Killer Cop believes he should NOT die behind bars because he spared Sarah Everard’s family the ‘agonies’ of trial by pleading guilty: Defence lawyer says Wayne Couzens is full of ‘self-loathing and remorse’ but insists horrific murder was ‘not planned’
The police officer killer of much-loved marketing executive Sarah Everard (图为) is being sentenced today for one of the most heinous and shocking crimes in recent history
Britain’s most hated policeman Wayne Couzens today argued that he shouldn’t die behind bars and believes that while he will accept a ‘severe punishment’ his murder of Sarah Everard does not deserve a whole life terms given to the UK’s most notorious murderers.
优惠券’ QC Jim Sturman said his client is ‘filled with self-loathing, shame and remorse’ and thinks he deserves a life sentence, but told the judge at the Old Bailey the starting point should be 30 years because there are ‘worse crimes’.
Mr Sturman argued that whole Couzens had pre-planned the abduction, it was ‘not inevitable’ that Sarah would be murdered, adding he should be shown some leniency for pleading guilty and sparing her family an ‘agonising’ 审判.
他说: ‘There is very little evidence he drove from Kent to London with murder on his mind’, arguing he bought the items to dispose of the body after she was strangled to death with his police-issue belt.
Couzens will today be sentenced for the appalling murder of Sarah Everard as the Met faces questions about how an officer nicknamed ‘The Rapist’ by former colleagues was still on duty despite warnings he had flashed two women just before he abducted and killed the marketing executive.
Today Lord Justice Fulford will decide whether the murderer will die behind bars serving a whole life sentence with experts predicting the minimum he will receive is 40 入狱多年 – meaning he will not be released before he turns 88.
A whole life term has only been handed to 50-plus of the most dangerous prisoners in British history since the death penalty was abolished, including Rose West, the Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, Dennis Nilsen, Dr Death Harold Shipman and most recently in 2021, Reading jihadi Khairi Saadallah.
The judge will announce his sentence on sadistic pervert Couzens after hearing mitigation from the killer’s lawyer, which is expected to last just 30 分钟, and may lean heavily on evidence from a psychologist about his mental state at the time of the murder.
He will take into account the devastating victim impact statements read yesterday by Miss Everard’s family – and the fact he was a serving in the Met at the time of the murder and he used covid rules to abduct his victim off the street. He was sacked in July, but Scotland Yard and his former force Kent Police are being investigated by Britain’s police watchdog over allegations he should have been stopped before Sarah’s murder, including for repeatedly flashing women in public just three days before he grabbed Miss Everard.
In a hint he is considering a whole life order, Lord Justice Fulford asked counsel about the sentencing of far-right terrorist Thomas Mair for the murder of Jo Cox MP, who was given life without parole for one murder when the majority are given to serial killers.
Yesterday Couzens cut a pathetic figure as he refused to raise his head in the dock as Sarah Everard’s family told him of their torment, rage and being haunted by her final hours. 优惠券, a married father of two, even walked his family in woodland yards from where he had dumped Sarah’s body.
Her mother Susan faced him at the Old Bailey yesterday and in a brave and moving victim impact statement called him ‘the very worst of humanity’ and revealed she wakes every morning and always thinks: ‘Don’t get in the car, 莎拉. 不要相信他. 跑步!’. 她补充说: ‘I am repulsed by the thought of Wayne Couzens and what he did to Sarah’.
她父亲, 杰里米·埃弗拉德, demanded Couzens look at him while he was giving his testimony but his daughter’s murderer refused, having kept his head bowed throughout yesterday’s six-hour hearing.
Couzens had worked a shift as a police officer (剩下) on the day he abducted Sarah – three days after he had been reported to police for flashing two women. He was arrested (对) and initially lied saying he had not killed her, and had handed her to an eastern European gang
This is the moment, 被央视抓到, that Couzens staged the arrest using covid rules before cuffing her and putting her in a rented car. Miss Everard is beneath the yellow arrow while Couzens’ arrow is purple
Couzens sitting in the front seat of the hire car, after he falsely ‘arrested’ Miss Everard (who is seated in the back) outside Poynders Court on Poynders Road, 克拉珀姆. It was only after they left London that she may have realised her fate
Couzens stopped Miss Everard on the street and used Covid laws as a ploy to ‘arrest’ the marketing executive and force her into his rental car before raping and strangling her to death in a sickening five-hour ordeal.
Footage taken from a passing dashcam shows the 33-year-old stood on a pavement on Poynders Road in Clapham as Couzens, who was wearing handcuffs on his police belt, speaks to her.
She was then driven for two hours to Dover where he forcibly moved her from the hire car into his own black Seat before continuing along remote back roads to Hoad’s Wood where he raped her, strangled her with his belt and stashed her body in a fridge.
Earlier that night, he spent two hours driving through central and south 伦敦 – 徘徊的肯辛顿, Lavender Hill and Earls Court for a lone young woman to abduct – before stalking Miss Everard and stopping next to her.
The twisted Met Protection Officer can be seen producing his warrant card as he claimed Miss Everard had breached Covid restrictions.
Couzens then cuffed her hands behind her back, 让她无法解开他在命令她进入他租来的汽车后部后绑在她身上的安全带.
As the depraved killer watched in the Old Bailey with his head bowed, Miss Everard’s family heard in horrific detail how Miss Everard spent her final hours before the serving Metropolitan Police officer raped and murdered her, and then burned her body in a pre-meditated attack that was weeks in the planning.
Her mother Susan told the Old Bailey: “莎拉死在可怕的环境中. 一想到她所忍受的，我就痛苦不堪.
‘I play it out in my mind. I go through the terrible sequence of events. I wonder when she realized she was in mortal danger; I wonder what her murderer said to her. When he strangled her, for how long was she conscious, knowing she would die? It is torture to think of it. Sarah was handcuffed.’
Her father Jeremy added: ‘Sarah was handcuffed and unable to defend herself. This preys on my mind all the time.
It coincided with a string of increasingly sick behaviour which saw the married father-of-two flashing two women in McDonald’s across two separate incidents.
Witnesses later described how Miss Everard – who had spent the evening at a friend’s house sharing a bottle of wine – appeared ‘compliant’ 低着头’ as the ‘confident-looking’ officer made what seemed to be a late-night arrest at the height of lockdown in March.
CCTV footage captured by a passing bus showed Miss Everard in the back seat of Couzens’ hire car after she was falsely ‘arrested’.
优惠券, who lied to his family about working a night shift that evening, then drove Miss Everard 80 英里到他家乡肯特郡的一条偏远道路. Prosecutor Tom Little QC said: ‘She must have realised her fate.’
埃弗拉德小姐在 3 月被绑架当晚早些时候拍摄的闭路电视录像, 引发一场全国性的狩猎
被警方盘问, 优惠券 (戴着手铐) lied that he had been ‘leant on’ by an Eastern European gang who threatened to harm his family if he did not agree to pick up a woman
The deranged Met Protection Officer, who was wearing his police belt containing handcuffs, can be seen producing his warrant card as he claimed Miss Everard had breached Covid restrictions
Miss Everard’s devastated family listened from the public gallery as the Old Bailey heard harrowing details of how Couzens took her to a rural area and raped her, 后来有人看到她穿着靴子从 BP 站购买 Lucozade 和其他饮料, 在她被认为被谋杀之后.
优惠券, 48, prepared for the abduction by buying a rental car and a sheet of film from Amazon
Distressing details of the timeline suggest Miss Everard could have been alive for more than four hours in the back of Couzens’ 车. She was snatched off the street by 9.30pm and when the killer pulled into the garage at 2.30am, Sarah is thought to have been in his boot, already dead.
优惠券 – 谁为绑架做准备，从亚马逊购买了一辆租车和一张胶卷 – 把她的尸体藏在冰箱里一片垃圾遍地的林地里，然后用火把它烧掉.
Footage released by police showed the moment Couzens rented the car he would go on to use to prowl the streets of London for almost two hours before picking up Miss Everard.
The CCTV clip showed Couzens calmly laughing with a female attendant. He joked ‘you’ve put me on the spot’ while trying to remember his phone number as she took his details.
He went on to visit a Tesco store in west London to buy a pack of 14 hairbands just an hour before Miss Everard was abducted on March 3, before making further trips to a B&Q two days after Miss Everard is believed to have been killed. He also visited a Homebase in Folkestone on the morning of Monday, 游行 8.
CCTV footage showed the moment he went on to visit a BP garage in Dover on Friday, 游行 5 to buy and fill a petrol canister – believed to have been used to burn Miss Everard’s body.
