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‘Tormented at the thought of what she endured’ – Sarah Everard’s family read statements in court

Sarah Everard’s family have said their feeling of loss “is so great it is visceral”.

Police officer Wayne Couzens used COVID-19 lockdown regulations to kidnap Ms Everard in a false arrest before he raped and strangled her and then burned her body, a court has heard.

Couzens sentencing day one – as it happened

In statements read at a two-day sentencing hearing at the Old Bailey, her parents said they would never forgive her killer.

Impact statement from Ms Everard’s mother, Susan Everard

PICTURES CAN ONLY BE USED ONCE FAMILY HAVE ISSUED STATEMENT Undated family handout photo of Sarah Everard issued by the Crown Prosecution Service. Former Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens, 48, will appear at the Old Bailey in London, on the first day of a two-day sentence hearing after pleading guilty to the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard. Issue date: Wednesday September 29, 2021.
Image: ‘I am tormented at the thought of what she endured,’ her mother Susan Everard said

Sarah is gone and I am broken hearted. She was my precious little girl, our youngest child. The feeling of loss is so great it is visceral.

Sarah died in horrendous circumstances. I am tormented at the thought of what she endured.

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In her last hours she was faced with brutality and terror, alone with someone intent on doing her harm. The thought of it is unbearable. I am haunted by the horror of it.

I am repulsed by the thought of Wayne Couzens and what he did to Sarah.

I am outraged that he masqueraded as a policeman in order to get what he wanted.

Sarah wanted to get married and have children, now all that has gone.

He took her life and stole her future and we will never have the joy of sharing that future with her.

Impact statement from Ms Everard’s father, Jeremy Everard

Jeremy Everard (left), the father of Sarah Everard, outside the Old Bailey, central London in June, with other family members
Image: Jeremy Everard (left), the father of Sarah Everard, outside the Old Bailey in June, with other family members

Mr Everard demanded that his daughter’s killer look at him as he read his statement in court, saying:

I can never forgive you for what you have done.

The horrendous murder of my daughter, Sarah, is in my mind all the time and will be for the rest of my life.

Sarah was handcuffed and unable to defend herself. This preys on my mind all the time.

I can never forgive you for what you have done, for taking Sarah away from us.

You burnt our daughter’s body – you further tortured us – so that we could not see her again. We did not know whether you had burnt her alive or dead.

You stopped us seeing Sarah for one last time and stopped me from giving my daughter one last kiss goodbye.

All my family want is Sarah back with us.

No punishment that you receive will ever compare to the pain and torture that you have inflicted on us.

You murdered our daughter and forever broke the hearts of her mother, father, brother, sister, family and her friends.

Sarah had so much to look forward to and because of you this is now gone forever.

Impact statement from Ms Everard’s sister, Katie Everard

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Image: Sarah Everard’s body was ‘disposed like it was rubbish’, her sister Katie told the sentencing hearing

Katie Everard broke down in tears in court as she branded Couzens a monster.

She said: You treated Sarah as if she was nothing, placed more emphasis on satisfying your sick disgusting perversions than on a life.

You disposed of my sister’s body like it was rubbish. Fly-tipped her like she meant nothing.

A predator – you – was on the loose, prowling the streets for hours looking for his prey.

My only hope is that she was in a state of shock and that she wasn’t aware of the disgusting things being done to her by a monster.

When you forced yourself upon and raped her. When you put your hands around her neck and strangled her.

It disgusts me that you were the last person to touch her perfect body and violate her in the way you did.

There is no punishment that you could receive that will ever compare to the pain you have caused us.

We can never get Sarah back. The last moments of Sarah’s life play on my mind constantly. I am so disgusted and appalled.

It terrifies me that you have such disregard for a person’s life. You have taken from me the most precious person. And I can never get her back.

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