Killer Wayne Couzens is an 'absolute disgrace to the service' who 'cast a shadow on all police', cops blast

KILLER cop Wayne Couzens is an "absolute disgrace to the service", the Police Federation has blasted.

The twisted 48-year-old who kidnapped, raped and murdered Sarah Everard, has "cast a shadow on all officers" and makes his colleagues feel "sick to the stomach".



Couzens was today sentenced to die in prison after being given a rare whole life tariff.

He had prowled the streets in south London looking for a victim when he spotted the 33-year-old walking back from a friend's house in Clapham.

He then tricked her into a fake Covid arrest using his warrant card before driving her out of the capital and strangling her with his police belt.

The Police Federation described "predator" Couzens as "an absolute disgrace to the police service".

National Chair John Apter said: "I am totally ashamed that he was ever a police officer.

"I am proud to carry a warrant card, but this vile individual's abuse of that authority has cast a shadow on all those who work within policing.

"He has brought disgrace to our uniform.

"The way he took advantage of Sarah's trust makes me feel sick to the stomach.

"No sentence will ever ease the pain for the family and friends of Sarah or undo the terrible damage this disgusting man has done.

"He doesn't deserve to have another single day of freedom and I hope every day he spends in prison is a long one."

Ahead of his sentencing, the court heard how colleagues called Couzens 'The Rapist' and knew he liked violent porn.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct has served 12 notices for allegations of misconduct to police officers investigating matters against Couzens before Sarah's murder.

The matters relate to failed investigations into Couzens allegedly exposing himself in a McDonald's restaurant in South London on February 28 – just three days before Sarah's murder – as well as a similar indecent exposure claim in Kent in 2015.

Three officers have been served with gross misconduct notices.

There is also an ongoing investigation into police officers in multiple forces allegedly sharing inappropriate messages related to Couzens' prosecution.

Other failures included letting Couzens – who is the first serving officer to be convicted of the sex murder of a stranger – work without serving his full two years on probation in September 2018.

'CATALOGUE OF FAILURES'

He was also not given enhanced vetting when he joined the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Unit in February 2020.

At the time, the Met were desperate for extra armed cops following the Paris terror attacks in 2017.

Former Met detective chief inspector Mick Neville previously told The Sun: “There is a catalogue of failures. He could have been found out as a sexual deviant.

“If those had been done properly, he would have been drummed out of the police and it is likely Sarah would still be alive.”

Judge blasts ‘self-pitying’ Wayne Couzens for showing NO remorse for ‘dreadful’ crimes

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."

The judge who today sentenced Couzens said the Met Police did not "attempt to close ranks to protect one of their own".

Lord Justice Fulford said the case had been "the most impressive police investigation that I have encountered in the 30 years I have been sitting as a part-time and full-time judge".

"The speed with which the evidence leading to the arrest of the defendant was secured is highly notable, as has been the painstaking reconstruction of these events using electronic material along with more old-fashioned methods of policing," he added.

"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."

Sarah died in horrendous circumstances. I am tormented at the thought of what she endured.

Sarah's family sobbed and breathed sighs of relief as Couzens was given a rare whole life tariff.

Her tormented parents Susan and Jeremy were forced to sit through the grim details of her death as they bravely stood up to face her killer.

Along with Sarah's sister Katie, they read powerful statements revealing the nature of her murder meant they couldn't even have a final kiss goodbye.

Susan told of her torment at her daughter's brutal killing and revealed she is "repulsed" by Couzens in a powerful victim impact statement.

She said: "Sarah died in horrendous circumstances. I am tormented at the thought of what she endured.

"Sarah was handcuffed, unable to defend herself, and there was no one to rescue her. She spent the last hours on this earth with the very worst of humanity.

"She lost her life because Wayne Couzens wanted to satisfy his perverted desires.

"It is a ridiculous reason. It is nonsensical. How could he value a human life so cheaply?

Sarah Everard's tragic last moments revealed…

  • A couple saw Sarah Everard being kidnapped by Wayne Couzens and assumed it was ‘undercover arrest’
  • Sarah Everard’s brave mum ‘haunted by the horror’ of daughter’s final hours as dad tells killer to face them in court
  • Wayne Couzens handcuffed & ‘arrested’ Sarah Everard in ‘fake Covid patrol’ to kidnap her off street before murder
  • Killer cop Wayne Couzens used his police belt to strangle Sarah Everard after luring her off street in fake arrest
  • Wayne Couzens took family on ‘day out’ to woods after burning Sarah Everard’s body and let kids play near her remains
  • Shocking CCTV shows moment Wayne Couzens lured Sarah Everard off street in staged fake Covid stop
  • Chilling moment Wayne Couzens bought Costa hot chocolate and bakewell tart after murdering Sarah Everard
  • Sarah Everard’s mum, dad and sister’s incredibly powerful and brave victim statements revealed in full

"I am incandescent with rage at the thought of it. He treated my daughter as if she was nothing and disposed of her as if she was rubbish.

"In her last hours she was faced with brutality and terror, alone with someone intent on doing her harm.

"The thought of it is unbearable. I am haunted by the horror of it."

She slammed Couzens for snuffing out her daughter’s life so soon, describing a feeling of loss "so great it is visceral".

Susan added: "I am repulsed by the thought of Wayne Couzens and what he did to Sarah.

"I am outraged that he masqueraded as a policeman in order to get what he wanted.

"He took her life and stole her future and we will never have the joy of sharing that future with her."

Sarah's dad ordered Couzens to face him as he told how he was unable to kiss his daughter goodbye.

'INCANDESCENT WITH RAGE'

Jeremy said the "horrendous" murder is on his mind "all the time and will be for the rest of my life".

Addressing Couzens directly, he added: "There is no redemption for what you have done, for taking Sarah away from us.

"You burnt our daughter’s body – you further tortured us – so that we could not see her again. We did not know whether you had burnt her alive or dead.

"You stopped us seeing Sarah for one last time and stopped me from giving my daughter one last kiss goodbye.

"Her body fell apart when she was moved. Her brain and neck bones were removed for months by the pathologist and her body was difficult to preserve so we had to use the services of a specialist embalmer to enable a dignified burial."

Cowardly Couzens couldn't even bear to face them as chilling CCTV showed him standing just feet away from marketing executive Sarah on the night of March 3.

The final time Sarah is seen alive is in the back of Couzens' rental car as she is driven to her death just five minutes after the predator pounced.

What followed was a terrifying 50-mile journey from London to Dover where Sarah – trapped by handcuffs and her seatbelt – was unable to escape.

Prosecutors say Sarah "must have realised her fate" during the “lengthy ordeal" that lead "inexorably to her rape and murder".

Sarah's death sparked vigils across the country and demands for action to tackle violence against women.

Thousands of women shared stories on social media about how they had been harassed while on the street and public transport.

Campaign group Reclaim These Streets was formed in the wake of Sarah's death with a vigil in Clapham Common attended by Kate Middleton.

The movement has continued in recent weeks following the killing of 28-year-old teacher Sabina Nessa in Kidbrooke, South East London.



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