Killer cop's children played near spot Sarah Everard was dumped

Killer cop’s children played near spot Sarah Everard was dumped: How Wayne Couzens took ‘family tripto Kent woods where he burned victim’s body four days after kidnapping her off Clapham street

  • Killer police officer Wayne Couzens, 48, hid Sarah’s body in Hoad Woods
  • A few days later he took his family on a trip to the same area to play
  • Sy kinders – wat nie genoem kan word nie – played yards from where body was hidden
  • Callous Wayne Couzens took his wife and children to play at the woods where he had burned Sarah Everard‘s body two days earlier on a family trip out.

    On the way there they had stopped at a service station where he had calmly bought a Lucozade after raping and murdering her.

    Hours later his two children played happily in grass and overgrowth at Hoad Woods in Kent.

    Just yards away was the lake where Couzens had dumped Ms Everard’s burned body in waste bags.

    Prosecutor Tom Little QC told the quiet Old Bailey: ‘He allowed his children to play in relative close proximity to where Sarah Everard’s body had been dumped in a pond.

    ‘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.

    Earlier the court heard how Couzens had used Covid-19 lockdown regulations to kidnap Ms Everard in a ‘false arrestbefore raping her, strangling her and burning her body.

    He used his Metropolitan Police-issue warrant card and handcuffs to snatch Ms Everard as she walked home from a friend’s house in Clapham, Suid-Londen, op die aand van Maart 3.

    The firearms officer, who had clocked off from a 12-hour shift at the American Embassy that morning, drove to a remote rural area north-west of Dover in Kent, where he parked up and raped Ms Everard.

    The marketing executive, who lived in Brixton, Suid-Londen, was strangled by 2.30am the following morning.

    Killer police officer Wayne Couzens, 48, hid Sarah's body in Hoad Woods after murdering her

    Killer police officer Wayne Couzens, 48, hid Sarah’s body in Hoad Woods after murdering her

    Marketing executive Sarah Everard, 28, was snatched off the street in Clapham by Couzens

    Marketing executive Sarah Everard, 28, was snatched off the street in Clapham by Couzens

    Police searched waters and woodland to try and find clues and Sarah's remains during probe

    Police searched waters and woodland to try and find clues and Sarah’s remains during probe

    Married Couzens burned her body in a refrigerator in an area of woodland he owned in the woods, naby Ashford, Kent, before dumping the remains in a nearby pond.

    He was arrested on March 9 after police trawled through some 1,800 hours of CCTV footage.

    He has pleaded guilty to kidnap, rape and murder and faces a possible full life sentence when he is sentenced by Lord Justice Fulford at the Old Bailey on Thursday.

    Couzens sat in the dock with his head bowed on Wednesday as prosecutor Tom Little QC opened the case in front of a packed courtroom, including Ms Everard’s family.

    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, hy het gesê.

    ‘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, kidnap, verkragting, strangulation, vuur,’ said Mr Little.

    Police search woodland in Ashford near Kent (op die foto) waar menslike oorskot gevind is

    Police search woodland in Ashford near Kent (op die foto) waar menslike oorskot gevind is

    A Metropolitan Police van and a private ambulance at the scene of the woods near Ashford

    A Metropolitan Police van and a private ambulance at the scene of the woods near Ashford

    Killer officer repeatedly exposed himself to women in lead-up to murder

    As Couzens rose through police ranks, the first of a series of escalating incidents and clues began to emerge that would horrifically culminate in the murder of Sarah.

    Kent Policewith whom he volunteered from 2005 aan 2009 – received a complaint a man had been spotted driving around Dover naked from the waist down.

    No arrests were made and the fact it was suspected to be Couzens was kept secret until after his conviction when the Independent Office for Police Conduct revealed the crime.

    The IOPC revealed the allegation as it confirmed Couzens was suspected of two other indecent exposures at a McDonalds, which were feared not to have been properly probed by the Met force days before he killed Sarah.


    The court heard Ms Everard was described by a former long-term boyfriend as ‘extremely intelligent, savvy and streetwiseand ‘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, gaan hy voort.

    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, toevoeging: ‘His movements were consistent with the defendant looking for, or hunting, for a lone young female to kidnap and rape, which is precisely what he did.

    CCTV footage played in court shows Couzens raising his left arm, holding a warrant card, before handcuffing Ms Everard and putting her into the back of the car.

    The hunt for evidence in Sandwich, Kent, saw police at a number of key areas during search

    The hunt for evidence in Sandwich, Kent, saw police at a number of key areas during search

    An item believed to be some kind of handle was taken away

    A plastic zip lock housing the black item found

    There were two items taken away by forensic experts which appeared to be of interest

    The bag containing various items were taken away from the scene in Sandwich, Kent

    The bag containing various items were taken away from the scene in Sandwich, Kent

    A passing couple witnessed the kidnapping but mistook it for an arrest by an undercover officer, het die hof gehoor.

    ‘They were in fact witnessing the kidnapping of Sarah Everard,’ 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 affect 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.

    ‘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

    Die verdwyning van Sarah Everard en die arrestasie van die gewapende polisieman Wayne Couzens

    Maart 3: Sarah het verdwyn nadat sy omstreeks 21:00 by vriend se huis Clapham vertrek het. Sy vertrek uit die agterhek van haar vriendin en praat met haar kêrel oor die telefoon vir 15 minute.

