The sadistic picturewho kidnapped, raped, and murdered a woman while walking home. The deeply-disturbing complete portrait of a sadistic rapist and killer has been unveiled after a former police officer to a crime that shocked the world.
On Friday, Wayne Couzens, 48, who served in the Metropolitan Police’s elite diplomatic protection unit, confessed to murdering 33-year-old London woman Sarah Everard at the Old Bailey court.
Everard went missing while walking home in south London on March 3. She had been visiting friends in the Clapham area and hadin nearby Brixton when she disappeared.
Her body was discovered a week later in woods some 80 kilometers away in Kent, southeast England.
Her disappearance led to vigils andpatrols at night and funding to make the streets safer for women.
In court via video link from a high-security prison, Couzens swapped the police uniform for khaki pants and a blue shirt. He bowed his head as he admitted to the killing.
Everard’s family sat in the court as Couzens entered his plea.
Because Couzens pleaded guilty, British newspapers are now free to publish content they previously could not run forreasons. The Sun newspaper revealed that colleagues in the Civil Nuclear Constabulary gave the married father-of-two the nickname The Rapist. He worked before the Metropolitan Police because “he gave women the creeps”.
The newspaper wrote that several women hadand that his guilty plea is “more chilling” to friends who thought he was “completely harmless”.
Other accusations published on Friday include that Couzens was suspected of “driving naked from the waist down” and “flashing twice within a few hours at a McDonald’s in Kent threebefore snatching Sarah”.
Shocking details of Everard’s murder have been revealed in court.
The Crown Prosecution Service lawyer Carolyn Oakley said Couzens “lied to the, and to date, refused to comment”. “We still do not what drove him to commit this appalling crime against a stranger,” she said. Couzens had just finished a 12-hour shift when he committed the crime. missing by her boyfriend.
Couzens had booked a hiredays before the murder, the court heard. from a passing bus appeared to capture when Couzens intercepted Everard in Balham, south London, as the pair stood by the hire car.
A post-mortem examination revealed Everard died from compression on her neck.
The arrest of a serving officer and the heavy-handed approach to dispersing a vigil in Everard’s honor — which contravened coronavirus rules — led to criticism over the culture within London’s Metropolitan Police force. A month later, two over inappropriate photographs believed to have been taken of two murdered sisters and later circulated with colleagues. The victims’ mother, Wilhelmina Smallman, accused the media and seriously because the sisters were not white.