Sarah Everard’s killer Wayne Couzens ‘will appeal life sentence’

Due to his guilty plea, the citizen cannot overturn the sentence but he can seek to have the tax lifted for life, meaning he could one day leave (Image: Getty Images/ PA Images)

The city ​​police The officer who murdered Sarah Everard is expected to be challenged for life in early May.

Wayne Couzens, 48, is expected to die behind bars after pleading guilty to kidnapping, raping and murdering the 33-year-old.

Firearms officer abducted Miss Everard as she walked home from a friend’s house in Clapham, south London, on the evening of March 3.

Dozens of people, who were ‘hunting’ for the victim, used his command card and handcuffs to arrest the marketing executive on the street using Covid lockdown rules to carry out a case. fake arrest.

The Court of Appeal confirmed that Citizen’s judgment appeal was submitted in October.

Now, a spokesman for the Office of Justice has said the hearing is likely to take place as early as May, adding that that date has not been set and is subject to change.

Life sentences are reserved for the most gruesome murders.

Lord Justice Fulford said Couzens’ ‘use of his police post’ to kidnap the 33-year-old was the justification for imposing the order.

A sketch shows the moment convicted Wayne Couzens spent the rest of his life in prison (Image: PA)

He said the circumstances of the case were ‘cruel, tragic and utterly brutal’.

Ms Everard’s murder has sent shockwaves across the country, questioning the safety of women – or the lack thereof – and shedding light on the conduct of The Met.

The judge said: ‘The abuse of the role of a police officer as has occurred in this case to kidnap, rape and kill a lone victim is equivalent in severity to a homicide because political, religious or ideological purposes. “

There are only about 60 prisoners on life sentences in the UK, the most severe punishment available to judges.

This is the first time the sentence has been applied to a murder of an adult that was not committed in a terrorist attack.

Netizens have joined infamous names like Levi Bellfield, Ian Brady and Jo Cox killer Thomas Mair in jail indefinitely.

Since he pleaded guilty, his sentence cannot be overturned but he can seek to have the lifetime tax lifted, meaning he will one day be free to apply for a pardon.

Life sentences are usually reserved for serial killers, those who kidnap and brutally kill children, terrorists, and those who kill police or prison officers.

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