Metropolitan Police Officer Wayne Couzens has been sentenced to life in prison for the kidnapping, rape and murder of Sarah Everard.
Lord Justice Fulford told Cousins that he had shown “no real remorse” for his “bizarre” crimes as he sentenced him behind bars for the murder of a 33-year-old marketing executive.
Sentencing the murderer in London’s Old Bailey on Thursday, the judge said the gravity of the case was so “extraordinarily high” that a whole life order was required.
He added: “Abuse of the role of a police officer, such as in this case to abduct, rape and murder a lone victim, is of the same seriousness as murder for the purpose of furthering a political, religious ideological cause. “
Couzens kept his head bowed in the dock and did not look up as he was sent down to begin his sentence.
Ms Everard’s parents Jeremy and Susan hug those around them as their daughter’s killers, along with two prison officers, are taken to the cells.
Lord Justice Fulford paid tribute to the “dignity” shown by Ms Everard’s family by reading out her victim impact statements in court on Wednesday, which she said were “the human consequences of this perverse and brutal crime that was both sexual and homosexual.” “.
The court had heard how Cousins used her Metropolitan Police-issue warrant card and handcuffs to kidnap Ms Everard as she walked home from a friend’s house in Clapham, south London, on the evening of March 3 this year Went.
The firearms officer, who had been off a 12-hour shift at the US embassy that morning, walked into a deserted countryside area near Dover in Kent, where he parked and raped Ms. Everard.
Ms Everard, who lived in Brixton, south London, had been strangled by the police issue belt of Cousins by 2.30 the next morning.
The married father-of-two burned her body in a refrigerator in an area of owned woodland at Hodes Wood, near Ashford, before dumping the remains in a nearby pond.
He was arrested at his home in Deal, Kent, after police linked him to a rented car they used to kidnap Ms Everard, whose remains were found by police dogs on 10 March.
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