Sarah Everard’s father demands Wayne Couzens looks at him in court – ‘You tortured us!’

Sarah Everard: Wayne Couzens pleads guilty to murder

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The 33-year-old marketing executive was abducted by Wayne Couzens as she walked home in Clapham Common, south London in March. He then raped and strangled her.

Today, during sentencing, the Old Bailey heard Couzens may have pretended to arrest Ms Everard for breaching Covid guidelines in order to get her into a car.

Her mutilated body was later found in woodland in Kent. 

The Met Police officer admitted the crimes earlier this year.

In a statement read out at the court, her father Jeremy Everard demanded Couzens, 48, look at him as he delivered an emotional victim impact statement in court.

He told the murderer: “I can never forgive you for what you have done, for taking Sarah away from us.

“You burnt our daughter’s body – you further tortured us – so that we could not see her again.”

Couzens appeared to shake in the dock as Mr Everard went on: “You murdered our daughter and forever broke the hearts of her mother, father, brother, sister, family and her friends.

“Sarah had so much to look forward to and because of you this has now gone forever.”

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Katie Everard, Sarah’s older sister, also asked the killer cop to “please look at me” as she describes how “you disposed of my sister’s body like it was rubbish”.

The Crown Prosecution Service said that Couzens had worked Covid patrol shifts in January and “was therefore aware of the regulations and what language to use to those who may have breached them”.

Tom Little QC told the court: “The fact she had been to a friend’s house for dinner at the height of the early 2021 lockdown made her more vulnerable to, and/or more likely to, submit to an accusation that she had acted in breach of the regulations in some way.”

Footage played to the court shows Couzens touch his belt and hold up his hand towards Ms Everard, as if showing her something in it, which was thought to be his warrant card.

He then handcuffed her, and placed her in the back of his hire car before driving away with her.

The CPS is arguing that Couzens should receive a whole life term because Ms Everard would not have got into the car if he wasn’t a police officer.

Mr Little argued that it does meet the high seriousness threshold because “of the nature of the kidnap and from then on the use of his position as a constable”.

After he addressed the court, Lord Justice Fulford adjourned the hearing for today.

It will resume tomorrow morning when Couzens’ lawyers will set out their mitigation for sentencing.

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