/ 01 October 2021

London policeman sentenced for murder

Image caption: Met Police
Image caption: Met Police

Metropolitan police officer Wayne Couzens pleaded guilty to kidnapping, raping and murdering 33yo marketing executive Sarah Everard in South London in March, and overnight he was sentenced to a ‘whole-life’ term in prison without parole. It’s a case that has chilled the UK. The court heard 48yo Couzens had long planned the attack, and Everard was in the wrong place at the wrong time. She was stopped by Couzens after he finished his shift as a diplomatic protection officer at the US Embassy. She was walking home when he used his police ID to claim she was breaching the COVID rules. After putting her in handcuffs, he drove 130km to woodland in Kent where he raped and killed her before burning her body. She was found a week later. Yesterday, Everard’s father Jeremy demanded that Couzens look at him as he told the sentencing hearing he could never forgive him for taking away his daughter.

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