During his sentencing today, September 29, the court heard that Wayne Couzens took his family on a trip to the same site where he left Sarah Everard’s body.
The former Metropolitan Police officer pleaded guilty to the murder of the 33-year-old in July, following her death in March.
A two-day sentencing began today at the Old Bailey, where it was revealed that Couzens visited Hoad’s Wood with his family just days after he had left Everard‘s remains there.
In the sentencing today, prosecutor Tom Little said that prior to the trip with his family, on March 6, Couzens made a ‘number’ of purchases from Amazon, Sky News reports.
Couzens reportedly ordered a bungee cargo net and a blue tarpaulin sheet, which were set to be delivered the next day.
On March 7, Couzens stopped off at the same petrol station he had gone to after he raped, kidnapped and murdered Everard, on his way to the woods with his wife and two children.
It follows that the defendant took his family on a family trip to the very woods where days earlier he had left Sarah Everard’s body, then returned to burn it and then returned again to move it and hide it.
While his children were playing ‘in relatively close proximity’, Little explained that Couzens must have ‘moved Sarah Everard’s heavily burnt body from where he had set fire to it, to the pond where she was subsequently found’, using the items he had bought the day before.
A witness previously stated they had seen a ‘large orange and yellow flame’ in the woods located in Kent, at around 12.45pm on March 5.
According to Little, this sighting is ‘consistent with the location where the defendant burnt Sarah Everard’s body, clothing and possessions using the petrol he had purchased earlier that day’.
Couzens had been off work at the time, telling his supervisor via email that he didn’t feel able to ‘carry firearms’. He was subsequently placed on leave for five days.
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