Just days after the murder, the father-of-two took his wife and children on a family trip and allowed the youngsters to play near a pond where he had dumped Miss Everard’s remains, 检方说.
闭路电视录像 (图为) captured by a passing bus showed Miss Everard in the back seat of Couzens’ hire car after she was falsely ‘arrested’
Couzens sat in the drivers’ seat of the hire car after buckling up Miss Everard’s seatbelt in the back
被警方盘问, 他撒谎说他一直“依赖”’ by an Eastern European gang who threatened to harm his family if he did not agree to pick up a woman and hand her over to the occupants of a van near Maidstone.
被带到 Wandsworth 警察局, 他一再试图通过用头撞水槽和撞墙来自残, 并在出庭前一直受到监视.
昨天, Miss Everard’s family and friends gave victim impact statements to the Old Bailey.
The Old Bailey heard horrific details of the serving police officer’s deceit and Sarah’s final hours before she was raped, 在策划了数周的预谋袭击中被谋杀和烧死:
- 检方说五个词总结了PC Wayne Couzens对Sarah Everard所做的事情: '欺骗, 绑架, 强奸, 勒死, 火';
- Deal的朋友说，人们经常看到 Couzens 戴着他的警察腰带，手铐和胡椒喷雾, 不值班的时候, 他谎称自己是卧底警察;
- 在十二月 2020 他加入了Match.com并说他没有妻子和孩子. 他还签约了一家护送机构;
- 在一月 2021, Couzens 从事 COVID 巡逻工作并“利用了这些知识’ 绑架他的受害者, 他在三月的晚上在伦敦西部和西南部跑了几圈后停下来 3, 2021;
- 二月 10 他买了一把带有双锁销的“警用标准手铐钥匙”’ 来自亚马逊, 他用他的警察手铐扣住莎拉·埃弗拉德并强迫她进入他租来的汽车;
- 二月 28, Couzens 从 Enterprise 在线预订了租车，并从亚马逊订购了 1 亿卷地毯保护膜, 曾经在靴子里排成一行，他最终把莎拉的尸体放在那里;
- 当他抓住莎拉时，他告诉他的妻子他正在值夜班 – 事实上，他下班了，在街上巡游寻找受害者;
- 一对开车经过的夫妇目睹了绑架. Couzens 使用他的逮捕证和手铐进行虚假逮捕. 他们认为她“做错了事”’ 所以没有介入;
- 前男友说莎拉“非常聪明”, 精明和街头’ 并且永远不会进入陌生人的车辆“除非被强制或操纵”, 这正是 Couzens 所做的;
- 莎拉被驱赶 80 距肯特海岸数英里, 在经历了五个小时的磨难后，她在那里被强奸和谋杀;
- 在 2019 韦恩·考森斯 (Wayne Couzens) 在阿什福德附近的霍兹伍德 (Hoads Wood) 购买了一块林地. 他吹嘘它“非常适合一日游”’ – 但他在那里烧了莎拉的尸体，然后把它装进袋子里扔在浅水里;
- Couzens 带着他的家人去森林里烧了 Everard 小姐的尸体 – 允许他的孩子在垃圾倾倒的地方附近玩耍;
- 谎称被迫“接女孩”’ 被一个威胁他家人的东欧团伙;
- 承认用他的腰带杀了她 – 检方称伤情与他的警察腰带一致;
- Couzens repeatedly self-harmed in his cell, as police divers found Miss Everard’s phone in the River Stour;
- Miss Everard’s father demanded killer ‘look me in the face’, mother said she was ‘haunted’ by murder and sister called Couzens ‘a monster’;
- Court also heard how Couzens was ‘attracted to brutal sexual pornography’
Heartbreaking timeline of the murder that shocked Britain: How killer policeman abused Covid powers to snare Sarah Everard… before trying to cover up his monstrous crime
Wayne Couzens had served as a special constable for Kent Police, before moving to the Civil Nuclear Constabulary and eventually joining Scotland Yard as a firearms officer in September 2018 – during which time he had been trusted to protect MPs and diplomats, and guarding key buildings including the US Embassy.
Colleagues regarded the married father of two as a ‘family man’, but in truth he was a porn-obsessed predator who is thought to have blown cash on escorts, and had begged for a pay rise after amassing debts of almost £30,000.
He spent lockdown trawling dating sites, falsely claiming to be a single man with no children, while at least one colleague reported knowing he was ‘attracted to violent sexual pornography’ as far back as 2002.
Couzens had joined colleagues on uniformed patrols enforcing lockdown in January. This appears to have inspired his sickening plot.
While on duty on February 28, he booked a £65.30 hire car from Enterprise Rent-a-Car in Dover, which he collected on March 3 (图为), having decided his own was too old and filthy to be passed off as a police vehicle
At 5.52pm Sarah Everard is seen as she leaves her home in Craster Road, 布里克斯顿, for an evening out
While on her journey for her night out, Sarah stops off at a Sainsbury’s store on Brixton Hill at 6pm and is seen talking on the phone as she enters the shop
Security cameras inside the Sainsbury’s store saw Sarah use a self-checkout aisle to purchase a bottle of wine in preparation for her evening
Just three minutes after having entered the Sainsbury’s store on Brixton Hill, Sarah is seen leaving again to visit a friend in Clapham Junction
Miss Everard, described by a former partner as ‘savvy and streetwise’, was on her way home at 9.15pm, having had dinner with a friend in Clapham. 图为: Sarah is seen as she leaves her friend’s house and starts walking home to Brixton
She is said to have been in ‘good spirits’ as she chatted to her boyfriend on the phone while walking briskly along the well-lit A205, which was busy with traffic. The call ended at 9.28pm. It would be the last time anyone heard from her. 图为: Sarah walks east down Cavendish Road towards her home after concluding her call with her boyfriend
Just four minutes after Sarah was seen walking down Cavendish Road towards her home, 优惠券’ hire car, was spotted travelling east, and passing the same camera
优惠券 (对) pulled over, on the pretence of arresting Miss Everard (剩下) for breaching lockdown rules. Dashcam footage from cars and buses travelling past captured him flashing his warrant card before reaching for his handcuffs
A bus CCTV camera captures Sarah in the back seat of Couzens’ 车. At the precise moment Couzens abducted Miss Everard – on March 3 – his wife Elena sent a message to his mother: ‘Wayne had a call for overtime shift tonight. 一世 [原为] wondering if you could pick children from school tomorrow, 你会?’
Buying a hot chocolate and Bakewell tart at a Costa Coffee – wearing the very same clothes as he had the night before. Just over an hour later, he would dispose of Miss Everard’s phone in a flood relief channel in Sandwich – but a fragment was later found in his car
在三月 5, Couzens bought a can of petrol (图为) and another McDonald’s meal before heading back to Hoad’s Wood, where he had purchased a plot of land – described as ‘perfect for day trips’ – in 2019, and where he had left his murdered victim’s body more than 24 hours ago
At 12.45pm on March 5, a local sees a large fire by a fridge. This was used by Couzens to burn Miss Everard’s clothing and body just yards from his own plot of land. He brought his wife and children to the woodland two days later
Couzens is seen strolling into B&Q – having already bought items from Amazon, including a police-issue handcuff key and a roll of self-adhesive plastic carpet-protecting film, to prepare for his crime over several weeks
Couzens buying building sacks from B&Q for £9.94. He then returns to the woods to dump Miss Everard’s remains in a pond
Hoad’s Wood, where Couzens returned with wife and children on the morning of Sunday March 7, stopping for cash at Dover South Services. He had also stopped there hours after murdering Miss Everard. 惊人地, Couzens allowed his children to play close to where he had hidden his victim as her disappearance dominated the news
一天后, 在三月 8, he was due to attend a training day but called in sick. He then drove to the Met’s diplomatic protection team base, where he stowed the kit he used to kidnap Miss Everard
In handcuffs, the moment the killer is confronted by police at his home with a picture of his victim
This is the moment police confronted Wayne Couzens with a picture of Sarah Everard at his home.
The murderer was caught and handcuffed after his hire car was traced to his address.
Detectives arrived at his house in Deal, 肯特郡, at 5.45pm on Tuesday, 游行 9, six days after he snatched his victim.
This is the moment police confronted Wayne Couzens with a picture of Sarah Everard at his home
Detectives arrived at his house in Deal, 肯特郡, at 5.45pm on Tuesday, 游行 9, six days after he snatched his victim
But they didn’t move in for two hours, allowing Couzens – who may have spotted the plain-clothed officers – to wipe his phone at 7.11pm.
They finally moved in at 7.45pm and arrested him when his children were getting ready for bed. At first he claimed he knew nothing about Miss Everard, then spun a sickening web of lies about being forced to kidnap her for an Eastern European gang.
