On Wednesday, the Metropolitan police launched beforehand unpublished materials regarding the power’s investigation into Wayne Couzens. It included dashcam footage from the evening Sarah Everard disappeared, an audio recording of Couzens and a video of him being interviewed by police, wherein he tried to deceive officers about what had occurred. Listed here are among the key items of proof, as advised to the courtroom and within the newly launched materials:
10 February 2021
Couzens orders a “police normal subject handcuff key with double locking pin” for £2.49 from Amazon, a part of an “array of apparatus” the prosecution says was used to persuade Everard he was an on-duty police officer, fairly than off-duty.
The final shift labored by Couzens was from 7pm on 2 March to 7am on 3 March. He was an armed officer within the Met’s elite parliamentary and diplomatic safety group, posted on the US embassy.
4.47pm: Having advised his household he was working, Couzens drove to Dover the place he left Enterprise automobile rent in a Vauxhall Crossland he had booked on 28 February.
8pm: Couzens buys a pack of 14 hair bands at a Tesco in Kensington, west London. The prosecution stated they had been purchased “for the needs of the deliberate kidnap and rape”, whether or not as restraints or for use throughout intercourse acts.
9.30pm: Having pushed round, within the prosecution’s phrases, “looking for a lone younger feminine to kidnap and rape”, Couzens pulls up on Poynders Street in Clapham, south London, and stops Everard. He reveals her his police warrant card and handcuffs her as a part of a false arrest. She is positioned at the back of the automobile with a seatbelt on.
11.43pm: CCTV footage reveals Couzen’s Seat pulling away from North Navy Street, Dover, having pushed there within the employed Vauxhall after which transferred Everard into his personal automobile.
11.53pm – 00.57am: Evaluation reveals Couzens’s cellphone used cell websites within the Sibertswold space, which he knew effectively. He’s believed to have raped Everard throughout this era earlier than returning to Dover after 1am.
2.34am: Couzens buys two bottles of nonetheless water, an apple juice, a Lucozade Orange and a service bag from BP Dover South Companies at a time when it’s believed that Everard had already been killed.
7.30am: Couzen’s Seat returns to North Navy Street in Dover and the Vauxhall rent automobile is pushed away a couple of minutes later.
8.14am: Couzens goes to Costa Espresso in Biggin Road, Dover, the place he buys a sizzling chocolate with coconut milk and a bakewell tart. As he stands on the until, he fidgets, wringing his palms.
8.30am: Couzens returns the Vauxhall rent automobile to Enterprise having racked up greater than 300 miles within the car.
9.20am to 9.37am: Couzens, again in his Seat, arrives in Sandwich, Kent, the place he disposes of Everard’s cell phone.
11.05am: Couzens goes to a BP petrol station at Whitfield providers the place he buys an empty inexperienced petrol can which he fills with 5.85 litres of petrol, which is later used to burn Everard’s physique. He additionally fills his automobile with diesel and buys a salted caramel latte. A couple of minutes later he purchases an additional massive worth meal and a bottle of orange juice at a drive-through McDonald’s.
12.40pm: The Seat is noticed in Hoad’s Wooden and a hearth is seen within the space, per the placement the place Couzens burned Everard’s physique.
Within the early afternoon, Couzens calls a neighborhood vet to make an appointment for his household’s French bulldog, saying it’s affected by “separation nervousness”. He sounds relaxed.
1.43pm: Couzens buys two 220 litre builder’s baggage from B&Q within the Honeywood Park industrial property in Dover.
2.50pm – 3.40pm: Couzens is again in Hoad’s Wooden the place he will need to have moved Everard’s physique, utilizing the baggage he had simply bought.
Within the morning, Couzens takes his household for a visit to Hoad’s Wooden the place he had beforehand left after which burned and hid Everard’s physique.
7.45pm: Three law enforcement officials arrive at Couzens’s house in Deal and handcuff, arrest and warning him earlier than interviewing him. At first he denies any information of Everard earlier than concocting a narrative a couple of gang threatening him and forcing him to abduct women.
Couzens pleads responsible to the kidnap and rape of Everard, pleading responsible to her homicide the next month.