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Wayne Couzens verdict IN FULL: Sarah Everard killer handed prison sentence


Sarah Everard’s killer Wayne Couzens has been sentenced to a whole life term. The former Met Police Officer is appearing in court for his sentencing today. Couzens, 48, used his Metropolitan Police-issue warrant card and handcuffs to snatch Miss Everard, 33, as she walked home from a friend’s house in south London on the evening of March 3, the Old Bailey heard.

Couzens drove with Ms Everard to a secluded rural area in Kent where he raped and subsequently killed her.

The former armed diplomatic protection officer had formulated his plan to abduct and murder three days before he kidnapped Ms Everard at the side of the road.

He drove in a repeated pattern through London in the hour or so before he found Ms Everard.

Couzens appeared in the dock at the Old Bailey in London wearing a blue suit and a black face mask.

Lord Justice Fulford is reading the sentence in court as we report.

Lord Justice Fulford has talked about the “wholly brutal” killing of Sarah Everard. 

He said: “Many details as to her demise along with abundant observation as to what it symbolises has been reported by commentators.

“And no doubt following sentence I am about to pass more will be written.”

The judge said: “The sentence that I pass on the defendant must be just”, in accordance with law. 

He added: “To discharge my function that I focus solely on the factors that are properly relevant to determining the correct sentence and nothing else.” 

The judge said that Ms Everard must be remembered during the sentencing, and that the 33-year-old was a “wholly blameless victim of a grotesquely executed” crime.

Lord Justice Fulford was sure to point out the fact “she was simply walking home”.

He said that Couzens “used his position of a police officer to coerce her on a wholly false pretence to a car” and this was done on the false pretence “that she had breached the restrictions on movement being enforced during that stage of the pandemic.”


Lord Justice Fulford made a point of saying how her parents Susan and Jeremy, and her sister Katie spoke yesterday while reading their impact statements “with great dignity” which “revealed the true human impact of his warped, selfish and brutal offending”.

The judge said that although Couzens may have been suffering from mild depression due to his money problems, this was not relevant to the crimes.

He also said Couzens hired the car “because it was in such a poor state that it might have alerted the victim of their arrest”. 

The judge said it must have been in Couzens’ mind that he had to kill Sarah Everard. 

The judge said: “I would stress therefore that I have adopted the approach that a judge should only pass a whole-life term if he is confronted with a new category of exceptionally seriousness of a case.”

He added: “Police are in a unique position that is essentially different to any other public servant. They have powers of coercion and control that are in an exceptional category.”

They stressed that using the powers of a police officer in order to kidnap, rape and murder is of equal seriousness of a political-motivated murder, which carries a whole-life term. 

He added that this attacks the “fundamental underpinnings” of our democratic life.

Wayne Couzens has been sentenced to a whole life term. 

The judge said: “Those consequences are that on the count of murder you will be imprisoned for life and the tariff is a whole life order.

“I have taken into account the offences of kidnapping and rape in reaching that decision and on those counts I impose no separate penalty.”

Sarah Everard’s killer will die in prison.

He is the first police officer in the UK to receive such a sentence. 

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