Claiming he was in ‘in financial s***’ after trying to ‘rip off a call girl’, he said gangsters had warned they would harm his family unless he snatched a girl.
He said the gang threatened him when he was with another prostitute and had been following him, turning up outside his home.
The murderer was caught and handcuffed after his hire car was traced to his address
Couzens claimed he handed over Miss Everard alive at a roundabout by Charing Racecourse in Kent and suggested officers go to Folkestone and Maidstone Services to find the gang.
When asked where she was, 他说: ‘If I could do something to get her back right this minute, 我会。’ But he then added: ‘I’ll do it again tomorrow if it meant saving my family.’
A day later police discovered Miss Everard’s body.
Even as his story unravelled, the cowardly killer clung to his lies and has still refused to tell police the truth about what he did, to the enduring agony of his victim’s family.
埃弗拉德小姐从克拉珀姆拜访朋友回家时，警察用他的手铐和搜查证抢走了她, 南伦敦, 三月的傍晚 3.
性掠夺者, 谁在那天早上下班 12 小时, 继续强奸并勒死这位 33 岁的营销主管，然后放火烧了她的身体.
她失踪一周后, 在阿什福德的林地溪流中发现了埃弗拉德小姐的遗体, 肯特郡, 距离 Couzens 拥有的土地仅几码远.
优惠券’ car is seen driving along Cavendish Road at 9.32pm, just minutes before he pulled over and stopped Miss Everard
Miss Everard was taken out of the hire car and forced into Couzens’ 自己的车 (图为) in a switch made at 11.30pm on North Military Road in Dover, 肯特郡
CCTV taken at 5.52pm on March 3 showed Miss Everard walking along Craster Road in Brixton, 南伦敦
- 2015: 据称肯特警方未能调查与韦恩·考森斯有关的不雅曝光事件.
- 九月 2018: Couzens 转移到大都会警察局 (MPS), 来自民用核警察 (数控).
- 2019: Couzens 和他的妻子在 Ashford 的 Fridd Lane 附近买了一小块林地, 肯特郡.
- 二月 2019: 个人电脑加入了一个覆盖伦敦南部布罗姆利地区的响应小组, 最初在更安全的邻里团队服务.
- 二月 2020: 他前往议会和外交保护司令部巡逻外交场所, 主要是大使馆.
- 二月 2021: 这位 48 岁的男子与伦敦的两项不雅暴露指控有关, 据称苏格兰场未能调查.
- 二月 28: Couzens 从多佛的一家汽车租赁公司预订了一辆白色的 Vauxhall Astra, 肯特郡, 使用他的个人资料和银行卡. 他还在亚马逊上购买了一卷自粘薄膜广告为地毯保护剂.
- 游行 2: 7下午 – Couzens 在他位于西布朗普顿的基地开始了 12 小时的轮班, 西伦敦.
- 游行 3: 在她失踪的那天, Sarah Everard 拜访了 Clapham Junction 地区的一位朋友，并使用她的银行卡在 Brixton Hill 的 Sainsbury's 购买了一瓶葡萄酒, 南伦敦, 在她的途中.
- 4.45下午 – Couzens 收集租车.
- 9下午 – 埃弗拉德女士离开步行回家, 一些 2.5 几英里以外.
- 9.13下午 – 她给她男朋友打电话 14 分钟.
- 9.15下午 – Everard女士在宝活路与南环线交界处被闭路电视单独拍到.
- 9.28下午 – 下一次目击是在卡文迪什路，她仍然一个人.
- 9.32下午 – 埃弗拉德女士在一辆有标记的警车上被摄像头拍到.
- 9.35下午 – 一辆公共汽车摄像头拍到了 Poynders 路上的两个人影，他们站在一辆白色的 Vauxhall Astra 旁边，车停在人行道上，危险信号灯闪烁.
- 9.38下午 – 另一个公交车摄像头在两个前车门打开的情况下拍摄同一辆车.
- – 游行 4: 1上午 – 离开伦敦后, 汽车在肯特的蒂尔曼斯通地区.
- 8.30上午 – Couzens returns the hire car used in the abduction.
- 8.10下午 – Ms Everard is reported missing by her boyfriend, 乔什·洛思（Josh Lowth）.
- 游行 5: The case is escalated and the Specialist Crime Unit becomes involved. 优惠券, who is due to be off until March 8, reports to work that he is suffering with stress.
- 2下午 – He buys two green rubble bags for £9.94 at B&Q in Dover.
- 游行 6: Couzens emails his supervisor that he no longer wants to carry a firearm. He orders a tarpaulin and a bungee cargo net on Amazon which are shipped to him the next day.
- 游行 8: The officer reports in sick on the day he is due to return to work.
- 游行 9: 7.11下午 – 优惠券’ phone is wiped of all data.
- 7.50下午 – Couzens is arrested at his home in Deal, 肯特郡. In a brief interview, he tells a story about being threatened by an Eastern European gang.
- 游行 10: At around 4.45pm, a body is discovered in a wooded area in Ashford, 肯特郡, and later formally identified by dental records. It is around 100 metres from land owned by Couzens.
- 游行 11: Couzens answers “no comment” in formal interviews.
- 游行 12: 8.45下午: Couzens is charged.
- 七月 9: Couzens pleads guilty to murder when he appears at the Old Bailey by video link from Belmarsh high security jail.
- 九月 29: Couzens faces a possible whole life order when he is sentenced.
CCTV footage showed Couzens raising his left arm holding a warrant card before handcuffing Miss Everard and putting her into the hire car.
A passenger in a passing car witnessed the kidnapping but mistook it for an arrest by an undercover officer, 法院听到.
A woman on the pavement appeared to have her left arm behind her back and was in the process of ‘giving her other arm behind her back’ as a man in dark clothing handcuffed her, according to the witness.
Mr Little said: ‘The immediate impression the passenger formed was that she was witnessing an undercover police officer arresting a woman, whom she assumed ‘must have done something wrong’.
‘They were in fact witnessing the kidnapping of Sarah Everard. She was detained by fraud. The defendant using his warrant card and handcuffs as well as his other police issue equipment to affect a false arrest.’
Below is a summary of Couzens’ murder hearing in the order it was heard in court:
Victim of ‘deception, 强奸, strangulation and fire’
Sarah Everard was the victim of ‘deception, 绑架, 强奸, 勒死, 火', the Old Bailey heard at the start of her murderer’s sentencing.
Wayne Couzens was a serving PC with the Metropolitan Police when he snatched Miss Everard as she walked home in Clapham, 南伦敦, 三月的傍晚 3.
性掠夺者, 谁在那天早上下班 12 小时, went on to rape and strangle the 33-year-old marketing executive.
她失踪一周后, Miss Everard’s body was found in a woodland stream in Ashford, 肯特郡, just metres from land owned by Couzens.
Prosecutor Tom Little QC said: ‘The defendant’s plot of land is very close to, and in the same woods, that he was to burn Sarah Everard’s body after he had murdered her.
‘He then moved her body in green bags that he had purchased specifically for that task to a pond deeper into the woods but which was only about 130 metres from his plot.’
Opening the facts, Mr Little said the disappearance of Miss Everard was one of the most widely publicised missing person investigations the country has ever seen.
After her body was discovered in woodland, it became summarised by the hashtag ‘she was just walking home’, 他说.
But that did not completely describe what happened to Miss Everard, 法院听到.
Mr Little said: ‘Whilst it is impossible to summarise what the defendant did to Sarah Everard in just five words, if it had to be done then it would be more appropriate to do so as deception, 绑架, 强奸, 勒死, fire.’
Miss Everard: ‘Extremely intelligent, 精明和街头’
Miss Everard was described by a former long-term boyfriend as ‘extremely intelligent, 精明和街头’ and ‘not a gullible person’, the Old Bailey heard.
He said he could not envisage her getting into a car with someone she did not know ‘unless by force or manipulation’, according to Mr Little.
He said Couzens worked on Covid patrols in late January this year, enforcing coronavirus regulations, so would have known what language to use to those who may have breached them.
Couzens was said to be wearing his police belt with handcuffs and a rectangular black pouch, similar to a pepper spray holder, when he kidnapped Miss Everard.
Mr Little said he snatched Miss Everard in a ‘false arrest’, by ‘handcuffing her and showing his warrant card’.
The prosecutor said he must have taken her mobile phone from her and removed the sim card, which he tried to destroy.
Ahead of the start of the two-day hearing, Scotland Yard released a statement which read: ‘We are sickened, angered and devastated by this man’s crimes which betray everything we stand for.
