Sarah Everard Family Statement: “We are delighted that Wayne Couzens has been sentenced to a complete life term and will spend the remainder of his life in prison,” said the organization. Nothing can make things right, and nothing can bring Sarah back, but knowing that he will be imprisoned for the rest of his life provides some comfort and peace of mind.
“Sarah’s life was taken from her in an unnecessary and terrible manner, and all of the years of her life that she had yet to experience were taken away from her. Because Wayne Couzens worked as a police officer, we are shocked and disgusted that he used this position of trust to lead Sarah to her death with the help of a fake police officer. With him behind bars, the world is a more secure place.
“It has been almost seven months since Sarah passed away, and the grief of losing her is unbearable. We think about her all the time. She was a stunning young lady, both in appearance and in character, and our lives are the worse for her absence. Sarah will be remembered for all the wonderful qualities she had, including her compassion and generosity, her intellect, and her strong social conscience. But it’s her laughter and dancing and general enjoyment of life that we recall most fondly. We have a secure place for her in our hearts.
Everard’s family members appeared at the Old Bailey for the sentencing hearing and delivered victim impact statements in front of Judge Couzens. “Sarah is no longer here, and I am heartbroken,” Sarah’s mother Susan told the courtroom. I thought of her as my beautiful little daughter, our youngest kid. ” The sense of loss is so overwhelming that it is physical. And along with the grief came waves of fear at the prospect of never seeing her again.”
“I’m still tormented by the thought of what she went through,” Susan continued, adding that she continues to “relive the terrible sequence of events,” wondering when her daughter realized she was “in mortal danger,” before revealing that her daughter “spent her final hours on this planet with the very worst of humanity.”
“She lost her life because Wayne Couzens wanted to fulfill his twisted cravings,” she went on to say. He treated my kid as if she were unimportant and disposed of her as if she were garbage.”
Sarah’s father and elder sister also approached Couzens, with Jeremy Everard requesting that the man responsible for his daughter’s death look him in the eyes as he delivered his testimony. “The ramifications of what you have done will last forever,” he added. I have Sarah’s terrible murder on my thoughts all of the time and will continue to have it on my mind for the rest of my life.
“A parent wants to care after his children and repair things,” he said, “and you have intentionally and premeditatedly prevented me from being able to do so… Sarah has been taken away from us, and I will never be able to forgive you for what you’ve done.”
In an interview with Couzens, Sarah’s sister Katie said that Couzens handled and disposed of her younger sister “like she was nothing” while “she meant everything” to them. “I get the impression that I live in a world of make-believe as if nothing is genuine,” Katie said. Because the idea of being without Sarah for the rest of my life is too painful to bear, I must pretend.” “A lifetime now seems to be an extremely long period of time.”
“We owe a debt of gratitude to the police officers and legal team that worked on Sarah’s case for their efforts. We can’t express our gratitude to them enough for their careful and laborious effort, as well as for their unwavering support. We would also want to express our sincere gratitude to our family and friends for their support and comfort during this difficult time.”