    Maart 5: Sarah se familie deel ontbrekende plakkate van haar nadat hulle toenemend bekommerd raak dat sy steeds nie tuis is nie, versprei die woord aanlyn met skakels na die Missing People-liefdadigheidsorganisasie.

    Maart 6: Die polisie het appèl vrygestel, en gesê dat Sarah vermoedelik deur Clapham Common geloop het, op pad na Brixton-huis, 'n reis van 50 minute. Hulle sê dat hulle nie seker is dat sy ooit by die huis aangekom het nie.

    Maart 7: Die polisie maak beeldmateriaal van me Everard bekend en sê dat sy alleen op A205 Poyndersweg in die rigting van Tulse Hill geloop het toe sy laas op CCTV gesien is, wat nie aan die polisie vrygelaat is nie.

    Maart 8: Spesialisbeamptes word opgestel en 120 oproepe van die publiek kom in. 'N Deur-tot-deur-operasie laat die polisie met mekaar praat 750 gesinne.

    Maart 9: Die polisie deursoek tuine naby me Everard se roete en die nabygeleë Oaklands Estate.

    Beamptes deursoek ook 'n dam in Clapham Common en dreineer langs die A205.

    Cordon rondom die Poynders Court-behuisingskompleks op Poyndersweg, forensiese beamptes op die toneel.

    11.59pm: Wayne Couzens, polisiebeampte, ontmoet wat in Kent gearresteer is weens die ontvoering. 'N Vrou in haar dertigerjare word in hegtenis geneem omdat sy 'n oortreder bygestaan ​​het.

    Bure sê hulle het 'n Land Rover opgemerk met twee mans wat die eiendom twee uur daarna dopgehou het 20 beamptes het op die huis toegeslaan.

    Maart 10: Spesialis-polisie-ondersoekspan arriveer in Kent. Hulle deursoek Couzens’ huis en tuin, sowel as die nabygeleë Betteshanger Park, wat ongeveer twee-en-'n-half is- kilometers van die huis af, asook 'n verlate ontspanningskompleks in Great Chart naby Ashford.

    8pm: Dame Cressida Dick bevestig dat menslike oorskot in die bosveld in Ashford gevind is, Kent op soek na Sarah. Sy kon nie bevestig of die oorskot aan die vermiste vrou behoort nie.

    Maart 11: 10is: Premier Boris Johnson het gesê hy is 'geskok en diep bedroef oor die ontwikkelinge in die Sarah Everard-ondersoek', toe te voeg 'ons moet vinnig werk om al die antwoorde op hierdie afgryslike misdaad te vind'.

    Priti Patel, minister van binnelandse sake, bygevoeg: ‘Elke vrou moet veilig voel om in ons strate te loop sonder vrees vir teistering of geweld. Op hierdie diep hartseer en tragiese tyd as ons vir Sarah en haar gesin dink en bid '.

    4pm: Die polisie bevestig later die verdagte is in die hospitaal behandel vir 'n kopbesering wat hy in aanhouding opgedoen het, voordat hy na 'n polisiekantoor terugbesorg is.

    Me Everard se familie maak 'n verklaring bekend met hulde aan haar as 'n uitstekende voorbeeld vir ons almal ', en het bygevoeg dat sy 'soveel vreugde in ons lewens gebring het'.

    Die Met onthul 'n uitbreiding op die verdagte se aanhouding is deur 'n landdros toegestaan’ hof, terwyl die vrou wat gearresteer word, vermoedelik 'n oortreder bygestaan ​​het, op borgtog vrygelaat word om middel April op 'n datum terug te keer na 'n polisiekantoor.

    6pm: Die organiseerders van 'n waaksaamheid vir mev. Everard sê dat hulle regsstappe teen die Met vra. 13 om voort te gaan.

    Maart 12: Soektogte loop op in die tonnels wat in die White Cliffs of Dover uitgekerf is wat rondom Couzens en onder hulle loop’ former family garage.

    Spanne bly by Couzens’ huis in Deal en in bosveld naby Ashford waar menslike oorskot gevind is.

    2pm: Scotland Yard bevestig dat die lyk wat in die Kent-bos gevind is Sarah is. Haar familie is ingelig.

    9pm: Wayne Couzens word aangekla van die moord op en ontvoering van juffrou Everard.

    Maart 13: Wayne Couzens, 48, appears at Westminster Magistrates Court for his first appearanceand is remanded in custody.

    A vigil in memory of Miss Everard is held on Clapham Common sparking scenes that show police officers restraining women.

    Maart 14: A political storm starts brewing over the policing of the vigil in south west London, with some calling for the resignation of Metropolitan Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick

    Maart 15: Dame Cressida says she will not resign and is even more determined to lead the force. Police crews arrive in Sandwich, Kent, and begin searching for evidence, including in the river.

    Maart 16: Wayne Couzens, 48, makes his first appearance at the Old Bailey in London over the kidnap and murder of Miss Everard. He is told he could face a four-week trial in October.

    Maart 17: Searches in Delf Stream in Sandwich, Kent, continue for a third day as police divers scour the water for evidence including Miss Everard’s phone, which is still missing.


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