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UK police officer sentenced ‘to whole life order' over murder of woman

A former UK police officer who was charged with the murder of a 33-year-old woman has been sentenced to life in prison with a “whole life order” by a British court.

Wayne Couzens, 48, will spend all his life behind the bars after found guilty of kidnapping, rape and murder of Sarah Everard last March.

The sentencing came Thursday on the second day of the hearing.

Couzens used his police warrant card and handcuffs to stage an arrest before kidnapping the victim on March 3.

He then drove to Kent from London to rape before strangling her with his police belt and burning her body.

Couzens hired a car and bought adhesive tape before “hunting for a lone young female to kidnap and rape”, the prosecution told the court on Wednesday.

The former Metropolitan Police officer handcuffed her in the back seat of his car and “that was the start of her lengthy ordeal, including an 80-mile journey whilst detained which was to lead first to her rape and then her murder,” Tom Little QC told the court.


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