Wayne Couzens trial latest – Sarah Everard killer cop to die in jail as Met Chief Cressida Dick resists calls to QUIT

WAYNE Couzens will die behind bars after being given a whole-life tariff today for the murder of Sarah Everard.

The Met Police gun cop, 48, snatched Sarah, 33, off the streets of Clap, south London as she walked home from a friend's home on March 3.

Harrowing details of Sarah's murder fake arrest, kidnap and murder were revealed for the first time yesterday as part of Couzens' sentencing.

Handed a whole life tariff, Wayne Couzens joins a string of some of the country's most dangerous offenders who are expected to die behind bars.

There are 60 criminals serving whole life orders, according to Government figures to the end of June.

They will never be considered for release, unless there are exceptional compassionate grounds to warrant it.

Read our Wayne Couzens sentencing live blog for the latest updates…

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    Couzens ‘filled with self loathing and shame’

    Couzens’ barrister Jim Sturman continued: “He appeared to be living a life as a law-abiding man with a loving family and his colleagues described him as calm and friendly.

    “Nothing I say today is at all intended to minimise the horror of what the defendant did that night and after.

    “He makes no excuses for his actions, he accepts he will receive, and he deserves, a severe punishment.

    “No right-minded person… can feel anything other than revulsion for what he did.

    “He does not seek to make excuses for anything that he did and he is filled with self-loathing and abject shame. And he should be.”

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    Couzens’ grim crimes warranted a whole life order says judge

    Justice Fulford described the circumstances of the murder as “grotesque”.

    He said the seriousness of the case was so “exceptionally high” that it warranted a whole life order.

    He said: “The misuse of a police officer’s role such as occurred in this case in order to kidnap, rape and murder a lone victim is of equal seriousness as a murder for the purpose of advancing a political, religious ideological cause.”

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    How long will Wayne Couzens spend in prison?

    On September 30, Wayne Cousins was told that he would die in prison after being given a full life tariff for Sarah's murder.

    Lord Justice Fulford imposed the rare order, which just 61 criminals in the UK have, as he abused his position as a police officer.

    He also became the first British cop to ever receive the sentence.

    The judge said: "Sarah Everard was a wholly blameless victim of a grotesquely executed series of circumstances that culminated in her death and the disposal of her body. She was simply walking home.”

    He told how Couzens spent a month travelling from his home in Deal, Kent, to London while hatching a gruesome plan to "hunt a lone female to kidnap and rape".

    Lord Justice Fulford said Couzens carried out "warped, selfish and brutal offending that was both sexual and homicidal".

    He added: "Sarah Everard’s state of mind, and what she had to endure would have been as bleak and agonising as it is possible to imagine."

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    Did he plead guilty to Sarah Everard's murder?

    The ex-cop pleaded guilty to the murder of Sarah Everard on Friday, July 9, 2021.

    He had previously pleaded guilty to the kidnap and rape and accepted the responsibility for the 33-year-old's killing.

    He pleaded guilty to kidnapping Ms Everard "unlawfully and by force or fraud" on March 3, 2021

    He also pleaded guilty to a second charge of rape between March 2 and 10.

    The Met Police officer appeared via video link at the Old Bailey.

    Sarah's family watched from the public gallery as the monster whispered his formal plea.

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    Police commissioner hopes outrage will bring change

    A police boss has expressed her hopes that outrage over Sarah Everard's horrific murder will spark "real change" for women.

    After former Pc Wayne Couzens was handed a whole life sentence, Northumbria police and crime commissioner Kim McGuinness, said he had committed "the worst kind of male violence".

    She said: "Society is consistently failing women and girls.

    "This case shows how horrendous the consequences can be and I am just so sorry Sarah and her family have paid the price of these failings."

    Ms McGuinness added: "It is beyond troubling to think his role as a Metropolitan police officer enabled him to commit these grotesque and I understand how concerning this is to women everywhere.

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    Judge blasts 'self-pitying' Wayne Couzens for showing NO remorse

    LORD Justice Falford slammed Wayne Couzens as he imposed a whole life sentence.

    The judge said he "irretrievably damaged the lives of Sarah Everard's family and friends" after planning a violent attack for a month.

    He added: "During the period before your arrest, there was never a moment when you gave the slightest indication of regret, following perhaps the realisation of the enormity of the dreadful crimes you had committed.

    "Instead, you simultaneously attended to the inconsequential details of family life whilst grimly covering your tracks, with all the appearance of a man acting with quiet and unconcerned determination.

    "The substantial CCTV footage and similar material does not give the slightest hint of someone in trauma, who has started to have second thoughts in the cold light of day about what they have done.

