction.
“While it is impossible to summarize what the defendant did to Sarah Everard in just five words, if it were to do so it would be appropriate to do so in the form of deception, kidnapping, rape, strangulation, fire.”