‘Our thoughts are with Sarah’s family and her many friends. It is not possible for us to imagine what they are going through.
‘We recognise his actions raise many questions and concerns but we will not be commenting further until the hearing is complete.’
Miss Everard queued at Sainsbury’s with a bottle of red wine as she headed to see a friend for dinner after work
Just hours before she was abducted and murdered Miss Everard was enjoying a normal Wednesday evening
Miss Everard walked from her home to see a friend via a Sainsbury’s in Brixton Hill, 南伦敦
Sarah Everard’s boyfriend Josh Lowth arrives for the sentencing of her killer, policeman Wayne Couzens at the Old Bailey this morning
优惠券 (剩下, 身着制服，警察腰带盘旋); 和正确的, 在法庭草图中) 被绑架, raped and murdered Miss Everard in depraved crime after he had finished his shift
Susan Everard (对), Miss Everard’s mother, reading a victim impact statement as Couzens sits in the dock
Ms Everard’s father Jeremy ordered Couzens to look at him as he pointed at him and told him ‘I can never forgive you’
‘I can never hold her again’: Sarah’s mother Susan says she now hugs daughter’s dressing gown
Susan Everard, mother of Sarah Everard
莎拉·埃弗拉德（Sarah Everard）, 14th June 1987 到三月 2021
Susan Everard, Sarah’s mother
‘Sarah is gone and I am broken hearted. She was my precious little girl, our youngest child. The feeling of loss is so great it is visceral. And with the sorrow come waves of panic at not being able to see her again. I can never talk to her, never hold her again, and never more be a part of her life. We have kept her dressing gown – it still smells of her and I hug that instead of her.
“莎拉死在可怕的环境中. 一想到她所忍受的，我就痛苦不堪. I play it out in my mind. I go through the terrible sequence of events. I wonder when she realized she was in mortal danger; I wonder what her murderer said to her. When he strangled her, for how long was she conscious, knowing she would die? It is torture to think of it. Sarah was handcuffed, unable to defend herself and there was no one to rescue her. She spent her last hours on this earth with the very worst of humanity. She lost her life because Wayne Couzens wanted to satisfy his perverted desires. 这是一个荒谬的理由, it is nonsensical; how could he value a human life so cheaply? I cannot comprehend it. I am incandescent with rage at the thought of it. He treated my daughter as if she was nothing and disposed of her as if she was rubbish.
‘If Sarah had died because of an illness, she would have been cared for. We could have looked after her and been with her. If she had died because of an accident, people would have tried to help – there would have been kindness. But there is no comfort to be had, there is no consoling thought in the way Sarah died. In her last hours she was faced with brutality and terror, alone with someone intent on doing her harm. The thought of it is unbearable. I am haunted by the horror of it.
‘When Sarah went missing we suffered days of agony, not knowing where she was or what had happened to her. 然后, when Sarah’s burnt remains were found, we spent two terrible days waiting for tests to show how she had died, fearing she had been set alight before she was dead – the thought was appalling.
‘Burning her body was the final insult, it meant we could never again see her sweet face and never say goodbye.
‘Our lives will never be the same. We should be a family of five, but now we are four. Her death leaves a yawning chasm in our lives that cannot be filled. I yearn for her. I remember all the lovely things about her: 她在乎, she was funny. She was clever, but she was good at practical things too. She was a beautiful dancer. She was a wonderful daughter. She was always there to listen, to advise, or simply to share with the minutiae of the day. And she was also a strongly principled young woman who knew right from wrong and who lived by those values. She was a good person. She had purpose to her life.
‘My outlook on life has changed since Sarah died: I am more cautious; I worry more about our other children. I crave the familiarity and security of home; the wider world has lost its appeal. It is too painful to contemplate a future without Sarah, so I just live in the here and now. I think of Sarah all the time, but the mornings and evenings are particularly painful. In the morning I wake up to the awful reality that Sarah is gone. 在晚上, 在她被绑架的时候, 我发出一声无声的尖叫: 不要上车, 莎拉. 不要相信他. 跑步!
‘I am repulsed by the thought of Wayne Couzens and what he did to Sarah. I am outraged that he masqueraded as a policeman in order to get what he wanted. Sarah wanted to get married and have children, now all that has gone. He took her life and stole her future and we will never have the joy of sharing that future with her. Each day dawns and I think, Sarah should be here, leading her life and embracing new experiences. She had so many years ahead of her.
‘I don’t know how anyone could be so cruel as to take my daughter’s life. What I do know is that Sarah will never be forgotten and is remembered with boundless love.
‘I cling on to memories of Sarah, I hold them tight to keep them safe. The other night, I dreamt that Sarah appeared at home. In my dream I held her and could feel her physically. Jeremy was there, we were comforting her, saying ‘it’s alright Sarah, it’s alright’. I would give anything to hold her once more; I hope I dream that dream again.’
Killer was in debt for £29,000, rowed with the Met over pay, had a fake Match.com profile, and used escorts
Couzens was in debt to the tune of £29,000 at the time of the killing, the Old Bailey heard.
Mr Little said: ‘In relation to finances at the material time his bank accounts were generally overdrawn only being brought into credit for short periods either by wages paid in and/or the use of short term payday loans.
‘He had a total debt of just under £29,000 with a number of financial institutions, which were the subject of a debt management plan agreed in Oct 2020 with a debt management company, Payplan, with agreed monthly repayments of £235.
‘As at March 2021, the defendant also had a credit card account with NatWest which was in debt (£3460.70); and a PayPal credit card account which was also in debt (£1580.27); both of which had debt payment plans in place to make minimum monthly payments.’
Couzens was involved in a dispute with the Met over his pay,’ Mr Little said, 加: ‘He talked freely to colleagues about this, and the fact that he was hoping to obtain legal assistance in the near future. He had not discussed any other financial problems with colleagues.
‘Most of his colleagues had the impression that he was a ”family man’.’
The court also heard how Couzens had been paying for sex with escorts and had a Match.com profile under a fake name.
Mr Little said: ‘In early February 2021, the defendant was in contact with an escort with username ”escourtbabygirl” through the Adult Work Escort Service.’
Lord Justice Fulford asked the Crown if they were planning on bringing up evidence he had seen in written submissions that colleagues said Couzens was partial to ‘brutal sexual pornography’.
Mr Little said it had been deliberately omitted. 优惠券’ lawyer Jim Sturman QC, said it was from 2002 and was irrelevant.
Couzens bought a rubbish-strewn plot of woodland where he burned Sarah’s body
The Old Bailey heard that Couzens and his wife had bought a plot of woodland by Ashford, 肯特郡.
Mr Little said: ‘The defendant’s plot of land is very close to, and in the same woods, that he was to burn Sarah Everard’s body after he had murdered her.
‘He then moved her body in green bags that he had purchased specifically for that task to a pond deeper into the woods but which was only about 130 metres from his plot,’ said Mr Little.
PC worked on ‘Covid patrols’ and ‘knew the language used to tackle offenders’
In January this year Couzens was working in ‘Covid patrols’ and was aware of coronavirus regulations and the language used on those who may have breached them, the Old Bailey heard.
Mr Little said that he had ‘arrested’ and handcuffed Miss Everard for a breach before raping and murdering her.
他继续: ‘These were uniform Covid patrols in which the Covid regulations were enforced. The defendant undertook a couple of such shifts.
‘He was therefore aware of the regulations and what language to use to those who may or may not have breached them, if speaking to them. He was to use that knowledge to kidnap Sarah Everard.’
Policeman carried handcuffs with him while not on duty
Members of the public had noticed Couzens wearing his police belt when not on duty, with a pair of handcuffs and black pepper spray holder.
‘This is the type of equipment that it can be inferred that the defendant was wearing when he kidnapped Sarah Everard,’ said Mr Little.
他继续: ‘It was not unusual for officers on PaDP to take personal protective and other equipment (including body armour and handcuffs) home with them from the Lillie Road base – they were required to undertake frequent training, at a number of different locations, to which they would travel directly.
‘For convenience, they would often take home the kit needed.
‘Two members of the public had independently noticed seeing the defendant when he was not on duty wearing his Police belt with handcuffs and a rectangular black pouch (similar to a pepper spray holder) attached to it (whilst out in Deal walking his dog; and when attending a local computer hardware repair shop in the town).
‘This is the type of equipment that it can be inferred that the defendant was wearing when he kidnapped Sarah Everard.
‘It is instructive that in relation to the incident in the repair shop that when the owner asked the defendant jokingly if he was ‘into kinky stuff’ when he referred to the handcuffs that were visible on the defendant’s belt. The defendant said ‘I am an undercover police officer’.
