The family of Sarah Everard is’relieved’ that her killer, Wayne Couzens, will die in prison.
SARAH’S devastated family expressed their “relief” yesterday as Wayne Couzens was sentenced to death in prison, claiming that the world will be “a safer place” with the killer behind bars for the rest of his life.
Their comments came after Lord Justice Fulford issued a landmark decision, ordering the nasty former cop to serve the rest of his life in prison for the “warped, selfish, and savage” murder. Couzens dropped his head and shook slightly as the judge told him that his “grotesque” offenses, which he did while on the job, rendered the case “exceptionally high” and required the maximum term permitted.
“There was extensive planning and premeditation; the victim was abducted; there was the most serious sexual behavior,” Justice Fulford stated.
Even defense barrister Jim Sturman QC, who urged for a minimum sentence of 35 to 37 years, called the crimes “wicked.”
“We are very glad that Wayne Couzens has received a complete life sentence…knowing he will be imprisoned for the rest of his life offers some peace,” Sarah’s relatives remarked.
They further stated: “We are shocked and sickened that Wayne Couzens exploited his position of trust as a police officer in order to lure Sarah to her death. With him behind bars, the world is a safer place.” When Couzens kidnapped, raped, and strangled Sarah after wrongfully arresting her, Lord Justice Fulford said he breached the public’s “essential trust” in the police.
“It is vital that every subject in this country can trust and submit to police officers when they face them,” he told the killer.
Couzens’ crimes, according to Mr Sturman, did not warrant a life sentence, which is usually reserved for serial murders, repeat murderers, zealots, and terrorists.
However, the judge stated: “The kidnapping, rape, and murder of a lone victim by a police officer, as happened in this case, is just as heinous as a murder committed for the purpose of advancing a political, religious, ethnic, or ideological cause.
“All of these situations target distinct portions of our democratic way of life’s essential basis.”
The judge commended the police after Couzens was escorted to the Old Bailey cells. Officers hugged Sarah’s parents, Jeremy and Susan.
The family expressed their gratitude to the police and prosecution counsel, saying they were “very appreciative.”
“We recall all the great things about Sarah’s compassion,” they continued. Brinkwire Summary News “..