Sarah Everard Wayne Couzens killer’s evil double life with escorts, fake dating profiles and £29,000 debt
To the outside world, Wayne Couzens was a respected police officer, husband and father.
But behind his mask was a monster whose sick perversions would take the life of beloved Sarah Everard after she wandered off on her way home.
Couzens was also thousands of pounds in debt and had a fake dating profile before he kidnapped, raped and killed the 33-year-old from York.
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The former Metropolitan Police officer had racked up £29,000 in debt and was in conflict over his pay scale.
He had also created a dating profile on match.com using false details about himself, including using the middle name Antony and saying he had no spouse, children and lived in Canterbury. He was also in contact with an escort with the username “escourtbabygirl”.
In reality, Couzens was married, had children and lived in Deal, Kent.
Horrifying details of how he kidnapped marketing executive Sarah on March 3 have now come to light during a two-day sentencing hearing at the Old Bailey.
The court heard how the sexual predator planned ahead by booking a rental car for 5pm on March 3 to 9.30am the following day.
He also purchased a roll of cling film advertised as a carpet protector on Amazon and handcuffs that were in the car at the time of Sarah’s abduction.
Prosecutor Tom Little QC said there was “no other credible explanation for his need to hire a car other than using that car to kidnap and rape a lone woman”.
“His movements were consistent with the defendant seeking or hunting a lonely young woman to kidnap and rape, which is precisely what he did,” he said.
Sarah was returning to a friend’s house in south London when he kidnapped her in a ‘fake arrest’ by ‘handcuffing her and showing her warrant card’.
The court heard that the prosecution could not determine the exact time he killed her.
However, Mr Little said she must have died around 2.30am when Couzens stopped at a Dover petrol station and bought some drinks.
He visited Hoads Wood near Ashford twice early in the morning, leaving just before sunrise.
The court heard he was due to return to the area later the next day twice.
At 8.15am on March 4, Couzens was captured on CCTV at a Costa cafe in Dover buying hot chocolate and a baked pie.
He then returned the Vauxhall hire car after driving just over 300 miles.
Later that morning, Couzens threw Sarah’s mobile phone into a canal in Sandwich, only to have it retrieved by a diver as part of a search for the waterway.
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On March 5, Couzens bought gasoline which he used to burn Sarah’s body in the woods, the court heard.
The following day, at 8.14 a.m., Couzens, wearing the same clothes as the previous evening, entered a Costa Coffee in Biggin Street, Dover, where he bought a coconut milk hot chocolate and a Bakewell Tart.
The court heard how Couzens “got home” and stayed there for the rest of the day.
The local dental practice called the defendant to reschedule a dental appointment scheduled for the following day.
He answered the call and was calm and accepting the inconveniences and rearranged it for March 26.
He also bought bags from B&Q in Dover to dispose of his body the next day.
The way he carried out these routine, monotonous acts knowing what he had done to Sarah is chilling.
He was heard by the court at 2.50pm on March 4, he returned to Hoads Wood where he remained for almost an hour.
“He had to move the badly burned body of Sarah Everard from where he had set it on fire, to the pond where she was later found.
“He did it using the two bags he bought from B&Q.”
The court heard how days later he took a family trip to Hoads Wood on March 7.
The prosecutor told the court: ‘He allowed his children to play in the woods near where he had dumped Sarah’s body in the pond.
Police identified Couzens from the rental car and quickly established that he was an on-duty officer.
Having gone to his home, the officers did not intervene to arrest him for two hours.
In the meantime, he wiped his phone and later, during an interview with the police, he concocted a false story that he had been “supported” by a gang to pick up girls.
Couzens worked in his father’s garage in Dover before joining Kent Special Constabulary at some point after 2002.
The court heard a colleague that year speak of ‘his attraction to rough sex pornography’, but Jim Sturman QC, defending, said it related to a single incident ‘which is now almost impossible to examine’ .
In July Couzens pleaded guilty to the murder, kidnapping and rape of Ms Everard and was subsequently sacked by the Met.
The police watchdog has previously said an investigation is underway into Kent Police’s alleged failures to investigate a flashing incident linked to Couzens in 2015.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is also investigating alleged failures by the Metropolitan Police to investigate two incidents of indecent exposure linked to Couzens in London in February this year.
He will be sentenced tomorrow at the Old Bailey in London.
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