‘As he said that the defendant chuckled but then opened his jacket a little more to reveal his Police issue kit.’
游行 5: The case is escalated and the Specialist Crime Unit becomes involved. 优惠券, who is due to be off until March 8, reports to work that he is suffering with stress. At 2pm he buys two green rubble bags for £9.94 at B&Q in Dover (图为)
Murderer’s final shift before the murder – guarding the American Embassy
Couzens worked his last shift from 7pm on March 2 to 7am the next day. It was a posting at the American Embassy.
Mr Little said: ‘That evening the defendant discussed the possibility of leaving the Metropolitan Police because of the pay dispute and depending on the outcome he might go off sick with stress.
‘This was meant to be the start of his period of five rest days, from Wednesday Mar 3 at 7am to Mar 8 at 7am, when he was due to return to Lillie Road for a training day.’
The next day he had a sick day but lied to his family, saying he was working another night shift.
At this point his wife sent a message to his mother saying: ‘Wayne had a call for overtime shift tonight. I wondering if you could pick children from school tomorrow, 你会?’.
CCTV footage showed the moment he went on to visit a BP garage in Dover on Friday, 游行 5 to buy and fill a petrol canister – believed to have been used to burn Miss Everard’s body
Couzens entered a petrol station in Dover to buy a cannister he would go on to fill with petrol
优惠券’ journey to ‘hunt a lone young female to kidnap and rape’
After his final shift, Couzens drove back to his home in Kent in his own car, a Seat.
After leaving home, he picked up a Vauxhall Crossland hire car that he had booked on February 28.
‘Take off your mask and look at me: Sarah’s father Jeremy says the murder is ‘in my mind all the time’
杰里米·埃弗拉德, father of Sarah Everard
莎拉·埃弗拉德（Sarah Everard）, 14th June 1987 到三月 2021
Sarah’s father Jeremy Everard
‘The impact of what you have done will never end. The horrendous murder of my daughter, 莎拉, is in my mind all the time and will be for the rest of my life.
‘A father wants to look after his children and fix everything and you have deliberately and with pre- meditation stopped my ability to do that.
‘Sarah was handcuffed and unable to defend herself. This preys on my mind all the time. I can never forgive you for what you have done, 把莎拉从我们身边带走.
“你烧了我们女儿的尸体 – 你进一步折磨我们 – so that we could not see her again. We did not know whether you had burnt her alive or dead. You stopped us seeing Sarah for one last time and stopped me from giving my daughter one last kiss goodbye.
‘Her body fell apart when she was moved. Her brain and neck bones were removed for months by the pathologist and her body was difficult to preserve so we had to use the services of a specialist embalmer to enable a dignified burial.
‘All my family want is Sarah back with us. No punishment that you receive will ever compare to the pain and torture that you have inflicted on us.
“你谋杀了我们的女儿，永远伤了她母亲的心, 父亲, 哥哥, 妹妹, 家人和她的朋友.
‘Sarah had so much to look forward to and because of YOU this is now gone forever. She was saving to buy a house and looking forward to marriage and children. We were looking forward to having grandchildren. We loved being a part of Sarah’s world and expected her to have a full and happy life. The closest we can get to her now is to visit her grave every day.’
这个时候左右, he had ordered a 100m roll of carpet protector film from Amazon, used to line the boot where he eventually kept Miss Everard’s body
Describing his appearance, Mr Little said: ‘The defendant was wearing a black puffa-style jacket with a Barbour logo on the breast pocket, a dark blue hooded jumper with a yellow lining in the hood, a dark baseball cap with a white Polo logo on the front, light-grey trousers and black and white trainers.’
During his journey back to London, Couzens was captured on CCTV purchasing a pack of 14 hair bands at a Tesco in Kensington, which was a ‘significant’ purchase and part of his plans.
He proceeded to drive the car around Earls Court and other parts of central and south London, crossing the river twice.
‘We say circular route taken by the defendant as well as the areas in which he was driving are consistent with the defendant looking for, indeed hunting for a lone young female to kidnap and rape, which is precisely what he did,’ Mr Little said.
Miss Everard’s movements on the night she was abducted and the final phone call to her boyfriend
Miss Everard had worked the day of March 3 在家, and planned to go to a friend’s house near Clapham Junction to have dinner.
CCTV footage showed the moment she bought a bottle of red wine from a Sainsbury’s on Brixton Hill at 6.30pm before making her way to see her friend.
After leaving her friend’s house around 9pm, Miss Everard made a 14-minute call to her boyfriend, sounding ‘in good spirits’ and ‘not intoxicated.’
They made plans to meet later that week and ended the conversation normally, with Miss Everard intending to walk home through south London, something she did routinely.
‘That call that the last that her family, friends and colleagues heard from her,’ said the prosecutor.
After failing to text a friend she was home safe and missing a work meeting the following day, Miss Everard’s loved ones frantically attempted to find her and her boyfriend reported her missing.
‘Her boyfriend went round to her flat but got no answer,’ Mr Little said. ‘He started to make enquiries with the hospitals and emergency services, and reported Sarah as missing to the police.
‘He also made enquiries with other friends and family, but nobody had heard from her all day.’
Missed chance to stop horror as couple witness kidnapping – but are reassured he was an undercover police officer
The kidnap happened on Poynders Road (A205), with Couzens travelling in the same direction as Miss Everard.
In chilling CCTV footage, Couzens is seen driving behind Miss Everard before stepping out of the car and standing a few feet apart from her.
‘We can see the left hand of the defendant come towards Sarah Everard as though he was showing her something, we say the warrant card, and afterwards he must have handcuffed her,’ said Mr Little.
A couple driving past the scene saw Couzens in the process of handcuffing Miss Everard, before leading her towards the hire vehicle.
‘The immediate impression the passenger formed was that she was witnessing an undercover police officer arresting a woman, whom she assumed ‘must have done something wrong’,’ said Mr Little
‘They were witnessing the kidnapping of Sarah Everard.
The CCTV clip showed Couzens calmly laughing with a female attendant. He joked ‘you’ve put me on the spot’ while trying to remember his phone number as she took his details
Footage released by police showed the moment Couzens rented the car he would go on to use to prowl the streets of London for almost two hours before picking up Miss Everard
After his final shift, Couzens drove back to his home in Kent in his own car, a Seat (剩下). After leaving home, he picked up a Vauxhall Crossland hire car (对) that he had booked on February 28
A family handout of Miss Everard that was released through the Crown Prosecution Service this afternoon
‘She was detained by fraud. The defendant using his warrant card and handcuffs as well as his other police issue equipment to effect a false arrest.
‘Having handcuffed her to the rear she would not have been able to undo the seatbelt that the defendant must have placed over her.
‘That was the start of her lengthy ordeal including an 80 mile journey whilst detained which was to lead first to her rape and then her murder.
‘At some point fairly soon after driving from the pavement onto the South Circular and having not gone to a police station for example, Sarah Everard must have realised her fate.’
A number of areas were searched in Clapham as police tried to look for missing Sarah before the hunt moved to Kent
‘I hate that I wasn’t there to save her’, says Sarah Everard’s sister Katie
Katie Everard, sister of Sarah Everard
Victim personal statement
Katie Everard, sister of Sarah
‘You treated Sarah as if she was nothing. Placed more emphasis on satisfying your sick disgusting perversions than on a life. 她的一生. You disposed of my sister’s body like it was rubbish. Fly-tipped her like she meant nothing. She meant everything. We couldn’t even see her, she was so badly burnt. Her brain was removed from her skull to check for trauma and cause of death – I still don’t know if they put her brain back in her head or whether it is lying next to her body in her coffin.
‘Shards of her kneecap were returned to us to be placed with her body – shards that you knocked when moving her burnt body from the fridge you had used to hide her and conceal the fire. We are still missing her hyoid bone from her throat, which is being checked to see the force you used to strangle her, to determine how long she may have survived. We know it was broken. Her burnt body still had her necklace and one earring in her ear – the other had fallen from her ear because it had burnt off.
‘You hear from the police that it takes around 2 minutes to strangle someone. And around 8- 10 seconds for them to lose consciousness. At first there is a sense of relief at hearing that your sister might only have been aware of what was happening for 8-10 秒. But have you put your hands around your neck and tried pushing hard? 8-10 seconds now seems a long time.
‘You used your warrant card to trick my sister into your car. She sat in a car handcuffed for hours. What could she have thought she had done wrong? What lies did you tell her? When did she realise that she wasn’t going to survive the night?
‘I’m constantly replaying in my head – did you rape her, then kill her? Did you kill her while raping her? You get small nuggets of information and the thought process starts again. Your semen and blood were found in your car. So this suggests you raped her in the car. You find out you may have used a belt to strangle her. New horrendous images forming.
