WAYNE Couzens received a taxpayer-funded salary for three MONTHS after killing and raping Sarah Everard.
The ailing killer who raped, murdered and then burned the 33-year-old woman has always been paid a salary from the Met Police in the months leading up to his confession to his heinous crimes.
Met police said Couzens only stopped receiving his officer’s salary after pleading guilty to raping and murdering Sarah on July 9.
But the disgusting crimes took place on March 3 – meaning the killer continued to collect money from his taxpayer-funded work for three months.
Couzens was an officer in the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command, where the average salary is over Â£ 37,000 a year.
He used the guise of a Covid patrol to trap Sarah Everard and put handcuffs on her, put her in the back of a car, before raping her and strangling her with his police belt.
Met Police said, âCouzens stopped being paid as a police officer immediately after his guilty plea.
“It was as soon as legally possible. The MPS held an expedited hearing following his guilty plea. He was fired on July 16.”
Sarah Everard’s family cried yesterday when the depraved cop who raped and murdered her in a false arrest learned he would die behind bars.
Couzens had been prowling the dark streets in search of prey when he saw the tragic victim returning from a friend’s house in Clapham, south west London.
The Met police officer, who wore a police belt later used to strangle Sarah, then produced his warrant card as he pricked her in a false arrest.
Couzens today joined the sinister ranks of criminals in the UK who will die behind bars after receiving a lifetime tariff.
Lord Justice Fulford imposed the rare order, which only 61 criminals in the UK have, as he abused his police position.
There were tears and sighs of relief from Sarah’s family as Couzens became the first British cop to receive the sentence.
They then released a statement saying “nothing can bring Sarah back” describing the “overwhelming pain” of losing her.
In passing sentence, the judge said: âThe abuse of the role of a police officer like the one that occurred in this case to kidnap, rape and murder a single victim is of equal gravity. to murder for the purpose of advancing an ideological political and religious cause. . “
He praised Sarah’s family, whose court statements revealed the human impact of “the offense twisted, selfish and brutal, both sexual and homicidal.”
The judge said: “Sarah Everard was an utterly blameless victim of a series of grotesquely executed circumstances which resulted in her death and the elimination of her body. She was simply walking home.”
He recounted how Couzens spent a month traveling from his home in Deal, Kent, to London while hatching a macabre plan to “hunt a lonely woman to kidnap and rape her”.
Lord Justice Fulford added: “Sarah Everard’s state of mind and what she had to endure would have been as dark and agonizing as one can imagine.”
Sarah’s heartbreaking final moments were first revealed at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.
Her tormented parents, Susan and Jeremy, were forced to witness the grim details of her death as they bravely stood up to face her killer.
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Along with Sarah’s sister, Katie, they read powerful statements revealing the nature of her murder, which meant they couldn’t even have a final farewell kiss.