Wayne Couzens, a 48-year-old policeman, was sentenced to life imprisonment, who after a false arrest order had kidnapped 33-year-old Sarah Everard in a residential area in London last March, and then raped and killed her. This was ruled by the Old Bailey Criminal Court in London in what was called a “brutal” murder.
The sentence imposed on Couzens provides for life imprisonment, without the possibility of release on the basis of the legal institution of parole. Judge Fulford said “undoubtedly Couzens used his position as a police officer” to commit the crime. This throws another stigma on Scotland Yard, which has repeatedly condemned what its official did. The Police Federation of England and Wales intervened immediately after the ruling calling Couzens “an absolute disgrace to the police service”. And again: “No sentence can ever alleviate the pain for Sarah’s family and friends or undo the terrible damage this disgusting man has caused.”