‘You stopped to get a Lucozade and water at a petrol station. Was she still alive at this point? Bound in your car? I am horrified by your ability to flit between what you did and normal everyday actions. Your casual demeanour on CCTV was very upsetting and shocking to see.
‘We had to go to the flat and pack up Sarah’s whole life – washing left hanging up, half sewn outfits, deliveries waiting to be returned, packages waiting at the door ready to be opened. All signs of a life waiting to be lived – chores to be done, ready for her to return and continue when she got home. But she never got home because a predator – 你 – was on the loose. Prowling the streets for hours looking for his prey.
‘You can’t comprehend what you are being told when it happened because it is so horrific. Some sort of sick waking nightmare. You can’t imagine anyone could do such a thing.
‘You are waiting to hear anything from the police. Every bit you get is different. You hear her body has been found. Then you find out she has been burnt. So badly burnt you can’t see her. Can’t see her again to say goodbye. The first thought you have in your head after despair and shock is – was she dead before you burnt her? Imagine that even having to be a thought. You find out no soot was found in her lungs which suggests she was burnt after you murdered her. Imagine being relieved to hear your sister was dead before she was burnt.
‘I replay it continuously round in my head. What you may have said to her, what she may have said back, when she realised she was in grave danger and was not going to survive. Hoping my sister was unconscious and drugged, but we know that was not the case – no drugs found in her body, no trauma to the head. Burst blood vessels in her brain from your strangulation. Which meant she was conscious when you were doing these unfathomable things to her. My only hope is that she was in a state of shock and that she wasn’t aware of the disgusting things being done to her by a monster. When you forced yourself upon and raped her. When you put your hands around her neck and strangled her.
‘It disgusts me that you were the last person to touch her perfect body and violate her in the way you did. The last person to see her alive and speak to her. How scared she must have been. The last moments of her life not with loved ones, but frightened and fighting for her life. I hate to think of her being so scared and alone and that in her last moments she had no one with her. No kindness. I hate that I wasn’t there to save her. To stop you. I find it hard to believe she is not just living her own life and sick at the thought that her last moments on this earth alive were so horrific.
‘How dare you take her from me? Take away her hopes and dreams. 她的一生. Children that will never be born. Generations that will never exist. Her future no longer exists. The future I was supposed to live with my sister no longer exists. You have ruined so many lives.
‘Sarah is the very best person with so many people who love and cherish her. I want to speak to her and hug her and hear her laugh and go out for dinners and drinks and dancing. All those conversations we can never have. There were so many things I wanted to share with her – trips abroad, being each other’s bridesmaid, meeting her babies and being an
‘Aunty, growing old together and seeing who got the most wrinkles. We weren’t even halfway through our journey and you took it all away!
‘I feel like I live in a make-believe world. As if nothing is real. I have to pretend because the thought of not having Sarah forever is too hard to bear. A lifetime now seems a very long time.
‘I should never have to write a eulogy for or bury my little sister. 与您给我们造成的痛苦相比，您所受到的任何惩罚都没有. 我们永远无法让莎拉回来. 莎拉生命中的最后时刻不断在我脑海中回放. I am so disgusted and appalled. It terrifies me that you have such disregard for a person’s life. You have taken from me the most precious person. And I can never get her back.’
Kidnapping took ‘just five minutes’ – as harrowing video shows Miss Everard in the back of Couzens’ 车
The court heard Miss Everard’s kidnapping took less than five minutes.
Harrowing CCTV footage from a private car then showed the marketing executive in the back of Couzens car.
‘A nearside rear-facing camera shows a figure in the rear passenger seat (behind the driver),’ Mr Little said.
‘This was plainly Sarah Everard. A figure was also sitting in the driver’s seat. This was the defendant.’
Miss Everard was handcuffed at about 9.34pm, detained in Couzens’ hire car by 9.37pm and they were on their way to Kent a minute later, Mr Little said.
Couzens switches cars into car and takes Miss Everard to a rural area to rape her
The court was shown CCTV of the defendant’s hire vehicle in Dover shortly after 11.30pm as he transferred his victim to his own car, a Seat.
Couzens then drove to a remote rural area north-west of Dover which he knew well where he parked up and raped Miss Everard.
Between 1.03am and 2.43am, Couzens returned to central Dover with Miss Everard still in his Seat.
Mr Little said the CPS ‘simply can’t say whether it was approximate to the rape or in the hour or two after that’ that Miss Everard was murdered.
With victim’s body in the boot, Couzens buys a Lucozade, hot chocolate and a Bakewell tart
The court heard the prosecution could not pinpoint the exact time Miss Everard was killed.
然而, Mr Little said that she must have been dead by around 2.30am when Couzens pulled into a BP service station in Dover to buy a Lucozade, apple juice, two bottles of still water and a carrier bag.
He visited Hoads Wood near Ashford twice during in the early morning, leaving just before sunrise.
The court heard he was to return to the area later the following day two more times.
At 8.15am on March 4, Couzens was captured on CCTV in a Costa Coffee shop in Dover buying a hot chocolate and bakewell tart.
He went on to return the Vauxhall hire car having driven just over 300 英里.
Couzens throws Miss Everard’s phone into the sea before returning home
Later that morning (游行 4), Couzens threw Miss Everard’s mobile phone into a channel at Sandwich, only for it to be retrieved by a diver as part of a search of the waterway.
After disposing of the phone he returned home, where he stayed all day.
During the day a local dental surgery phoned to cancel an appointment for his two children. He was calm and accepting of this on the phone, Mr Little said.
At around 12.45pm, a local man was driving past Hoads Wood in Ashford where he saw a ‘strong, intense flame’ around three-foot square.
‘This is consistent with the location where the defendant burnt Miss Everard’s body, clothing and possessions using the petrol he had purchased earlier that day,’ Mr Little said.
Killer phones vet to speak about his dog before dumping Miss Everard’s body
Having burnt Miss Everard’s body, clothing and possessions inside a refrigerator, Couzens went on to call the vet about his dog.
In the call played in court, Couzens explained that his pet had ‘separation anxiety’.
He then bought builders bags at a B&Q in Dover before returning to the woods.
Mr Little said: ‘Whilst in the woods he must have moved Sarah Everard’s heavily burnt body from where he had set fire to it, to the pond where she was subsequently found.
‘He did so using the two bags that he had just purchased from B&Q.’
Couzens takes family on a trip to the woods where he burned Miss Everard’s body – 允许他的孩子在垃圾倾倒的地方附近玩耍
The court heard that on Sunday March 7, Couzens took his wife and two children on a family trip to the woods where only days before he had burned Miss Everard’s body.
在路上, he withdrew cash from the same service station he had been to shortly after raping and murdering his victim.
Mr Little said: ‘It follows that the defendant took his family on a family trip to the very woods where days earlier he had left Sarah Everard’s body, then returned to burn it and then returned again to move it and hide it.’
Couzens allowed his children to play in ‘relatively close proximity to where Miss Everard’s body had been dumped in the pond’, 他加了.
While on his five days’ leave, Couzens had emailed his supervisor to say he felt ‘unable to carry firearms’.
The court heard this read: ‘Sgt, at this moment in time I feel unable to carry firearms. The stress of my payroll situation is causing me financial implications, I feel totally mislead and disillusioned by the way I have been recruited and the lack of measures to find a solution from HR.
‘I have been totally honest from the outset all through my application to present. I have provisionally made an appointment with my GP to seek advice. I thought I was in a good place after returning from injury however, this is not the case and I feel more of a liability due to the current situation I find myself in. I will keep you updated throughout.’
第二天 – 游行 9 – Couzens went to Homebase to return a flat-pack trolley. A member of staff did not notice ‘anything untoward about his demeanour’ during a 10-minute exchange, Mr Little said.
在三月 4 Couzens threw Miss Everard’s mobile phone into a channel at Sandwich, only for it to be retrieved by a diver as part of a search of the waterway. 图为, 优惠券’ car was parked at Guildhall Car Park for ten minutes
优惠券’ car is pictured arriving at New Street in Sandwich at 9.32am on March 4
在 Couzens 两次认罪后，埃弗拉德小姐的家人在先前的听证会上离开了老贝利. 左边是她的父亲杰里米, 在右边可以看到她的妹妹凯蒂.
优惠券’ lies about being forced to ‘pick up a girl’ 被一个威胁他家人的东欧团伙
Dramatic police bodycam footage has revealed how Wayne Couzens tried to spin pathetic lies after police raided his Kent home over the murder of 莎拉·埃弗拉德（Sarah Everard）.