    "Notwithstanding your guilty pleas, therefore, I have seen no evidence of genuine contrition on your part as opposed to evident self-pity and attempts by you to avoid or minimise the proper consequences of what you have done."

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    'Very controlled and very practised'

    The cop, who worked on the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command unit, had finished a shift earlier on the morning of March 3 and was not on duty at the time of Sarah's disappearance.

    Despite wiping his phone, data on the device linked Couzens to the abduction and eventually the area where Sarah was found.

    While in custody, former mechanic Couzens was twice taken to hospital with head injuries.

    After his arrest, the dedicated family man persona the monster tried creating began to crumble.

    The married dad-of-two was revealed as a sex pest who contacted escorts and used a Match.com dating profile.

    But even more sinister, it emerged Couzens had slipped through the net despite indulging in dark fantasies.

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    "He is also 48. That would be very, very late in my experience for someone to have acted on those sexual fantasies," Professor Wilson added.

    He branded the use of police equipment – including handcuffs and the police belt later used to strangle Sarah – a "fetishized element".

    Professor Wilson added: "In the weeks leading up to the abduction and the weeks prior to the murder he was found indecently exposing himself.

    "One of the biggest learning points that I keep saying: indecent exposure is a serious offence that is an indicator of more serious offences. 

    "He also had a nickname, 'The Rapist'. Colleagues obviously understood something wasn't right about Couzens.

    "All of this suggests to me that Couzens will have offended before."

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    ‘Experienced’ killer Wayne Couzens ‘will have’ struck BEFORE

    CONTROLLED and practised" cop Wayne Couzens "will have" struck before killing Sarah Everard, experts say.

    Criminology Professor David Wilson said he has "no doubt" that police will be trying to link the warped killer to other unsolved crimes.

    Couzens was today given a rare whole life tariff and is set to die in prison after he raped and murdered Sarah Everard in a fake Covid arrest.

    The Met Police officer – who was wearing a police belt later used to strangle Sarah – prowled the dark streets looking for prey when he spotted the 33-year-old walking back from a friend's house in Clapham.

    Professor Wilson, the Professor Emeritus of Criminology at Birmingham City University, described Couzens' actions as "very controlled and very practised".

    He told the Sun: "They don't suggest to me the behaviours of someone who is simply demonstrating his first offence. The behaviour is clearly part of his sexual fantasies. They don't come all at once but in dribs and drabs.  Everything about what happened on that night suggests to me that Couzens will have offended before."

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    Female police officers 'afraid to report male colleagues'

    Women police officers are afraid to report their male colleagues for misconduct due to fears they will be abandoned if they need help, a former senior officer has said.

    Following the jailing of Wayne Couzens for the murder of Sarah Everard, Parm Sandhu, a former chief superintendent in the Metropolitan Police, said she had been "vilified" when she raised concerns about the way she was treated.

    "The police service is very sexist and misogynistic. A lot of women will not report their colleagues," she told BBC Radio 4's The World At One.

    "What happens is that male police officers will then close ranks and the fear that most women police officers have got is that when you are calling for help, you press that emergency button or your radio, they're not going to turn up and you're going to get kicked in in the street.

    "So you have got to be very careful which battles you can fight and which ones you can actually win."

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    Met 'must answer serious questions' – Priti Patel

    Priti Patel has said the Met Police force needs to answer "Serious questions" as she backed Dame Cressida Dick in the wake of Sarah Everard's murder.

    The Met commissioner Dick faced more calls to step down amid demands for urgent action to restore the confidence of women in the police after Wayne Couzens was handed a whole life sentence for the killing.

    Earlier this month her contract was extended by two years, which means she will continue to lead the Met until 2024.

    Speaking from the Home Office, Ms Patel, said: "There are questions, serious questions that need to be answered by the Metropolitan Police.

    "From the very day that Sarah went missing, I have been, clearly, in contact with the Metropolitan Police and putting forward some questions around the conduct of the potential suspect at the time and all the requirements and checks that should have been put in place."

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    IOPC aim to conclude probes 'as swiftly as possible'

    lude investigations into officers' conduct linked to the Sarah Everard case "as swiftly as possible".

    The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) issued an update on several investigations, including a criminal probe into two officers and one former officer with the Met who allegedly sent discriminatory messages as part of a WhatsApp group.

    An investigation into how Ms Everard's killer Wayne Couzens sustained head injuries while in custody on March 10 and 12 found they were "self-inflicted" and the correct procedures were followed by the Met.

    IOPC regional director Sal Naseem said: "We cannot provide updates for some of our investigations linked to Couzens, which are ongoing, but following today's sentencing (of Couzens), we will look to bring those matters to a conclusion as swiftly as possible. We are, however, able to provide information about others, including those that are either concluded or nearing completion."

