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British policeman jailed for life for murder and rape of Sarah Everard


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British policeman jailed for life for murder and rape of Sarah Everard

The officer who killed British Sarah Everard (33) earlier this year has been sentenced to life in prison. A court in London found him guilty of kidnapping, raping and murdering the woman. The 48-year-old man, named Wayne Couzens, will never get a chance on parole.


Sarah went missing in London on March 3 after walking home in the evening after visiting a friend. A week later, her burned body was found in the woods, tens of miles away. An investigation revealed that she died of strangulation.

Couzens, then working as an agent in London, was arrested not long after the body was found. Only in June did he confess that he had indeed kidnapped and raped the woman. He pretended to arrest her to get her into the car, using his police ID and handcuffs.


The sentence Couzens received – life imprisonment with no minimum time or the possibility of parole – is very rare in the UK and is only given for exceptionally serious crimes. According to the UK Department of Justice, in June 2021 only 60 of the 7,000 people sentenced to ‘life’ with this sentence were in prison.


Sarah’s death sparked a stir in the UK and re-launched the conversation about violence against women in other countries. An Instagram post containing an app that reads “text me when you get home” went viral and women shared their own experiences on Twitter under the hashtag #SarahEverard.

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