The 48-year-old officer could be seen in a seven-minute video clip handcuffed on his sofa being interviewed by arresting officers in his front room in Deal on March 9.
Couzens initially claimed to the detectives that he did not know Miss Everard, but moments later concocted a ridiculous fantasy story involving an Eastern European gang who had pressured him after he attempted to ‘rip off’ one of their call girls.
Appearing reasonably relaxed, Couzens told police that he had got into ‘financial s***’ and had been ‘lent on by, I don’t know who they are, an immigrant gang, 任何, and they told me I need to go and pick up girls and give them to them’.
The fictitious traffickers supposedly threatened to harm his family if he did not provide them with a victim, and he felt he had ‘no choice’ but to snatch Miss Everard.
然而, at the start of the video, Couzens suggests he has never met Miss Everard, who was the subject of a major missing persons enquiry at the time.
Couzens is shown a picture of Miss Everard on a mobile phone and is asked: ‘Do you know Sarah’, but he replies: ‘I don’t, 不。’
Asked if he knew where she is, 他说: ‘No’. And asked if he knows anything about what happened to her, Couzens then says: ‘I know that she went missing up in London somewhere about a week ago or so just from what I got on the news.’
While speaking, his cat is seen walking through the room and jumping onto a shelf. Asked if he had personally met her, Miss Everard says: '没有, not personally, 不。’
Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens is shown a photograph of Sarah Everard on a phone by a detective while being questioned by police at his home in Deal, 肯特郡, 三月
He is then asked if he had had any ‘personal interactions with her’, but says: ‘Why would I have personal interactions with her?’
The detective says that he can’t go into all the evidence, but Couzens replies: ‘I’m sat in handcuffs… so you must have something to say that I know her.’
Pressed by the detective, Couzens tells him: ‘I am in financial s*** and I’ve been lent on by, I don’t know who they are, an immigrant gang, 任何, and they told me I need to go and pick up girls and give them to them.
‘So I said I’ll happily… and it then came through that they are going to harm my family, take them away, use them instead. At that point I had no option to try and find somebody.’
他继续: ‘There was a couple of names, I was told a place to take her, 就是这样, that is all I know.’
The detective asks him to tell him about the gang. Couzens says: '好的, there was a white Sprinter van. They are between sort of Lenham, Maidstone area that I dropped her off.
‘I still don’t know, they just, 我不知道, I just parked my car up and then the van come up behind me, flashed me, then they all jumped out and then they [inaudible] this girl.
‘They said ‘you done good’ and I don’t know whether my family’s going to be alright still. They threatened to take my family away from me, 所以, 在那时候, I’m doing what I can to protect my family – that’s it.
‘So all I know it was, roundabout, we could drive there now, I could show you, 大致, 我不知道, Lenham, Maidstone area at all.’
The detective suggests showing him the route on Google Maps, and Couzens says: ‘I drove from Ashford to Maidstone. There’s a roundabout that breaks up, the first big roundabout you come to.
‘You carry straight over to Maidstone, but instead I went round that roundabout and back up another road and at that point I was flashed and pulled over.
‘Three guys got out, opened my door, opened that door and pushed me out against the front of the car, took the girl, drove off, 就是这样. 他们说: ‘We’ll be in touch.’
‘So I’m here, I’m off work with stress because I’m here to protect my family. I want to be here 24/7 for my family. They come for my family… I’ve got nothing… I’ve got no choice.’
The detective says he will go back over the route with Couzens, but asks him how the supposed gang contacted him or he contacted them.
Couzens says: ‘I tried to f*** over on one of their call girls and tried to rip her off, so she’s told them and they’ve got me. They just tell me be here, be here, so Hotel Burstin in Folkestone, be here.
‘So I turned up. But I’ve got no mobile number, and they have [原文如此] got my mobile number – they’re obviously outside watching, following… I just, 老实说.
‘They’ll come outside, so they’ll be outside here, then they’ll say right, you’ll be in Folkestone this time, or you’re going to be in Ashford this time. 就是这样.
‘There’s no links, telephone numbers, I’m completely on my own, but at the same time being threatened. It had Romanian plates on the van, white Mercedes Sprinter-type van.’
When pressed as to where Sarah Everard was, he said repeatedly that he did not know where she was and that ‘if I could do something to get her back right this minute, I would’, but at the same time he said ‘I’ll do it again tomorrow if it meant saving my family… these guys meant business.’
He claimed he had evidence of that communication in his mobile phone, but when officers examined it they found it had been wiped clean by Couzens.
At the police station, Couzens declined to provide samples of his DNA, saying it was on advice from his solicitor.
And when asked how he had sustained ‘visible scratch marks to his head’ he blamed them on his dog.
There was a huge search for Sarah Everard after she went missing after visiting a friend before her remains were found in Kent
Police pick holes in Couzens’ 帐户, before finding petrol, hairbands and latex gloves at his home
An investigation found the killer was lying, with no vehicles like the one he described as belonging to the fake gangsters being seen on CCTV.
He was taken to Wandsworth Police Station, where he refused to provide intimate samples, 法院听到.
A large number of significant items were then found at his home, prosecutor Mr Little said. These included:
- A roll of adhesive film that had been ordered on February, inside a cardboard box on the floor in a bedroom;
- Beige-coloured hairbands and a penis pump from a storage unit in the bedroom;
- Police kit bag containing a ballistic vest and other items. The contents included a leather handcuff pouch, two police shoulder numbers and one Civil Nuclear Constabulary uniform badges;
- A green petrol can, identical in appearance to that purchased by Couzens on the morning of March 4;
- Two opened boxes of off-white large latex gloves, from the workshop and garage respectively;
- A pair of Quick Plasti Cuffs and pouch, found in the garage.
Couzens left the Tesco Superstore in Kensington, 西伦敦, after buying a pack of 14 hairbands at 8pm on March 3
A large number of significant items were then found at his home, prosecutor Mr Little said. These included the beige hairbands he was seen buying in Tesco (图为)
Miss Everard’s badly burned body is found dumped in a pond – as Couzens tells police he strangled her ‘with his police belt’
在三月 10, a police search dog team scoured Hoads Wood.
Mr Little described the moment Miss Everard’s body was found partially submerged in a pond inside builders bags.
他说: ‘Several dogs picked up some scent and drew the attention of their handlers to a small pond.
‘Initially only the handles of a green builder’s bag were visible above the surface of the water.
‘Two of the dogs entered the water and indicated interest in the bag. As one of the dogs moved away, the bag appeared to come loose from the floor of the pond, floating upwards and opening up…
‘One of the officers reported that he could see what appeared to be a body in the bag.’
Miss Everard had been badly burned and was still wearing a necklace and gold-coloured ear-ring.
Couzens told a psychiatrist he strangled Miss Everard with his police belt, which tallied with the conclusions of a post-mortem examination which found she died from compression of the neck.
Two days’ 之后, a burnt fridge was found in the woods. Evidence suggested Miss Everard’s body was inside before being burned.
Miss Everard’s death sparked an outpouring of grief, outrage and a series of protests at the rate of violence against women
Miss Everard’s blood is found in Couzens’ 车 – as killer self-harms in custody
Blood matching that of Miss Everard was found in the front passenger seat, rear seats and boot of Couzens’ Seat. There was also evidence that she had been raped.
在三月 10, the killer told a custody nurse that he ‘experiences anxiety and depression’.
After being re-arrested for Miss Everard’s murder, he deliberately hit his head on the toilet bowl in his cell, sustained a cut to his head, and was taken to St George’s Hospital.
He told a nurse he was experiencing ‘suicidal thoughts’.
When asked how he was feeling in a police interview, 他说: ‘I’m in a dark place’.
When the interview resumed, he answered ‘no comment’ to all questions asked.
On Friday March 12, Couzens self-harmed again by intentionally running into the wall of his cell head first.
He then banged his head against a wall while waiting for an ambulance.
Couzens was charged with the murder and kidnap of Sarah Everard on the evening of March 12.
Mr Little QC told the court: ‘He remained quiet with a lowered gaze, but answered questions politely when prompted.
‘He was placed under constant watch until he first appeared in the Magistrates’ court the following morning.’
Victim’s phone is recovered by a diving team
On Thursday March 18, a police diving team found a mobile phone in the River Stour, which runs alongside Fellowship Walk in Sandwich.
The handset was forensically examined, and identified as Miss Everard’s silver Apple iPhone.
The handset did not contain a SIM card.
