Former Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens, 48, pleaded guilty to murdering Sarah Everard, using Covid powers to falsely arrest the 33-year-old – now the killer has lodged an appeal
Wayne Couzens is seeking permission to appeal against his whole-life term for the murder of Sarah Everard.
The Met Police officer used Covid powers to falsely arrest Sarah, 33, as she walked home from a friend’s house in March.
Handing down a whole-life sentence at the Old Bailey last month, Lord Justice Fulford said Couzens “used his position as a police officer” to kidnap Sarah in Clapham, South London.
A court official said on Tuesday: “We have been notified that an appeal has been lodged by Mr Couzens.”
If permission is granted the case will be heard by the Court of Appeal Criminal Division.
Couzens, 48, pleaded guilty to the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah.
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Couzens is one of over 60 criminals serving whole-life sentences.
They are reserved for the most serious crimes such as serial killings and politically motivated murders.
Lord Justice Fulford said by misusing his police role to kidnap, rape and murder Sarah, his crime was “of equal seriousness as a murder carried out for the purpose of advancing a political, religious, racial or ideological cause”.
Couzens joins infamous killers such as Lee Rigby’s murderer Michael Adebolajo, police officer killer Dale Cregan and Mark Bridger, who murdered five-year-old April Jones.
Moors murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley also got whole-life orders.
Serial killer Levi Bellfield is unique in being given two.