The former British police officer who raped and murdered Sarah Everard in March abducted his victim, using his Metropolitan Police-issued warrant card to make a fake COVID-19 arrest, a court has heard.
Everard, a 33-year-old marketing executive, was on her way home after having dinner at a friend’s house in Clapham, south London, on the evening of March 3, when she was abducted by then-shots officer Wayne Coozens.
The 48-year-old has pleaded guilty to kidnapping, rape and murder, and faces a possible full life sentence when sentenced by Lord Justice Fulford on Thursday.
On Wednesday, when prosecutor Tom Little QC opened the case in front of a packed courtroom with Everard’s family, Cousins bowed his head and sat in the courtroom.
Little said Couzens would know what language to use for those violating the CCP’s (Communist Party of China) virus restrictions as he worked on uniformed COVID-19 patrols in late January to enforce emergency rules. did.
“The fact that she went to a friend’s house for dinner in early 2021, the lockdown made her more vulnerable and more likely to allege that she violated COVID rules in some way. worked in,” Little told Court.
CCTV footage played in court showed Couzens raising his left hand, holding the warrant card, before handcuffing Everard and putting it in the back of the car.
Little said a couple passing in a car said they saw a woman placing her left hand behind her back and were in the process of “giving her other hand behind her back”, as a man in black clothing had handcuffed her, thinking the woman “must have done something wrong” and was being arrested by an undercover officer.
“They were actually looking into the kidnapping of Sarah Everard. She was fraudulently detained,” the prosecutor said.
The court heard that Everard was handcuffed at approximately 9:34 p.m., detained in Couzens’ rented car until 9:37 p.m., and a minute later Couzens began driving to Kent.
The hired vehicle was captured on CCTV in Dover, Kent just after 11:30 p.m., when Cousins transferred his victim to his car.
Couzens then drove to a remote countryside northwest of Dover, which he knew very well where he had parked, and raped Everard and strangled her with his police belt.
The court heard that before returning the rented vehicle, Couzens bought a hot chocolate and tart at 8:15 a.m. on March 4. He inserted Everard’s phone into a channel in downtown Sandwich before bringing in petrol to burn the body a day later.
The Couzens burned Everard’s body, clothing, and property inside a refrigerator, and carried her remains to a pond, where she was later found.
Amid widespread publicity about Everard’s disappearance on March 7, he took his family for a day outside in the woods, allowing his two children to play nearby.
In an emergency police interview, Couzens falsely claimed that he was forced to take a woman and hand her over to a gang after being involved in “financials”. [expletive]”
On March 13, when gatherings were still banned under CCP virus rules, a public vigil for the Met Everard clashed with mourners and demonstrators, leading to protests in several cities.
The Met released a statement Wednesday ahead of the court hearing, saying officers are “sick, angry and devastated” by Coozen’s crimes “who betray everything”. [they] stand for.”
“Our thoughts are with Sarah’s family and many of her friends. It is not possible for us to imagine what they are going through,” the statement read.
“We recognize that his actions raise many questions and concerns, but we will not comment further until the hearing is complete.”
PA contributed to this report.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times