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    'My heart hurts for Sarah and her family'

    A woman arrested at the vigil for Sarah Everard said her "heart hurts" for the murdered 33-year-old, her family and friends.

    Patsy Stevenson said she hopes people will continue talking about the violence women and girls face, as Wayne Couzens was handed a whole life sentence for kidnapping, raping and strangling Ms Everard.

    Images of physics student Ms Stevenson being handcuffed and held down by two male officers sparked anger over Scotland Yard's policing of the gathering following Ms Everard's disappearance in south London.

    She is currently involved in legal action against the Metropolitan Police over its actions at the March 13 vigil.

    Ms Stevenson, 28, from Surrey, told the PA news agency: "The same as many women across the country, my heart hurts. I just can't imagine what her loved ones are going through right now.

    "It's an absolutely disgusting crime, and I just think there is no justice in something like this, a whole life sentence is still not long enough."

    Patsy Stevenson was handcuffed and held down by two male officers during a vigil for Sarah EverardCredit: Jack Hill/The Times
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    'Brutal murder has damaged police trust' says Met chief

    Speaking outside the Old Bailey, Dame Cressida Dick said she recognised the "brutal" murder of Sarah Everard by officer Wayne Couzens had damaged trust in the police.

    She said: "This man has brought shame on the Met. Speaking frankly as an organisation, we have been rocked."

    She went on: "I absolutely know that there are those that feel their trust in us is shaken. I recognise that for some people, a precious bond of trust has been damaged."

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    Cressida Dick finally speaks

    Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said Wayne Couzens had brought "shame" on the Metropolitan Police and branded him a "coward".

    Speaking to reporters following his sentencing for the rape and murder of Sarah Everard, she said: "I am absolutely horrified that this man used his position of trust to deceive and coerce Sarah and I know you all are too.

    "His actions were a gross betrayal of everything policing stands for."

    Dame Cressida added: "He showed himself to be the coward he is through his lies and seeking to minimise his true responsibility for his crimes.

    "Police officers are here to protect people. To be courageous and compassionate. His actions were the exact opposite of that."

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    Police officers 'failing to raise concerns'

    The Chief Inspector of Constabulary Sir Tom Winsor has warned that police officers are failing to raise concerns about colleagues who exhibit "damaging or worrying" characteristics.

    After former Metropolitan Police firearms officer Wayne Couzens was given a whole life sentence for the murder of Sarah Everard, Sir Tom said there appeared to be a "culture of colleague protection" within the service.

    "The concern that I have is that there is in too many respects and in too many places a culture of colleague protection," he told BBC Radio 4's The World At One.

    "Forces are not sufficiently spotting and dealing with concerns about behaviours and attitudes when constables are in their probation when they should be thrown out.

    "In too many respects, there is evidence of police officers who become aware of damaging or worrying characteristics in police officers of not reporting them, not putting up a warning flag and that needs to change."

    Sir Tom said the resourcing of police counter-corruption units – called directorates of professional standards – was inadequate, the quality of their investigations was sometimes "quite poor" and there were too many backlogs in vetting officers.

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    'World is now a safer place' say family

    The family of Sarah Everard has welcomed a whole life sentence for her killer, saying: "The world is a safer place with him imprisoned."

    On Thursday, Wayne Couzens, 48, was handed a whole life order at the Old Bailey for the kidnap, rape and murder of the 33-year-old marketing executive.

    Her parents Jeremy and Susan and sister Katie had given moving victim impact statements expressing their outrage at Couzens' crimes, demanding that he look at them in court.

    On Thursday, they sat calmly in court, metres from the Met Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick, as a visibly shaking Couzens was sent down.

    Afterwards they shook hands with the detectives who helped bring him to justice before leaving court.

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    Chief Inspector confirms Couzen was nicknamed 'The Rapist'

    Wayne Couzens was known as "the rapist" by other officers at times during his career, the Chief Inspector of Constabulary Sir Tom Winsor has confirmed.

    Sir Tom said the Independent Office for Police Conduct was investigating what other officers knew about Couzens following his conviction for the murder of Sarah Everard.

    Asked on BBC Radio 4's The World At One if he was aware of Couzens' reputation as "the rapist", Sir Tom said: "Yes, I do know that. And (he) also had allegedly a reputation in terms of drug abuse, extreme pornography and other offences of this kind."

    He said he did not believe Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick should have to resign over the case.

    "Cressida Dick is not responsible for the individual acts of every police officer, including a police officer of the appalling criminal intent of Wayne Couzens. Cressida Dick has a great deal of support from her officers and has led the force with distinction," he said.

