Wayne Couzens was given the harshest sentence by the British system. He also received the fate of his 33 year-old victim. Couzens had shown his professional card and handcuffed her in the middle street before removing the card. The police were under pressure after this case. They are accused of being blind to the background of the officer.
This case had triggered a flood in testimonies by women in the United Kingdom about their insecurity. A 48-year-old officer in police was sentenced to life imprisonment this Thursday, September 30, for the March rape-and-murder of Sarah Everard in London.
Wayne Couzens was sentenced to a life sentence. Pardon is only possible on humanitarian grounds. It is the most severe sentence under the British system. It is a reflection on the fear of the victim, who was 33 years old and was handcuffed in the street as she walked home after a meal with friends. As a pretext to a breach in confinement, his body, which had been burned in a wood one week later, was also handed down.
Judge Adrian Fulford, a judge at the Old Bailey Criminal Court in London announced his verdict. He pointed out that the murder took place in “Particularly harsh circumstances”He had touched a victim “Totally irreproachable.”.
He claimed that the accused was a married father of two children and had fled. “Hunt only a woman to kidnap or rape her”And he must have realized this. “Might be necessary to kill her”.
Wayne Couzens admitted to being responsible for the kidnapping of Sarah Everard to three Eastern European men.
On Wednesday, Tom Little the Prosecutor explained that Wayne Couzens presented his business card, then handcuffed the young lady, who was walking back from Clapham to her home. After this “False arrest”He had raped her, and then strangled her with the belt. His body was found in a wood in Kent (southeast England) seven days after his disappearance, just meters from Wayne Couzens’ land.
Investigators were able to capture CCTV footage and identify the officer at his Kent home in Deal.
The victim’s family stated that they were relieved at the harsh sentence and said that it was a relief. “The world is safer without [Couzens]Prison “.
“There are no words to adequately describe the horror of Sarah’s murder.”Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, reacted on Thursday via Twitter. He also condemned a “Total betrayal by duty”Policist
Following the murder, thousands of women felt insecure and called on politicians to stop violence against women.
Since then, the government has announced new measures that were deemed disappointing to associations. Despite an increase in complaints, rape convictions in recent years have declined.
“This man made a mockery of the Met.”“, stated London Police Chief Cressida Dick. “Frankly speaking we have been shaken up as an organisation”. Cressida Dick, who was targeted by calls to resignation, acknowledged that one “Bonds and trust were broken”. Stating that she “Would continue working”Priti Patel, Minister of Interior, spoke with the London Police Chief. However, she warned that the institution must respond. “Serious questions”.