By Mia Stevens, Staff Reporter, The Pawprint
The former police officer Wayne Couzens, has admitted to the kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard. He abused his use of handcuffs and police identification to lure her into his car and put her under the impression that she had violated Covid-19 regulations.
Everard is a 33 year old marketing executive that went missing on March 3 around 2:30am after leaving a friend’s house. The details of the crime had been shared September 29th at Couzens’ hearing.
At Wednesday’s hearing Everard’s family was given the opportunity to speak on the event and confront Couzen on his actions. A statement made by Kate Everard, Sarah’s sister “You used your warrant card to trick my sister into your car. She sat in the car handcuffed for hours. What could she have thought she had done wrong? What lies did you tell her? When did she realize that she wasn’t going to survive the night? I’m constantly replaying in my head. “You get small nuggets of information and the thought process starts again … My only hope is that she was in a state of shock and that she wasn’t aware of the disgusting things being done to her by a monster”. Another statement to the court made by her mother Susan said her daughter “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 … He treated my daughter as if she was nothing and disposed of her as if she was rubbish. I am haunted by the horror of it.”
With the evidence it is approved that Couzens is due to be sentenced on Thursday. He is expected to receive a mandatory life sentence but the prosecution is looking to serve a whole life order, which is only served for exceptional cases and is guaranteed no possibility of parole.