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
  • His children – chi non può essere nominato – 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, a sud di Londra, la sera di marzo 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, a sud di Londra, 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

    Responsabile marketing Sarah Everard, 28, was snatched off the street in Clapham by Couzens

    Responsabile marketing 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, near 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, Egli ha detto.

    ‘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, rape, strangulation, fuoco,’ said Mr Little.

    Police search woodland in Ashford near Kent (nella foto) dove sono stati trovati resti umani

    Police search woodland in Ashford near Kent (nella foto) dove sono stati trovati resti umani

    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.

    Polizia del Kent – with whom he volunteered from 2005 per 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.

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    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’, ha detto il pubblico ministero.

    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, Lui continuò.

    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, aggiungendo: ‘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, la corte ha sentito.

    ‘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

    La scomparsa di Sarah Everard e l'arresto del poliziotto armato Wayne Couzens

    marzo 3: Sarah è scomparsa dopo aver lasciato la casa di un amico Clapham intorno alle 21:00. Esce dal cancello sul retro della sua amica e parla al telefono con il suo ragazzo 15 minuti.

    marzo 5: La famiglia di Sarah condivide i suoi manifesti scomparsi dopo che sono diventati sempre più preoccupati che lei non sia ancora a casa, spargendo la voce in linea con i collegamenti alla carità di Missing People.

    marzo 6: Met Police rilascia un appello, dicendo che si pensava che Sarah avesse camminato per Clapham Common, dirigendosi verso casa di Brixton, un viaggio di 50 minuti. Dicono di non essere sicuri che sia mai arrivata a casa.

    marzo 7: La polizia ha rilasciato il filmato della sig.ra Everard e ha detto che stava camminando da sola sulla A205 Poynders Road verso Tulse Hill quando è stata vista l'ultima volta su CCTV, che non è stato rilasciato alla polizia.

    marzo 8: Vengono arruolati funzionari specializzati e 120 arrivano chiamate dal pubblico. Un'operazione porta a porta vede la polizia parlare 750 famiglie.

    marzo 9: La polizia perquisisce i giardini vicino al percorso della sig.ra Everard e alla vicina tenuta di Oaklands.

    Gli ufficiali cercano anche uno stagno a Clapham Common e gli scarichi lungo la A205.

    Cordone intorno al complesso residenziale di Poynders Court su Poynders Road, ufficiali della scientifica sulla scena.

    11.59pm: Incontrato l'agente di polizia Wayne Couzens arrestato nel Kent con l'accusa di rapimento. Una donna di 30 anni viene arrestata con l'accusa di assistere un delinquente.

    I vicini dicono di aver avvistato una Land Rover contenente due uomini che guardavano la proprietà per due ore prima del giro 20 gli ufficiali hanno fatto irruzione nella casa.

    marzo 10: La squadra di ricerca della polizia specializzata arriva nel Kent. Cercano Couzens’ casa e giardino così come il vicino Betteshanger Park che è di circa due e mezzo- miglia dalla casa e da un complesso ricreativo abbandonato a Great Chart vicino ad Ashford.

    8pm: La signora Cressida Dick conferma che sono stati trovati resti umani nei boschi di Ashford, Kent alla ricerca di Sarah. Non è stata in grado di confermare se i resti appartenessero alla donna scomparsa.

    marzo 11: 10sono: Il primo ministro Boris Johnson si è detto "scioccato e profondamente rattristato dagli sviluppi dell'indagine su Sarah Everard", aggiungendo "dobbiamo lavorare velocemente per trovare tutte le risposte a questo orribile crimine".

    Ha aggiunto il ministro dell'Interno Priti Patel: 'Ogni donna dovrebbe sentirsi sicura di camminare per le nostre strade senza paura di molestie o violenze. In questo momento profondamente triste e tragico mentre pensiamo e preghiamo per Sarah e la sua famiglia ".

    4pm: La polizia ha successivamente confermato che il sospetto è stato curato in ospedale per un trauma cranico subito durante la custodia, prima di essere restituito a una stazione di polizia.

    La famiglia della sig.ra Everard rilascia una dichiarazione che le rende omaggio come un "fulgido esempio per tutti noi", aggiungendo che "ha portato così tanta gioia alle nostre vite".

    Il Met rivela che un'estensione della detenzione del sospetto è stata concessa da un magistrato’ Tribunale, mentre la donna arrestata con l'accusa di assistere un delinquente viene rilasciata su cauzione per tornare in una stazione di polizia in una data a metà aprile.

    6pm: Gli organizzatori di una veglia per la sig.ra Everard affermano di essere alla ricerca di un'azione legale contro il Met dopo aver affermato che la forza ha invertito la sua posizione sull'autorizzazione all'evento pianificato per marzo 13 andare avanti.

    marzo 12: Le ricerche si intensificano nei tunnel scavati nelle bianche scogliere di Dover che corrono intorno e sotto Couzens’ former family garage.

    Le squadre rimangono a Couzens’ casa a Deal e nei boschi vicino ad Ashford dove sono stati trovati resti umani.

    2pm: Scotland Yard conferma che il corpo trovato nel bosco del Kent è Sarah is. La sua famiglia è stata informata.

    9pm: Wayne Couzens è accusato dell'omicidio e del rapimento di Miss Everard.

    marzo 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.

    marzo 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

    marzo 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.

    marzo 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.

    marzo 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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