After the rape and killing of Sarah Everard former cop Wayne Couzens was recorded at a service station treating himself to a Costa hot chocolate and a bakewell tart
In chilling footage Wayne Couzens was captured buying a Costa hot chocolate and a bakewell tart after the murder of Sarah Everard.
After the rape and killing of the 33-year-old the former cop was recorded at a service station treating himself to refreshments in the early hours.
At his sentencing hearing on Wednesday prosecutors said they could not pinpoint the exact time Ms Everard was killed.
But prosecutor Tom Little said that she must have been dead by around 2.30am when Couzens pulled into a Dover service station and bought drinks.
He visited Hoads Wood near Ashford twice during in the early morning, leaving just before sunrise.
The court heard he was to return to the area later the following day two more times.
At 8.15am on March 4, Couzens was captured on CCTV in a Costa Coffee shop in Dover buying a hot chocolate and bakewell tart.
He went on to return the Vauxhall hire car having driven just over 300 miles.
Later that morning, Couzens threw Ms Everard’s mobile phone into a channel at Sandwich, only for it to be retrieved by a diver as part of a search of the waterway.
On March 5, Couzens bought petrol which he used to burn Ms Everard’s body in the woods, the court heard.
The Old Bailey was told Ms Everard was deceived by Couzens as she made her way home from a friend’s house on March 3 this year.
She vanished as she walked through Clapham in south London after Couzens had been driving around the city.
Married dad-of-two Couzens spent hours driving around west and south London before targeting his victim.
Detectives believe he used the pandemic as an excuse to ‘detain’ his victim as she walked along the street. He spent weeks planning the crime and booked a hire car to use in the kidnap three days before abducting Sarah.
Sarah’s family came face-to-face with Couzens for the first time as they sat in the well of a packed court.
Her father told Couzens to look at him as he read out his heartbreaking victim impact statement to the court.
Jeremy Everard said: “The horrendous murder of my daughter, Sarah, is in my mind all the time and will be for the rest of my life.
“A father wants to look after his children and fix everything and you have deliberately and with premeditation stopped my ability to do that.”