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    Patel quizzed on how Couzens was allowed to be a policeman

    Asked why Couzens was allowed to be a police officer, Priti Patel said: "First of all, these are questions for the Metropolitan Police and these are questions that have been asked already, I should just be very clear about that.

    "In my holding of account of the Metropolitan Police in previous months, as I said from the minute Sarah went missing these were clear points and questions and challenges put to the Metropolitan Police and to the Met Commissioner directly.

    "Now just on this point in particular, we all have to be very clear that right now there is a grieving family and with that there are many women and girls who simply feel unsafe as to what has happened and will listen to what the judge has said today around the abuse of trust and the abuse of power by a serving officer in the Metropolitan Police.

    "It is my duty and my responsibility to hold the police to account, to continue to ask questions that I have been asking over recent months, but also I think importantly to ensure that the change that we need to see within the police actually takes place."

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    Priti Patel responds to Couzens' whole life sentence

    Responding to the whole life tariff given to Wayne Couzens, Home Secretary Priti Patel said: "What we heard today is sickening to everyone and there are no words, no words at all, that can describe the appalling tragedy around Sarah Everard's murder.

    "All our thoughts and our sympathy are with her family and she is constantly in my thoughts as well.

    "In terms of the monster that has been convicted today, it is right that he has been given a whole life tariff and with that he can never walk the streets of our country again.

    "Alongside that of course, it is right that we constantly hold the police to account for what has happened."

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    PM: No woman should have to fear violence

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson said "no woman should have to fear harassment or violence", as he said he was "sickened" by the details of Sarah Everard's murder which emerged during Wayne Couzens' sentencing hearing.

    "There are no words that adequately express the horror of Sarah's murder. Like the rest of the country, I have been sickened by what we have heard over the course of this sentencing and the pain and suffering endured by her family and friends is truly unimaginable.

    "Our police are there to protect us – and I know that officers will share in our shock and devastation at the total betrayal of this duty. People must be able to walk on our streets without fear of harm and with full confidence that the police are there to keep them safe.

    "No woman should have to fear harassment or violence. We will do everything possible to prevent these abhorrent crimes and keep our communities safe."

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    Sarah's family 'very pleased' with court ruling

    Via a statement by the Metropolitan Police, Sarah Everard's family said: "We are very pleased that Wayne Couzens has received a full life sentence and will spend the rest of his life in jail. Nothing can make things better, nothing can bring Sarah back, but knowing he will be imprisoned forever brings some relief.

    "Sarah lost her life needlessly and cruelly and all the years of life she had yet to enjoy were stolen from her. Wayne Couzens held a position of trust as a police officer and we are outraged and sickened that he abused this trust in order to lure Sarah to her death. The world is a safer place with him imprisoned.

    "It is almost seven months since Sarah died and the pain of losing her is overwhelming. We miss her all the time. She was a beautiful young woman in looks and character and our lives are the poorer without her. We remember all the lovely things about Sarah – her compassion and kindness, her intelligence, her strong social conscience. But we especially like to remember her laughing and dancing and enjoying life. We hold her safe in our hearts.

    "We are immensely grateful to the police and legal team who worked on Sarah's case. We cannot thank them enough for their meticulous and painstaking work and for their constant support. We also send our heartfelt thanks to our family and friends for comforting us through this terrible

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    Judge praises Met Police investigation

    The judge praised the Metropolitan Police for the way they handled the whole case, calling it "the most impressive police investigation" he had known in 30 years as a judge.

    "It cannot be suggested in my view that the Metropolitan Police, even for a moment, attempted to close ranks to protect one of their own. Instead, remorselessly, efficiently and impartially the investigating officers followed all the available leads, resulting in an overwhelming case against the accused.

    "Meriting particular mention are Detective Chief Inspector Catherine Goodwin, Detective Kim Martin and Acting Detective Inspector Lee Tullett.

    "Mr Tullett has been a key figure in the investigation and the preparation of this case, going well beyond what could properly be expected of any police officer, and his role deserves high commendation."

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    Couzens to spend whole life behind bars

    Wayne Couzens has been sentenced to whole life in prison.

    Only “very rarely” will situations arise that merit a whole life sentence, the judge said.

    Couzens today joined the grim ranks of criminals in the UK who will die behind bars after receiving a whole life tariff.

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    Couzens ‘tried to minimise his true responsibility’

    The judge has said Couzens tried to “minimise his true responsibility” for what had occurred from the moment he spoke to police.

    He said the defendant must have realised he “may well need to kill the woman he intended to abduct and rape” but that did not become a “definite outcome” before events began to unfold.

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