A KILLER cop blamed Sarah Everard's murder on made-up gangster pimps he claimed threatened him after he failed to pay for a prostitute.
Wayne Couzens spun a sickening web of lies after he was arrested over the 33-year-old's kidnap and murder.
The monster, 48, claimed he snatched Sarah off the street for a gang of "Eastern Europeans" who had threatened his family.
Couzens brazenly told officers he had been tasked with finding "another girl" after his "financial difficulties" meant he was unable to pay for a sex worker he met at a Holiday Inn in Folkestone.
He said he drove Sarah to a lay-by between Ashford and Maidstone where three men got out of a van and took the marketing executive.
The dad-of-two suggested the made-up trio had murdered Sarah – even though her body was discovered on land he owned.
His lies were finally exposed today after he admitted murder at the Old Bailey following an earlier plea of rape and kidnap.
Tragically, police and Sarah's family have never found out the real reason why the twisted cop grabbed her off the street in Clapham on March 3.
Sarah's family and Met Police chief Dame Cressida Dick watched from the public gallery as the monster whispered his formal plea.
Dame Cressida said she had spoken to Sarah's family and told them "how very sorry I am for their loss, for their pain and their suffering".
She said the force was "sickened, angered and devastated by this man's crimes – they are dreadful".
It also emerged 12 police officers are being investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct for gross misconduct over matters relating to the case.
One gross misconduct notice and six misconduct notices relate to claims officers from "a number of forces" shared information linked to the case over WhatsApp.
Three officers are also been investigated over claims a Met Police officer shared an inappropriate graphic relating to the case with cops over social media before subsequently manning a cordon at the scene.
Couzen's vile web of lies unravelled when police discovered he had bought a grisly killing kit dour days after kidnapping Sarah as she walked home.
His murderous, pre-planned plot was also discovered after it emerged he had bought a grisly killing kit four days after snatching Sarah.
The monster had bought an adhesive film, carpet protector, tarpaulin, and a cargo net on March 7 from Amazon.
Couzens was also seen buying two large green rubble bags from B&Q on March 5 – the same day he called his work to say he was "suffering from stress" and was unable to work.
The predator also wiped his phone just minutes before he was arrested as part of his murderous plot.
Sarah's body had to be identified by dental records after being found in a builder's bag in woodland in Ashford, Kent.
Post-mortem results later revealed Sarah died from a compression to the neck.
Prosecutor Zoe Martin told the previous hearing: "He stated initially in police interview that he had financial difficulties and he was being threatened by Eastern Europeans.
"He had underpaid a prostitute and that he normally met a prostitute in the Folkestone Holiday Inn.
"He had mentioned as a consequence he had to deliver them another girl.
"If he didn't, they would harm him and his family.
"As a result of that series of events, he kidnapped Sarah Everard and drove her out of London to an area between Ashford and Maidstone.
"He was flashed by a Mercedes with a Romanian number plate and he pulled into a layby.
"Three Eastern European men got out of the van and took her and she was alive and well at that stage."
Timeline of Sarah’s disappearance
9pm: Sarah leaves a friend's house in Clapham, South West London, and begins the 50-minute walk home to Brixton
9.15pm: The marketing executive is first seen on CCTV as she speaks to her boyfriend on the phone for around 14 minutes
9.27pm: The call ends and Sarah is seen a minute later on CCTV and again at 9.28pm
9.38pm: Two figures are seen standing by the white Vauxhall Astra Couzens rented
1am: Couzens' car is seen arriving in Kent after number plate recognition tracks it leaving London
Sarah is reported missing by her boyfriend after failing to attend a meeting at work
Police releases an appeal over her disappearance and release CCTV images of her.
They reveal she was walking through the Common and should have arrived home around 50 minutes later.
Further images taken on a doorbell camera are released showing Sarah walking alone on the A205 Poynders Road towards Tulse Hill, south of Brixton.
It has since been revealed this is the road where she was snatched by Couzens
The search for Sarah is stepped up as police search Sarah's route home, ponds in Clapham Common and drains along the A205.
At midnight, police confirmed a police officer has been arrested in connection with her disappearance.
A woman is also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender but no charges are brought against her.
Cops begin searching two locations in Kent – including a home in Deal and woodland near Ashford.
They later reveal the arrested cop has now been re-arrested on suspicion of murder despite Sarah remaining missing.
The cop is identified as 48-year-old Wayne Couzens, who works in the Met Police's Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command.
Metropolitan Police commissioner Dame Cressida Dick announces human remains have been found in the search for Sarah in woodland in Ashford.
Couzens is taken to hospital for a head wound sustained in custody where he is still being quizzed for murder.
Meanwhile, police reveal a probe has been launched by Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) into whether officers "responded appropriately" to a report of indecent exposure linked to the suspect.
Sarah's family release a tribute to "kind and thoughtful, caring and dependable” Sarah.
