Wayne Couzens’ wife ‘didn’t notice anything wrong’ before Sarah Everard murder

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Wayne Couzens’ wife said he never “showed any glimpse of violence” and wasn’t “acting strangely” before the horrific killing of Sarah Everard.

The former Metropolitan Police officer has pleaded guilty to her kidnap, rape and murder.

Couzens snatched the 33-year-old as she was walking back from a friend’s house in Clapham, south London, on March 3.

He strangled Ms Everard before disposing of the body in woodland in Kent.

Couzens appeared to have visibly aged and his body shook when he appeared at the Old Bailey by video link from Belmarsh jail.

He sat with his head bowed and whispered "guilty ma'am" as the charge of murder was read to him, having previously admitted kidnap and rape.

Adjourning sentencing, Lord Justice Fulford made reference to the psychiatric report on the defendant which, by his plea, did not amount to a defence of diminished responsibility.

In an interview in advance of the plea hearing, the defendant's wife, Elena Couzens, 38, told the MailOnline that she was "as puzzled as everyone else".

She told the site: "I keep on asking 'why?' What Wayne did wasn't human behaviour.

"He didn't appear to be acting strangely. I didn't notice anything was wrong.

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"I can't comprehend it because he never once previously showed any glimpse of violence, he was never that way.

"I'm just as puzzled as everyone else."

She also revealed that her husband suffered from depression, and that she has contacted Ms Everard's family to offer her condolences.

Couzens, who joined the Met in 2018, had booked the hire of a Vauxhall Astra and bought a roll of self-adhesive film, days before the murder.

At about 9pm on March 3, Ms Everard set off on foot for the two-and-a-half mile journey home, chatting with her boyfriend by mobile phone on the way.

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A camera attached to a passing marked police car captured her walking alone at 9.32pm.

Just three minutes later, a bus camera appeared to capture the moment she was intercepted by Couzens in Balham, south London.

Two figures could be seen standing by the hire car, which was parked on the pavement with its hazard lights flashing.

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Met Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick spoke to the family before making a statement on the steps of the Old Bailey.

She said that she had told the Everard family "how very sorry I am for their loss, for their pain and their suffering".

She said: "All of us in the Met are sickened, angered and devastated by this man's crimes – they are dreadful.

"Everyone in policing feels betrayed."

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