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Sarah Everard murder: Wayne Couzens sentenced to whole life order in prison

The Met Police officer who raped and murdered Sarah Everard after kidnapping her during a false arrest has been sentenced to a whole life order in prison.

Wayne Couzens abducted Ms Everard as she walked home from a friend’s house in Clapham, south London, on March 3.

He used Covid powers to falsely ‘arrest’ the 33-year-old as she walked home, making her think she had breached Covid restrictions.

The officer handcuffed her before putting her in the back of his rented car and driving 80 miles to Kent.

He then raped the marketing executive and strangled her with his police-issue belt.

Prosecutor Tom Little QC said Sarah, who grew up in York, was the victim of “deception, kidnap, rape, strangulation, fire”.

Couzens, a parliamentary and diplomatic protection officer, had already admitted Sarah’s murder, kidnap and rape.

He will never be released for the murder of Sarah Everard after being sentenced by Lord Justice Fulford at the Old Bailey on September 30.

During the harrowing first day of Couzens’ two-day sentencing, Sarah’s mum, Susan, father, Jeremy, and sister, Katie, read out their personal impact statements to the court.



Pc Wayne Couzens pleaded guilty to the murder of Sarah Everard
Pc Wayne Couzens pleaded guilty to the murder of Sarah Everard

The defendant was not able to look at the family during the hearing.

A whole-life order means the criminal is in prison for the rest of their life without ever becoming eligible for parole.

It differs from a life sentence, under which the prisoner is given a number of years they must spend in jail after which they will be eligible to apply for parole.

Whole-life tariffs are reserved for offenders judged to be the most dangerous to society.