Police released this mugshot of murderer police officer Couzens after he admitted the horrific crime earlier this year
Everard’s mother Susan says she is ‘haunted’ 由于她女儿被谋杀的恐怖
Reading a statement at the Old Bailey, Susan Everard said: “莎拉死在可怕的环境中. 一想到她所忍受的，我就痛苦不堪.
“莎拉被戴上手铐, 无法为自己辩护, 没有人来救她. 她在这个地球上与最坏的人类一起度过了最后的几个小时.
“她失去了生命是因为韦恩·库森斯想要满足他变态的欲望. 这是一个荒谬的理由. 这是荒谬的. 他怎么能如此廉价地珍视一条人命?
埃弗拉德夫人说她“被排斥”’ 考虑到 Couzens 的所作所为.
Father demands Couzens looks him straight in the eye
Jeremy Everard demanded that her daughter’s killer look at him as he delivered an emotional victim impact statement in court.
He told Couzens: “我永远无法原谅你所做的一切, 把莎拉从我们身边带走.
“你烧了我们女儿的尸体 – 你进一步折磨我们 – 以至于我们再也见不到她了。’
随着埃弗拉德先生继续说下去，库森斯似乎在码头上颤抖着: “你谋杀了我们的女儿，永远伤了她母亲的心, 父亲, 哥哥, 妹妹, 家人和她的朋友.
Ms Everard’s sister Katie Everard describes Couzens as a ‘monster’
Weeping as she read her statement, Katie Everard said: ‘You used your warrant card to trick my sister into your car. She sat in a car handcuffed for hours.
‘What could she have thought she had done wrong? What lies did you tell her? When did she realise that she wasn’t going to survive the night?
‘My only hope is that she was in a state of shock and that she wasn’t aware of the disgusting things being done to her by a monster. When you forced yourself upon her and raped her.’
Shopping in Tesco and B&Q for his kidnap, rape and kill kit: Footage shows Wayne Couzens buy rubble bags, hairbands and a jerry can he used in sickening murder of Sarah Everard
- 韦恩·库恩斯（Wayne Couzens）, 48, is seen buying hairbands at a Tesco in Kensington, 游行 3
- 两天后, following Sarah Everard’s death, he is seen buying petrol canister
- Three hours later, CCTV shows him buying two green rubble bags for £9.94
- Ms Everard’s mother said that her daughter had been ‘disposed of as if she was rubbish’, adding that ‘burning her body was the final insult’
韦恩·库恩斯（Wayne Couzens）, 48, used his Metropolitan Police-issue warrant card and handcuffs to snatch Ms Everard as she walked home from a friend’s house in Clapham, 南 伦敦, 三月的傍晚 3.
The firearms officer, who had clocked off from a 12-hour shift at the American embassy that morning, drove to a secluded rural area near Dover in Kent, where he raped Ms Everard.
In disturbing footage, released by the Met Police , Couzens is seen on March 3, the night of Ms Everard’s disappearance, 在 乐购 Superstore in Kensington, 西伦敦, at 8pm.
He buys a pack of 14 hair bands, which were said to be a ‘significant’ purchase and part of his plans.
Couzens had strangled marketing executive Ms Everard, who lived in Brixton, 南伦敦, with his police belt at or before 2.30am the following morning.
在三月 5, at 11.05am, Couzens is seen buying a petrol canister and filling it up at a BP forecourt in Whitfield, Dover.
Three hours later, CCTV shows him wearing a pale blue face mask while shopping at a B&Q hardware shop in Dover, where he buys two green rubble bags for £9.94.
图为: A canister used by Wayne Couzens in the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard
图为: Items recovered from the car used by Wayne Couzens in the murder of Sarah Everard
图为: Part of the equipment used by Wayne Couzens in the killing of Sarah Everard
图为: 韦恩·库恩斯（Wayne Couzens）’ equipment recovered from his police locker
Among exhibits the police used to catch Couzens was a roll of plastic floor protector tape
图为: Handcuffs recovered from Wayne Couzens’ work locker following the murder of Sarah Everard
Couzens bought a pack of 14 hair bands, which were said to be a ‘significant’ purchase and part of his plans
A key recovered from the car used by Wayne Couzens, who killed Sarah Everard
Ms Everard’s mother Susan said at the Old Bailey that Couzens ‘treated my daughter as if she was nothing and disposed of her as if she was rubbish’.
她补充说: ‘When Sarah’s burnt remains were found, we spent two terrible days waiting for tests to show how she had died, fearing she had been set alight before she was dead – the thought was appalling.
‘Burning her body was the final insult, it meant we could never again see her sweet face and never say goodbye.’
在三月 6 Couzens ordered a tarpaulin and a bungee cargo net on Amazon, which were shipped to him on March 7.
He then calls in sick on March 8, when he was due to return to work.
在三月 9 his phone is wiped of all data at 7.11pm, less than an hour before he is arrested at his home in Deal, 肯特郡, at 7.50pm.
第二天, Ms Everard’s body was discovered in a wooded area of Ashford, 肯特郡, 周围 100 metres from land owned by Couzens.
图为: Equipment recovered from Wayne Couzens’ work locker following Ms Everard’s death
Lubricating jelly recovered from the car used by Wayne Couzens, who killed Sarah Everard
Three hours later, CCTV shows him wearing a pale blue face mask while shopping at a B&Q hardware shop in Dover, where he buys two green rubble bags for £9.94
在三月 5, at 11.05am, Couzens is seen buying a petrol canister and filling it up at a BP forecourt in Whitfield, Dover
韦恩·库恩斯（Wayne Couzens） (剩下, 身着制服，警察腰带盘旋; 和正确的, 在法庭草图中) 被绑架, raped and murdered Sarah Everard in depraved crimes after he had finished his shift
In disturbing footage, released by the Met Police, Couzens is seen on March 3, the night of Ms Everard’s disappearance, at a Tesco Superstore in Kensington, 西伦敦, at 8pm
She was later formally identified by dental records.
在星期三, Ms Everard’s parents and sister condemned her killer as he sat quaking in the dock with his head bowed at the start of his sentencing at the Old Bailey.
Her father Jeremy Everard demanded the killer look at him as he said: “我永远无法原谅你所做的一切, for taking Sarah away from us.’
Susan Everard said she was ‘incandescent with rage’ at what he had done, saying he disposed of her daughter ‘as if she was rubbish’.
Sister Katie Everard wept as she said: ‘My only hope is that she was in a state of shock and that she wasn’t aware of the disgusting things being done to her by a monster. When you forced yourself upon her and raped her.’
Met Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick also attended court to hear how one of her own officers had abused his position and used his warrant card to kidnap Ms Everard ‘by fraud’ before detaining her ‘by force’.
Prosecutor Tom Little QC suggested the case was so exceptional and unprecedented that it could warrant a whole life order, meaning Couzens would die in jail.
Opening the facts of the case, he said Ms Everard’s disappearance was one of the most widely publicised missing person investigations the country has ever seen.
After her body was discovered a week later, it became summarised on social media by the hashtag ‘she was just walking home’, which did not completely describe what had happened, 他说.
‘Whilst it is impossible to summarise what the defendant did to Sarah Everard in just five words, if it had to be done then it would be more appropriate to do so as deception, 绑架, 强奸, 勒死, fire,’ said Mr Little.
The court heard Ms Everard was described by a former long-term boyfriend as ‘extremely intelligent, 精明和街头’ and ‘not a gullible person’.
He said he could not envisage her getting into a car with someone she did not know ‘unless by force or manipulation’, said the prosecutor.
Couzens had worked on uniformed Covid patrols in late January to enforce coronavirus regulations, so would have known what language to use to those who may have breached them, 他继续.
He is thought to have been wearing his police belt with handcuffs and a rectangular black pouch, similar to a pepper spray holder, when he kidnapped Ms Everard as she walked home.
‘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 more likely to submit to an accusation that she had acted in breach of the Covid regulations in some way,’ said Mr Little.
The court heard how Couzens had booked a hire car before going out ‘hunting’ for a lone young female to kidnap and rape.
Chilling CCTV footage played in court showed Couzens raising his left arm, holding a warrant card, before handcuffing Ms Everard and putting her into the back of the car.
A passing couple witnessed the kidnapping but mistook it for an arrest by an undercover officer, 法院听到.
Mr Little said: ‘She was detained by fraud. The defendant using his warrant card and handcuffs as well as his other police issue equipment to effect a false arrest.’
Couzens worked for the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command after joining the Met in 2018, having transferred from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary.
He was sacked by the force after entering guilty pleas.
Scotland Yard said in a statement ahead of the sentencing hearing: ‘We are sickened, angered and devastated by this man’s crimes which betray everything we stand for.’
Lord Justice Fulford adjourned the case until Thursday when he will hand down his sentence.