Sarah's body is formally identified as police confirm Couzens was accused of exposing himself twice at a McDonald's three days before her disappearance.
He is later charged with kidnap and murder hours after being taken to hospital for a second time with a head injury.
A post-mortem reveals Sarah was strangled to death.
Couzens pleads guilty to kidnap and murder and accepts responsibility for her killing.
The cop pleads guilty to Sarah's murder
Sarah vanished after walking home from a friend's house in Clapham, South West London, on March 3.
She had spent around 14 minutes on the phone to her boyfriend but her mobile was never recovered.
Sarah was seen alone on CCTV at 9.15pm, again at 9.28pm and was later captured on the camera of a marked police car at 9.32pm.
Chilling footage taken at 9.38pm showed two figures standing by Couzens' white Vauxhall Astra.
It is understood she was snatched by the fiend just seconds later.
How Couzens tried duping the court
By Mike Sullivan, Crime Editor
PREDATOR Couzens had earlier hinted he was suffering from mental illness.
During previous hearings he had rolled his head and stared vacantly into space as part of an apparent plan to hoodwink the court that he was sick.
Despite two apparent attempts to kill himself by smashing his head against a police station cell wall while being held under arrest, he dropped the pretence of being mentally unwell.
He was forced to come clean and hold up his hands by damning evidence about his evil premeditated plan to kill.
Detectives have carried out checks on whether he could have been responsible for other serious offences in the past.
On February 28 this year, three days before snatching Sarah, Couzens is suspected to have indecently exposed himself twice in one day to diners at a McDonald’s restaurant in Swanley, Kent.
Couzens, a firearms officer with the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command, is the first ever serving police officer in Britain to be convicted of a stranger murder.
Couzens had rented the car, which was also seen at 1am in Kent, on February 28 using his name, address and two different mobile phones.
He then returned the car the next morning and called his work saying he did not want to carry a firearm anymore.
The court was told are still analysing evidence from his own car, which he used to move Sarah from the rental after kidnapping her.
Investigators fear she may have been raped and murdered in his own vehicle.
Gun cop Couzens, who joined the Met Police in 2018, was charged with kidnap and murder more than a week after Sarah first vanished when police swooped on his home in Deal, Kent.
The cop, who worked on the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command unit, had finished a shift earlier on the morning of March 3 and was not on duty at the time of Sarah's disappearance.
Despite wiping his phone, data on the device linked Couzens to the abduction and eventually the area where Sarah was found.
While in custody, former mechanic Couzens was twice taken to hospital with head injuries.
How murder of Sarah Everard sparked ‘tidal wave’ of grief and fears about women’s safety
SARAH’S tragic death caused global outrage and sparked a ‘tidal wave’ of grief.
The haunting words 'she was just walking home' screamed from social media platforms as women revealed their own horror stories.
Many told how they had been harassed on the street and public transport – with one even flashed at a vigil for Sarah.
The outpouring prompted the Home Office to reopen a public consultation on tackling violence against women and girls, which then received more than 160,000 responses.
Vigils were held across the country as outraged Brits paid tribute to Sarah.
Campaign group Reclaim These Streets was formed in the wake of Sarah's death.
Jamie Klingler, one of the founders, said: "It feels like a tidal wave of half of the population saying: 'This is your problem, you need to fix it and you need to fix it now – we're not taking it any more'."
Some of the vigils were mired by violence as heavy-handed cops arrested protesters.
A planned event due to be held in London on Clapham Common had been cancelled due to the pandemic but thousands still attended to pay their respects.
Kate Middelton was among those who came to look at a shrine made near where Sarah was last seen.
Sarah's death sparked vigils across the country and demands for action to tackle violence against women.
Thousands of women shared stories on social media about ho they had been harassed while on the street and public transport.
Campaign group Reclaim These Streets was formed in the wake of Sarah's death with a vigil in Clapham Common attended by Kate Middleton.
Sarah's family previously paid tribute to their "bright and beautiful daughter and sister".
In a statement, they said: “Sarah was bright and beautiful – a wonderful daughter and sister.
“She was kind and thoughtful, caring and dependable. She always put others first and had the most amazing sense of humour.
“She was strong and principled and a shining example to us all.
“We are very proud of her and she brought so much joy to our lives.”
Carolyn Oakley, Crown Prosecution Service specialist prosecutor in the Special Crime Division, said: “Today, Wayne Couzens pleaded guilty to the murder of Sarah Everard.
"This plea is as a result of a great deal of hard work by the prosecution team. The police should be commended for their thorough and tireless investigation into Sarah’s disappearance.
“Wayne Couzens lied to the police when he was arrested and to date, he has refused to comment. We still do not know what drove him to commit this appalling crime against a stranger.
“Today is not the day for hearing the facts about what happened to Sarah. Today is a day to remember Sarah and our thoughts remain with her family and friends.”
Couzens will be sentenced on September 29.
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