Wayne Couzens kidnapped Sarah Everard in south London in March (Picture: Met Police/SWNS)
Wayne Couzens has been sacked from the Metropolitan Police following his conviction for the murder, rape and kidnap of Sarah Everard.
The disgraced former officer pleaded guilty to killing the 33-year-old marketing executive from south London exactly one week ago.
On June 8, Couzens, 48, from Deal Kent, admitted to her abducting and raping Sarah. He is due to be sentenced on September 29 at the Old Bailey.
The Metropolitan Police said Couzens had been dismissed with immediate effect following a misconduct hearing chaired by Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball.
It said it decided to hold the hearing in private because of a ‘real risk of undermining the criminal case’. even though Couzens had already pleaded guilty.
The force said it held an accelerated hearing as quickly as possible following Couzens’ conviction.
Sarah Everard vanished in March on her way home from Brixton to Clapham, south London (Picture: @LambethMPS)
It found that Couzens’ conduct ‘breached the standards of professional behaviour in respect of discreditable conduct’.
Ms Ball said: ‘Couzens has betrayed everything we, the police, stand for and following his guilty pleas and convictions I have dismissed him today.
‘All of us in the Met are horrified, sickened and angered by this man’s crimes. Sarah was a young woman who had her life cruelly snatched away from her.
‘I know she is sorely missed by so many people and our thoughts remain with her loved ones. We are so profoundly sorry.’
On June 8, Couzens admitting to kidnapping and raping Sarah before later pleading guilty to murder (Picture: Reuters)
Couzens, had clocked off from a 12-hour shift on the morning of March 3 and went on to rape and strangle Sarah that evening.
The firearms-trained parliamentary and diplomatic protection officer wiped his phone just minutes before he was arrested at home on March 9.
The following day – a week after she disappeared – Ms Everard’s body was found in a woodland stream in Ashford, Kent, just metres from land owned by Couzens.
The killing has sparked protests at the rate of violence against women.
Police were criticised over the manhandling of women at a vigil for Sarah in Clapham Common, attended by the Duchess of Cambridge before the violence erupted.
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