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Wayne Couzens appeals a life sentence | Wayne Couzens

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Wayne Couzens, sentenced to life for the kidnapping, rape and murder of Sarah Everard, is asking for a reduction in sentence, the appeals court confirmed.

Couzens, 48, received the rare life sentence in September because his crimes led him to abuse his job as a Metropolitan Police officer to kidnap Everard, 33, from a London street in March.

The imposition by the judge, Lord Justice Fulford, of a life sentence for the murder of a single person when terrorism was not a factor, established a new legal basis.

Couzens kidnapped, raped and murdered Everard, and ultimately confessed. He burned his body in an attempt to cover up his crimes, which Everard’s family say added to their angst.

Couzens’ request to file an appeal is expected to widely argue that even though his crimes were serious, they did not deserve a lifetime tariff.

Sarah Everard.
Sarah Everard was kidnapped from a London street in March. Photograph: Metropolitan Police / Reuters

An official from the Criminal Chamber of the Court of Appeal confirmed that an appeal request had been filed.

Court staff will now assemble the relevant documents. The request will then be submitted to a single judge of the court of appeal.

If the request is successful, three judges of the court of appeal will review the attempt to overturn the whole life rate. If it is rejected, Couzens can try again later.

A justice official said: “We expected this. He has nothing to lose. “

The sentencing trial judge said the crimes were as serious as terrorism because of his abuse of his role as a police officer, with Couzens likely using the powers of Covid to trap Everard in a car, using his police warrant card and handcuffs to restrain her, and her police belt to strangle her.

As murder carries a mandatory life sentence, the only decision the judge had to make was the minimum sentence served before release from prison could be considered.

The prosecution should resist any appeal against the conviction and will investigate the reasons put forward by Couzen’s lawyers.

The trial judge said he was keenly aware that he was establishing a new legal foundation by giving Couzens a life sentence, making him one of 60 people ordered never to be released.

Any decision by the appeals court on whether or not to hear the case is not expected for months.

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