The police officer who kidnapped Sarah Everard before raping and strangling her may be handed over for life when he is sentenced later today.
Wayne Cousins, 48, used a Metropolitan Police order card and handcuffs To kidnap a 33-year-old marketing manager As she returns home from a friend’s house in Clapham, south London, on the evening of March 3.
The firearms officer, who had finished a 12-hour shift at the US Embassy that morning, drove her to a secluded area near Dover in Kent before parking and raping her.
Cosine then cremated her body in a freezer in a woodland area he owned near Ashford, Kent, before dumping her remains into a nearby pond.
Amid widespread publicity about the search for Mrs. Everard, Cousins one day took his family into the woods where he took her body and allowed his two children to play near it.
When he was arrested at his home in a deal on March 9, he fabricated a story about being threatened by an Eastern European gang, but later pleaded guilty to the kidnapping, rape, and murder of Mrs. Everard.
as Mrs. Evard’s parents and sister condemned him at the start of his sentencing At the Old Bailey on Wednesday, he sat shivering on the dock with his head bowed.
Attorney General Tom Little QC argued that the case was so extraordinary and unprecedented that it could warrant a life sentence, which would see Alcosin die in prison.
Opening the case, he said that Ms. Everard’s disappearance was one of the most widely publicized investigations of missing persons the country had ever seen.
After her body was discovered a week later, it was summarized on social media with the hashtag “She was walking home,” which he said did not fully describe what had happened.
“While it is impossible to sum up what defendant Sarah Everard did in just five words, if it had to be done, it would be more appropriate to do it as deceit, kidnapping, rape, strangling, fire,” Mr Little said.
Lord Justice Fulford will issue his sentence later today.