A metropolitan police officer is to be sentenced for the kidnapping, rape and murder of 33-year-old London marketing executive Sarah Everard, whose body was first found in the woods of Kent more than a week after she went missing.
PC Wayne Couzens pleaded guilty to Ms Everard’s rape and kidnapping in June and confessed to her murder a month later, while Belmarsh was lodged in a high-security prison.
After Ms Everard’s body was identified, her family issued a statement describing her as a “shining example”. He said: “Sarah was bright and beautiful – a wonderful daughter and sister. She was kind and considerate, caring and trusting.”
The statement read: “She always put others first and had the most amazing humour. She was strong and principled and a shining example to all of us. We are so proud of her and she brings so much happiness to our lives. has come.”
What else do we know about Sarah Everard?
Sarah Everard was a 33-year-old who lived in Brixton, South London, but was originally from York.
He is said to have graduated from St Cuthbert’s Society at Durham University in 2008 before moving to London and working as a marketing executive.
Ms Everard was last seen wearing a green rain jacket, navy trousers with a white diamond pattern, and turquoise and orange trainers. It was also believed that he was wearing green earphones and a white beanie hat.
Who are her family, boyfriend and friends?
Miss Everard is believed to have had a 15-minute phone call with her boyfriend Josh Loth before she disappeared.
Her father, Jeremy, who is a professor of electronics at York University, and mother, Sue, travel from their home in York to London to help with the search after their brother, James, and sister, Katie, go missing. .
Her family said that her disappearance was completely out of character.
Rose Woolard, who met Ms Everard while studying at Durham University, described her friend as “beautiful, thoughtful and incredibly kind” and said she was looking forward to starting a new job.
Ms Woolard told the BBC: “She has always been an extraordinary friend, giving everything to support her friends whenever they need them.
“Recently she was telling me the good news about her new role as a Senior Marketing Account Manager, which she was excited to start.”
what happened to her?
Ms Everard went missing on 3 March on her way home from a friend’s house in south London.
She is believed to have walked through Clapham Common to her home in Brixton, a journey that should have taken about 50 minutes.
She was last seen on a doorbell camera driving on the A205 Poynders Road towards Tulse Hill at around 9.30 that night when she went missing.
London’s Metropolitan Police raised the alarm on 6 March when Ms Everard failed to contact her friends and family, and released a CCTV image of her.
Shortly before midnight on 9 March, police announced that a serving Metropolitan Police officer had been arrested in connection with the disappearance of Ms Everard at a property in Kent. At this point, no further information has been provided about the man and why he was arrested.
Police said a woman was also arrested on suspicion of aiding a criminal.
On 10 March, detectives were photographed searching a house in Woodland near Deal, Kent and Ashford.
Later that day, police revealed that the detained police officer, 48-year-old Wayne Couzens, had been arrested on 9 March on suspicion of kidnapping and on suspicion of murder and a separate charge of indecent exposure.
Police said he was a member of the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Security Command, the unit responsible for the security of the Westminster Estate, including Downing Street and the Palace of Westminster, as well as the foreign embassy in London.
That evening, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick announced that officers searching the woodland in Ashford had discovered human remains.
On 12 March, police confirmed that the body found was that of Ms Everard.
What’s fresh in the investigation?
PC Wayne Couzens, 48, appeared at the Old Bailey on June 8, where he pleaded guilty to the kidnapping and rape of Sarah Everard.
A month later, on July 9, he pleaded guilty to murder.
His defense barrister, James Sturman QC, told the court at the time: “His arguments really represent genuine guilt and remorse for what he did and, as he laid before us this morning, he will bear this burden for the rest of his life.” And he deserves it. These are his words.”
The former officer, who was officially dismissed from the Metropolitan Police on 16 July, is to be sentenced for his crimes during two-day hearings on 29 and 30 September.
At the start of her two-day sentence in London’s Old Bailey, the court heard how Cousins had snatched Ms Everard into a “false arrest” by “handcuffing her and showing her warrant card”.
Ms. Everard’s parents and sister denounced her killer as a “monster” as he sat down on the Old Bailey’s dock with his head bowed.
On Thursday, before Lord Justice Fulford delivers his sentence, Cause’s defense barrister Jim Sturman QC is expected to plead on his behalf.
He could face a sentence of life imprisonment, which could mean that Couzens may never be released from prison.
Additional reporting by agencies
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