The family read their victim impact statements in court after police officer Wayne Coozens served a life sentence.
Sarah Everard’s mother says she is “heartbroken” by her murder after facing her daughter’s killer in court.
Police officer Wayne Couzens, 48, in a fake arrest, abused COVID-19 lockdown rules to kidnap Sarah, then rape and strangle her as she visited a friend in Clapham, south London, on the evening of 3 March. She had gone from home to home.
Coozens is facing a possible life sentence after admitting to killing Sarah in July.
Sarah’s mother Susan, a charity worker, stood at the witness box in the Old Bailey on Wednesday to read her victim impact statement.
“She was my precious little girl, our youngest,” she said.
“The feeling of loss is so great that it is visceral. And with the sadness of not seeing it again comes waves of panic.
“I can never talk to her, never hold her again, and never be a part of her life.
“We put on her dressing gown — it still smells of her and I hug her instead.”
Susan Everard said she is “haunted with horror” by what happened to her daughter, describing the burning of her body as “the ultimate humiliation”.
“Our lives will never be the same,” she said.
“We should be a family of five, but now we are four.
“His death leaves a yawning gap in our lives that cannot be filled.
“I yearn for her. I remember all the lovely things about her: She was caring, she was funny. She was smart, but she was also good at practical things. She was a beautiful dancer. She was an amazing had a daughter.”
Her voice broke as she said: “In the evening, at the time she was abducted, I let out a silent scream: ‘Don’t get in the car, Sarah. Don’t believe her. Daud’.”
Giving his victim impact statement, Sarah’s father asked her killer to face her in court, telling Couzens: “No punishment you receive will ever compare to the pain and torture you inflicted on us. “
Jeremy Everard, a professor of electronics at the University of York, asked to be shown a picture of “my beautiful daughter” on the big screen of the court, adding: “She had a beautiful mind too”, before confronting Couzens.
The killer sat hunchbacked during his sentencing hearing and Jeremy Everard calmly asked him: “Mr. Couzens, please will you see me.”
Couzens raised his head slightly but did not make eye contact.
Jeremy Everard told Coogens that “there can be no redemption” for what he has done.
“All my family wants Sarah to come back with us,” he said.
“No punishment you receive will ever compare to the pain and torture you have inflicted on us.
“You murdered our daughter and forever broke the heart of her mother, father, brother, sister, family and her friends.
“Sara had a lot to look forward to and because of you it is now gone forever.
“She was saving up to buy a house and was looking forward to marriage and children. We were waiting for the grandchildren.
“We loved being a part of Sarah’s world and hoped for a full and happy life from her. The closest we can get to her now is to visit her grave every day.”
Sarah studied geography at Durham University before moving to London – where her brother James and sister Katie also live – about 12 years ago, taking a break from work to travel to South America in 2013.
Living in Brixton, south London, she had recently started a new job as a marketing executive and had a boyfriend, Josh Loth, when she was driven home from a friend’s house on March 3.
Sarah’s sister, Katie, also asked Coogens: “Will you please see me?”
She said the family had to pack up her “whole life” to her flat in Brixton, left hanging laundry, half-stitched clothes and packages waiting to be opened when they got home.
“But she never came home because a hunter – you – was on the loose. She roamed the streets for hours in search of her prey,” she told Cousin as she read the victim’s statement in court.
“My only hope is that she was in a state of shock and was not aware of the disgusting things a demon was doing to her.”
She burst into tears and cried, telling Couzens: “How dare you take her away from me?
“Take away his hopes and dreams. her life. Children who will never be born. Generations that will never last. His future no longer exists.
“The future in which I had to live with my sister no longer exists. You have ruined the lives of many.
“Sarah is the best person to have so many people who love and cherish her.
“I want to talk to her and hug her and hear her laugh and go out for dinner and drinks and dancing.
“All the conversations we could never have. There were so many things I wanted to share with her – traveling abroad, being each other’s bridesmaids, meeting her kids and being an aunt, growing old together and seeing who got the most wrinkles .
“We weren’t even halfway through our journey and you took it all away!”