Sarah Everard murder: a London police officer sentenced to life imprisonment

His crime had moved and shocked the UK. London policeman Wayne Couzens has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder in March of Sarah Everard, a 33-year-old woman, kidnapped, raped and then strangled. His burnt body was found a week later in a wood in Kent, in the south-east of England.

For London Police Chief Cressida Dick this man “threw shame” on the police:

“The police are there to protect people, to be trustworthy, courageous and compassionate. Wayne Couzens is the exact opposite of that.”

Sarah Everard’s murder happened in “particularly brutal circumstances” and touched a victim “totally irreproachable”, said the judge.

The young woman was returning from a dinner with friends lhen the police officer arrested her and then handcuffed her in the middle of the street on the grounds that she had violated confinement. CCTV footage allowed investigators to identify Wayne Couzens, a 48-year-old man, married and father of two.

After this murder thousands of women had confided their feeling of insecurity, calling on political leaders to act against violence against women.

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