Moment killer cop stopped Sarah Everard on street

This is the chilling moment  was pictured handcuffed in the back of killer cop Wayne Couzens’ hire car before he drove her 80 miles to her death – when ‘she must have realised her fate,’ a court heard.

Couzens stopped Miss Everard on the street and used Covid laws as a ploy to ‘arrest’ the marketing executive and force her into his rental car before raping and strangling her to death in a sickening five-hour ordeal.

Footage taken from a passing dashcam shows the 33-year-old stood on a pavement on Poynders Road in Clapham as Couzens, who was wearing handcuffs on his police belt, speaks to her. 

She was then driven for two hours to Dover where he forcibly moved her from the hire car into his own black Seat before continuing along remote back roads to Hoad’s Wood where he raped her, strangled her with his belt and stashed her body in a fridge.

Earlier that night, he spent two hours driving through central and south – prowling Kensington, Lavender Hill and Earls Court for a lone young woman to abduct – before stalking Miss Everard and stopping next to her.  

The twisted Met Protection Officer can be seen producing his warrant card as he claimed Miss Everard had breached Covid restrictions.

Couzens then cuffed her hands behind her back, leaving her incapable of undoing the seatbelt he strapped around her after ordering her into the back of his rental car. 

As the depraved killer watched in the Old Bailey with his head bowed, Miss Everard’s family heard in horrific detail how Miss Everard spent her final hours before the serving Metropolitan Police officer raped and murdered her, and then burned her body in a pre-meditated attack that was weeks in the planning. 

Her mother Susan told the Old Bailey: ‘Sarah died in horrendous circumstances.I am tormented at the thought of what she endured. 

‘I play it out in my mind. I go through the terrible sequence of events. I wonder when she realized she was in mortal danger; I wonder what her murderer said to her. When he strangled her, for how long was she conscious, knowing she would die?It is torture to think of it. Sarah was handcuffed.’

Her father Jeremy added: ‘Sarah was handcuffed and unable to defend herself. This preys on my mind all the time.

It coincided with a string of increasingly sick behaviour which saw the married father-of-two flashing two women in McDonald’s across two separate incidents. 

Witnesses later described how Miss Everard – who had spent the evening at a friend’s house sharing a bottle of wine – appeared ‘compliant’ with her ‘head down’ as the ‘confident-looking’ officer made what seemed to be a late-night arrest at the height of lockdown in March.

CCTV footage captured by a passing bus showed Miss Everard in the back seat of Couzens’ hire car after she was falsely ‘arrested’. 

Couzens, who lied to his family about working a night shift that evening, then drove Miss Everard 80 miles to a remote stretch of road in his home county of Kent. Prosecutor Tom Little QC said: ‘She must have realised her fate.’ 

Couzens sitting in the front seat of the hire car, after he falsely 'arrested' Miss Everard (who is seated in the back) outside Poynders Court on Poynders Road, Clapham

Couzens sitting in the front seat of the hire car, after he falsely ‘arrested’ Miss Everard (who is seated in the back) outside Poynders Court on Poynders Road, Clapham

CCTV footage of Miss Everard captured earlier on the night she was kidnapped in March, sparking a nationwide hunt

CCTV footage of Miss Everard captured earlier on the night she was kidnapped in March, sparking a nationwide hunt

Quizzed by police, Couzens (pictured in handcuffs) lied that he had been 'leant on' by an Eastern European gang who threatened to harm his family if he did not agree to pick up a woman

Quizzed by police, Couzens (pictured in handcuffs) lied that he had been ‘leant on’ by an Eastern European gang who threatened to harm his family if he did not agree to pick up a woman

Footage the 33-year-old stood on the pavement with Couzens moments before he kidnapped her. Miss Everard is beneath the yellow arrow while Couzens' arrow is purple

Footage the 33-year-old stood on the pavement with Couzens moments before he kidnapped her.Miss Everard is beneath the yellow arrow while Couzens’ arrow is purple

The deranged Met Protection Officer, who was wearing his police belt containing handcuffs, can be seen producing his warrant card as he claimed Miss Everard had breached Covid restrictions

The deranged Met Protection Officer, who was wearing his police belt containing handcuffs, can be seen producing his warrant card as he claimed Miss Everard had breached Covid restrictions

Miss Everard’s devastated family listened from the public gallery as the Old Bailey heard harrowing details of how Couzens took her to a rural area and raped her, before later being seen buying Lucozade and other drinks from BP station with her body in boot, after she was believed to have been murdered.

Couzens, 48, prepared for the abduction by buying a rental car and a sheet of film from Amazon

Couzens, 48, prepared for the abduction by buying a rental car and a sheet of film from Amazon

Distressing details of the timeline suggest Miss Everard could have been alive for more than four hours in the back of Couzens’ car.She was snatched off the street by 9.30pm and when the killer pulled into the garage at 2.30am, Sarah is thought to have been in his boot, already dead. 

The court heard he confessed to a psychiatrist that he had strangled Miss Everard with his belt, and the prosecution said her injuries were consistent with ones that would have been caused by his police belt.

Couzens – who had prepared for the abduction by buying a rental car and a sheet of film from Amazon – hid her body inside a fridge in a patch of rubbish-strewn woodland before torching it. 

Footage released by police showed the moment Couzens rented the car he would go on to use to prowl the streets of London for almost two hours before picking up Miss Everard.

The CCTV clip showed Couzens calmly laughing with a female attendant.He joked ‘you’ve put me on the spot’ while trying to remember his phone number as she took his details.

He went on to visit a Tesco store in west London to buy a pack of 14 hairbands just an hour before Miss Everard was abducted on March 3, before making further trips to a B&Q two days after Miss Everard is believed to have been killed.He also visited a Homebase in Folkestone on the morning of Monday, March 8.

