Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has apologised to the family of Sarah Everard after a serving officer pleaded guilty to her murder today.
Speaking outside the Old Bailey, Dame Cressida told them ‘how very sorry I’m am for their loss, for their pain and their suffering’.
She said the force was ‘sickened, angered and devastated by this man’s crimes – they are dreadful’.
Earlier this morning, Wayne Couzens, 48, admitted murdering the 33-year-old marketing executive after kidnapping her on March 3. He then raped and strangled her.
Dame Cressida said: ‘Sarah was a fantastic, talented young women with her whole life ahead of her and that has been snatched away. She was hugely loved and she will be sorely missed by so many people.
‘Ever since Sarah went missing, the sole priority of my investigation team, the search team and hundreds of others in the Met was to find Sarah and bring the person who has committed this terrible crime to justice as swiftly as possible.
‘We are hugely indebted to Sarah’s family, friends and so many members of the public who helped the investigation in every single way they could, not least by making appeals and giving us information.
‘No words can adequately express the profound sadness and anger and regret everyone in the Met what happened to Sarah.
‘Today as every day our thoughts are with Sarah with her family, with her loved ones and they always will be.’
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