A DEPRAVED cop who raped and murdered Sarah Everard in a fake Covid arrest will die in prison after being given a rare lifetime tariff.
Wayne Coozens, 48, had wandered through dark alleys in search of prey when he saw a 33-year-old man walking back from a friend’s home in Clapham.
The Met police officer, who was wearing a police belt, would later strangle Sarah, then present her warrant card as he had tricked her into a fake arrest.
Couzens today joined the serious category of criminals in the UK who will die behind bars after receiving a lifetime charge.
Sarah Everard’s tragic final moments revealed…
- A couple see Sarah Everard kidnapped by Wayne Coozens and assume it is an ‘undercover arrest’.
- Sarah Everard’s brave mom ‘haunted with terror’ of daughter’s final hours as dad tells killer to face them in court
- Wayne Coozens handcuffs and ‘arrests’ Sarah Everard in ‘fake Covid patrol’ for kidnapping from street before murder
- Killer cop Wayne Coozens used his police belt to strangle Sarah Everard, lure her into the street in a fake arrest
- After burning Sarah Everard’s body, Wayne Coozens takes the family to the woods on a ‘day out’ and lets the kids play near his remains
- Shocking CCTV shows Wayne Couzens lured Sarah Everard into street staging fake Covid stop
Lord Justice Fulford invoked the rare order, which is held by just 61 criminals in Britain, because he abused his position as a police officer.
There were tears and a sigh of relief from Sarah’s family as Cousins became the first British cop to be sentenced.
The judge said: “Abuse of the role of a police officer such as kidnapping, raping and killing a lone victim in this case is of the same seriousness as a murder aimed at furthering a political, religious ideological cause.”
He praised Sarah’s family, whose court statements revealed the human impact of Coozen’s “perverse, selfish and brutal crime, both sexual and homicide”.
The judge said: “Sarah Everard was a completely innocent victim of a perfectly executed series of circumstances, which culminated in her death and the disposal of her body. She was just walking home.”
He described how Couzens spent a month traveling from his home in Deal, Kent, to London, while making gruesome plans to “hunt a single woman for kidnapping and rape”.
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Lord Justice Fulford said: “Sarah Everard’s mental state, and what she had to endure, was as depressing and painful as it is possible to imagine.”
Sarah’s tragic final moments came to the fore in the Old Bailey yesterday.
Her aggrieved parents Susan and Jeremy are forced to sit through the grim details of her death as they bravely stand up to face her killer.
Along with Sarah’s sister, Katie, they read powerful statements revealing the nature of her murder, which meant they couldn’t even say goodbye to the last kiss.
Even the cowardly cowards could not face him as on the night of March 3, CCTV footage showed him standing only a few feet away from marketing executive Sara.
The last time Sarah is seen alive, she is in the back of Cuzanne’s rental car, as she dies just five minutes after the hunter pounces.
This was followed by a terrifying 50-mile journey from London to Dover, where Sarah – handcuffed and strapped to her seatbelt – was unable to escape.
Prosecutors say Sarah must “realize her fate” during a “long ordeal” that “leads harshly to her rape and murder”.
Court was told how, after strangling the hapless Sarah, she tasted Costa’s a hot chocolate with coconut milk and Bakewell tart.
He disconnected his phone in the river and was seen filling petrol in a jerry can on CCTV.
Serious list of criminals who died behind bars
EVIL Wayne Couzens has become one of only 61 criminals serving life imprisonment in the UK.
Rigorous punishment is the harshest punishment imposed by a judge and means they will not be considered for release unless in exceptional circumstances.
Millie Dowler’s killer Levi Belfield is considered the only criminal in UK legal history to have served two life orders – for her murder, for the murders of Marsha McDonnell and Emily DeGrange, as well as for the attempted murder of Kate Sheedy.
Other notorious criminals currently serving life orders include:
- serial killer rose west
- Lee Rigby murderer Michael Adebolajo
- Mark Bridger, who killed five-year-old April Jones in Wales
- Neo-Nazi Thomas Mayer who killed MP Joe Cox
- Grindr Serial Killer Stephen Port
- Reading Khairi Sadallah, the terrorist attacker who killed three men
Past demons who have since died who were given full life charges include Moors’ killer Ian Brady and his girlfriend Myra Hindley.
Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, and Doctor Harold Shipman – considered one of Britain’s most prolific serial killers – were also among those to serve the orders of a lifetime.
The demon then used Sarah’s body to burn in an abandoned fridge on a plot of land owned by her and once described as “perfect for a day out”.
Couzens put his burnt remains in green rubble bags and dumped them in a pond in the woodland.
He then calmly 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.
She allowed her two children to “play in relatively close proximity” to where her body was left in the pond.
Meanwhile, in London, a massive search was launched for Sarah, whose death became synonymous with the hashtag: “she was only walking home”.
Prosecutor Tom Little QC said the five different words that were subject to him were “cheating, kidnapping, rape, strangulation, fire”.
A week later, after being found more than 50 miles away in Ashford, Kent, Sarah’s body had to be identified by dental records.
Despite being badly burnt, she was wearing a necklace and a gold earring.
The police arrested Couzense from his family home, where he set a trap of lies linked to a gang from the region “Bulgaria, Romania, Albania”.
This funny story centered on his insistence that he had “no choice” but to kidnap Sarah, a stranger to him, for a human trafficking gang.
He claimed that he was in the “financial sector” and was unable to pay for a prostitute he had met at a Holiday Inn in Folkestone, so he was ordered to find “another girl” otherwise his family would be found. There will be loss.
He was repeatedly asked if he knew where Sarah was because his “family and friends were concerned about her”.
But Ill denied killing him, saying: “If I could do something to get him back this minute, I could.
“I’ll do it again tomorrow if it means saving my family… these guys meant business.”
In fact, the Couzens had hatched a terrifying plot to travel to London and kidnap a woman.
On February 28, he had hired the car using his full name, address and two different mobile phones.
Minutes later, he bought a 600mm by 100mm roll of self-adhesive film from Amazon to use in the attack.
The night he took Sara, the cop was seen on CCTV buying a hairband, which he had used in horror.
As part of his grisly killing kit, Monster also purchased carpet protectors, tarpaulins and a cargo net on March 7.
And Couzens was seen buying two large bags of green rubble from B&Q on March 5 – the same day he called his job to say he was “suffering from stress” and unable to work.
Cousins, who joined the Met Police in 2018, was charged with kidnapping and murder more than a week after Sarah first disappeared.
The constable, working in 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 Sara’s disappearance.
Despite wiping her phone, the data on the device linked Cuzense to the hijacking and ultimately the area where Sarah was found.
While in custody, former mechanic Cousins was taken to hospital with two head injuries.
After his arrest, the devoted family man, whom the demon had tried to make, began to crumble.
The married dad-off was revealed to be a sex moth, approached by escorts and using a Match.com dating profile.
But even more horrifying, it turned out that the Cousins had slipped through the trap despite indulging in black fantasies.
His timid colleagues branded him as “The Rapist” and knew he had a tragic interest in violent porn.
The first incident against him was registered in 2002 before joining the police.
On 28 February, just three days before Sarah was murdered, Cousins allegedly exposed herself at McDonald’s in south London.
Similar indecent exposure claims were made against him in Kent in 2015.
But a list of errors allowed Ville Couzens to roam free and murder Sarah.
When he joined the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Security Unit in February 2020, he did not submit to increased scrutiny and did not even complete his full two years on probation in September 2018.
Twelve police officers are being investigated by the Independent Police Conduct Office for gross misconduct in matters related to the case.
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