Police officer Wayne Couzens is facing a whole life sentence for the murder of Sarah Everard back in March.
The 48-year-old kidnapped Everard under the guise of a false arrest for breaking lockdown rules and then strangled her with his police belt on the evening of the 3rd of March.
Everard was walking home from a friend’s house in Clapham, south London when Couzens used his Metropolitan Police-issue warrant card and handcuffs to snatch Everard.
Couzens, who had clocked off from a 12-hour shift at the American embassy, drove to a secluded area near Dover in Kent, where he parked up and raped Everard before strangling her to death.
He placed her body in a refrigerator and set it on fire in an area of woodland that he owned in Hoads Road before dumping the remains in a nearby pond.
He was arrested after police connected him to a hire car that he used to abduct Everard, whose remains were discovered on the 10th of March.
Couzens pleaded guilty in July to the kidnapping, rape and murder of Everard.
At the Old Bailey, Prosecutor Tom Little QC suggested that the case was so exceptional and unprecedented that it could warrant a whole life sentence.
Before his sentence is handed down by Lord Justice Fulford, Couzens’ defence barrister Jim Sturman QC is expected to mitigate on his behalf.
IMAGE – “Vigil for Sarah Everard in Sheffield” by Tim Dennell Licenced by CC BY 2.0