British cop Wayne Couzens was on Thursday sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars for raping and murdering Sarah Everard after snatching her off a London street.
Serving London officer Couzens, 48, had already pleaded guilty to murder, rape and kidnapping — and his whole-life sentence means he is never allowed to get parole.
The cop — who guarded diplomatic premises — abducted Everard, 33, on March 3 after stopping her and handcuffing her on the pretext that she broke COVID-19 lockdown rules, his sentencing hearing was told.
He then bundled her, with her disappearance while walking home from a friend’s house in south London quickly sparking a national reckoning on women’s safety.
Everard’s body was later found in woodland in Kent, about 50 miles south of where she’d been snatched. A post-mortem concluded she had died as a result of compression of the neck.
He was sentenced at London’s Old Bailey court after a two-day hearing in which Everard’s family confronted him over the devastation he caused by his shocking crime.
The Metropolitan Police Force, which both investigated the murder and for whom Couzens worked, has also said it was “sickened, angered and devastated” by his crimes.
Britain’s police watchdog is looking into police failures to investigate an indecent exposure incident linked to Couzens in 2015, and two further such allegations in February this year.
With Post wires