The perverted double life of Sarah Everard’s killer Wayne Couzens with escorts, fake dating profiles and £ 29,000 in debt
To the outside world, Wayne Couzens was a respected policeman, husband and father.
But behind her mask was a monster whose sick perversions would kill beloved Sarah Everard after she got lost in her path on her way home.
Couzens was also in debt thousands of pounds and had a fake dating profile before kidnapping, raping and killing 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 did not have a spouse, children and lived in Canterbury. He was also in contact with an escort whose pseudonym was “escourtbabygirl”.
In fact, Couzens was married, had children, and lived in Deal, Kent.
Horrific details of how he kidnapped Marketing Director Sarah on March 3 have 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 5 p.m. on March 3 to 9:30 a.m. the next day.
He also purchased a roll of sticker film advertised as a carpet protector on Amazon and handcuffs that were in the car when Sarah was kidnapped.
Prosecutor Tom Little QC said there was “no other credible explanation for his need to rent a car other than to use that car to kidnap and rape a single woman.”
“His movements were consistent with the fact that the accused was looking for or chasing a young woman alone to kidnap and rape, which he did precisely,” he said.
Sarah was walking home from a friend in south London when he kidnapped her in a “false arrest” by “handcuffing her and showing her her warrant card.”
The court heard that the prosecution could not determine the exact time he had killed her.
However, Mr Little said she must have died around 2:30 a.m. when Couzens went to a Dover gas station and bought drinks.
He visited Hoads Wood near Ashford twice early in the morning, leaving just before sunrise.
The court heard that he was due to return to the area later the next day on two occasions.
At 8:15 a.m. on March 4, Couzens was caught on CCTV at a Costa cafe in Dover buying a hot chocolate and baked pie.
He then returned the Vauxhall rental car after driving just over 300 miles.
Later that morning, Couzens threw Sarah’s cell phone into a canal in Sandwich, only to be 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 next day at 8:14 a.m. Couzens, wearing the same clothes as the day before, walked into a Costa Coffee in Biggin Street, Dover, where he bought a hot coconut milk chocolate and a Bakewell pie.
The court heard how Couzens “got home” and stayed there for the rest of the day.
The local dental office called the defendant to schedule a dental appointment for the next day.
He answered the call and was calm and accepted the inconvenience and rearranged it for March 26th.
He also bought bags from B&Q in Dover to dispose of his body the next day.
The way he carried out these routine and mundane acts knowing what he had done to Sarah is frightening.
The court heard at 2:50 p.m. on March 4, he returned to Hoads Wood where he stayed for nearly an hour.
“He must have moved Sarah Everard’s badly burned body from where it had set fire to the pond where she was later found.
“He did it using the two bags he bought from B&Q.”
The court heard that a few days later he had visited Hoads Wood with his family on March 7.
The prosecutor told the court: “He allowed his children to play in the nearby woods relatively close to where he dumped Sarah’s body in the pond.”
Police identified Couzens from the rental car and quickly established that he was a police officer on duty.
After arriving at his home, the officers did not come to arrest him for two hours.
During this time, he wiped his phone down and later, in an interview with the police, he concocted a false story that a gang had “relied” on girls to pick up.
Couzens worked in his father’s garage in Dover before joining the Kent Special Police after 2002.
The court heard a colleague that year speak of “his attraction to brutal sexual pornography,” but defending Jim Sturman QC said it was a single incident “that it is almost impossible to examine now ”.
In July, Couzens pleaded guilty to the murder, kidnapping and rape of Ms Everard and was subsequently fired by the Met.
The police watchdog previously said an investigation was underway into Kent Police’s alleged failures to investigate a flash 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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