CCTV footage showed the moment he went on to visit a BP garage in Dover on Friday, March 5 to buy painkillers online and fill a petrol canister – believed to have been used to burn Miss Everard’s body. 

Just days after the murder, the father-of-two took his wife and children on a family trip and allowed the youngsters to play near a pond where he had dumped Miss Everard’s remains, the prosecution said.

CCTV footage (pictured) captured by a passing bus showed Miss Everard in the back seat of Couzens' hire car after she was falsely 'arrested'

CCTV footage (pictured) captured by a passing bus showed Miss Everard in the back seat of Couzens’ hire car after she was falsely ‘arrested’

Couzens sat in the drivers' seat of the hire car after buckling up Miss Everard's seatbelt in the back

Couzens sat in the drivers’ seat of the hire car after buckling up Miss Everard’s seatbelt in the back

Quizzed by police, he lied that he had been ‘leant on’ by an Eastern European gang who threatened to harm his family if he did not agree to pick up a woman and hand her over to the occupants of a van near Maidstone.

Taken to Wandsworth Police Station, he repeatedly tried to self-harm by banging his head on a sink and running into a wall, and was put under constant watch before appearing in court. 

Today, Miss Everard’s family and friends gave victim impact statements to the Old Bailey.Her father, Jeremy Everard, demanded Couzens look at him while he was giving his testimony. 

The Old Bailey heard horrific details of the serving police officer’s deceit and Sarah’s final hours before she was raped, murdered and burned in a pre-meditated attack that was weeks in the planning: 

  • Prosecution say five words summarise what PC Wayne Couzens did to Sarah Everard: ‘Deception, kidnap, rape, strangulation, fire’; 
  • Friends in Deal said Couzens was regularly seen wearing his police belt with handcuffs and pepper spray, when not on duty, and he lied that he was an undercover police officer;
  • In December 2020 he joined Match.com and said he had no wife and children. He also signed up to an escort agency; 
  • In January 2021, Couzens worked on COVID patrols and ‘used this knowledge’ to kidnap his victim, who he stopped after doing laps of west and south-west London on the night of March 3, 2021;
  • On February 10 he bought a ‘police standard issue handcuff key with double locking pin’ from Amazon, which he used on his police-issue cuffs to detain Sarah Everard and force her into his hire car;
  • On February 28, Couzens booked a hire car online from Enterprise and ordered a 100m roll of carpet protector film from Amazon, used to line the boot where he eventually kept Sarah’s body;
  • He had told his wife that he was working a night shift when he grabbed Sarah – in fact he was off duty and cruising the streets looking for a victim;
  • A couple driving past witnessed the kidnapping.

    Couzens using his warrant card and handcuffs to make a false arrest. They believed she had ‘done something wrong’ so didn’t intervene;  

  • A former boyfriend said Sarah was ‘extremely intelligent, savvy and streetwise’ and would never get into a stranger’s vehicle ‘unless by force or by manipulation’, which is exactly what Couzens did; 
  • Sarah was driven 80 miles to the Kent coast, where she was raped and murdered after a five-hour ordeal; 
  • In 2019 Wayne Couzens bought plot of woodland in Hoads Wood near Ashford.

    He bragged it was ‘perfect for day trips’ – but it’s where he burned Sarah’s body and dumped it in bags in shallow water; 

  • Couzens took his family on a trip to the woods where he burned Miss Everard’s body – allowing his children to play near where it was dumped;
  • Phoned vet to arrange for an appointment to see his dog and handed in his Met Police firearms licence; 
  • Lied about being forced to ‘pick up a girl’ by an Eastern European gang who threatened his family;
  • Admits to killing her with his belt – with prosecution saying injuries were consistent with his police belt;
  • Couzens repeatedly self-harmed in his cell, as police divers found Miss Everard’s phone in the River Stour; 
  • Miss Everard’s father demanded killer ‘look me in the face’, mother said she was ‘haunted’ by murder and sister called Couzens ‘a monster’;
  • Court also heard how Couzens was ‘attracted to brutal sexual pornography’ 

    Fake arrest ‘for breaking lockdown rules’ used to kidnap Miss Everard as she walked home from a friend’s house

    Wayne Couzens accused Sarah Everard of breaking lockdown rules to make a ‘fake arrest’, the Old Bailey heard today. 

    The policeman used his handcuffs and warrant card to snatch Miss Everard as she walked home from visiting a friend in Clapham, south London, on the evening of March 3.

    The sexual predator, who had clocked off from a 12-hour shift that morning, went on to rape and strangle the 33-year-old marketing executive before setting fire to her body.

    A week after she disappeared, Miss Everard’s remains were found in a woodland stream in Ashford, Kent, just yards from land owned by Couzens.

    Couzens' car is seen driving along Cavendish Road at 9.32pm, just minutes before he pulled over and stopped Miss Everard

    Couzens’ car is seen driving along Cavendish Road at 9.32pm, just minutes before he pulled over and stopped Miss Everard 

    Miss Everard was taken out of the hire car and forced into Couzens' own car (pictured) in a switch made at 11.30pm on North Military Road in Dover, Kent

    Miss Everard was taken out of the hire car and forced into Couzens’ own car (pictured) in a switch made at 11.30pm on North Military Road in Dover, Kent

    CCTV taken at 5.52pm on March 3 showed Miss Everard walking along Craster Road in Brixton, south London

    CCTV showed Miss Everard walking along Craster Road in Brixton, south London

    CCTV taken at 5.52pm on March 3 showed Miss Everard walking along Craster Road in Brixton, south London

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