Monday, 6 Dec 2021

Sarah Everard killer ‘dreamed of being a star’ and auditioned for gangster films

Pals of killer former police officer Wayne Couzens revealed that he once wanted to become a film star and had even auditioned for a role in a low-budget gangster movie.

The 48-year-old ex-Met Police officer admitted to murdering marketing Sarah Everard having previously pleaded guilty to her rape and kidnap earlier this year.

He lied when questioned by police, saying that an Eastern European gang had 'forced him' to kidnap Sarah, and he has so far refused to tell the detective why he killed the 33-year-old.

England's police watchdog is probing claims that Kent Police failed to investigate an incident of indecent exposure in 2015, as well as allegations the Met Police failed to probe two claims of indecent exposure days before Ms Everard was killed.

Former friends have revealed that in 2009, when he was a special constable, he tried to get a role in a gangster film.

But he turned it down after being offered a minor supporting role, The Sun reports.

As a young man he dreamed of becoming a rock star, and was nicknamed Jonny Rotten because of his ginger hair, it has been claimed.

One old friend said: "He was always a bit strange, he never said much. But he was still a very nice guy, completely harmless. It makes this all even more chilling and mystifying.”

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Prosecutor Tom Little QC told the court: “Before the defendant kidnapped Sarah Everard on the South Circular on March 3 this year, he had not previously met her, he did not know her and had no direct or indirect contact with her.

“They were total strangers to each other.”

The court heard that investigators are still analysing scientific evidence relating to Couzens’s own car, into which he transferred Sarah from the hire car he used to kidnap her.

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Jim Sturman QC, defending, said: “His pleas today represents a truly guilty plea and remorse for what he did and, as he put it to us this morning, he will bear the burden for the rest of his life – his words: ‘as I deserve’.”

Speaking of the probe into the murder, Lord Justice Fulford said: “This has been a mammoth investigation which has produced some very significant results in terms of being able to understand what happened.”

He set a two-day sentencing from September 29 for a murder that caused shock and outrage across the UK.

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Couzens, who had clocked off from a 12-hour shift, abducted Sarah in a hire car as she walked home from a friend's house in Clapham, south London, at around 9pm on March 3.

She spent time chatting with her boyfriend Josh Lowth by mobile phone on the way. He reported her missing the following day after she failed to return to her home in Brixton.

After snatching Sarah off the street, Couzens went on to rape and strangle her, and dump her body in a builder's bag 70 miles from Clapham.

It can now be reported that the firearms-trained parliamentary and diplomatic protection officer made several trips to the area in the days after the murder.

He had made a number of purchases on Amazon after the killing including a roll of self adhesive plastic, a tarpaulin and a bungee cargo net.

Couzens, who joined the Met Police in 2018, was also seen at B&Q two days after the murder buying two rubble sacks.

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