What is Wayne Couzens' age? Ex-officer to spend rest of life in prison

Mafalda Costa September 30, 2021
What is Wayne Couzens' age? Ex-officer to spend rest of life in prison
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Wayne Couzens has received his sentence for the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard. We look at the former Metropolitan Police officer’s age, career and family.

Wayne Couzens’ age

Wayne Couzens has received his sentence for the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard.

The former Metropolitan Police officer abducted a 33-year-old woman as she walked home from a friend’s house in south London on 3 March 2021.

The PC snatched Ms Sarah Everard as she walked home in Clapham, pretending to arrest her for covid breaches.

According to the Evening Standard, Couzens was born in December 1972.

The officer joined the Kent Special Constabulary in 2002 and moved to the Civil Nuclear Constabulary in 2011.

In September 2018, he transferred to the Met Police.

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Wife and children

At the time of the crime, Couzens lived with his wife of 16 years, Olena, and their two children in an apparently happy family life in Deal, Kent.

According to Celeb Hook, Olena was working in Switzerland when the pair met.

Born in Ukraine, Olena has a first-class degree in biochemistry from the University of Donetsk.

Olena’s last known job was as a lab technician.

According to The Mirror, Olena logged on to the Old Bailey’s computer system to watch Couzens’ two-day sentencing hearing.

Wayne Couzens given whole-life sentence

On Thursday, 30 September, the judge gave Couzens a whole-life sentence, meaning he will spend the rest of his days in jail.

As reported by Wales Online, Lord Justice Fulford said Couzens’ misuse of his role as a police officer was key to the whole-life decision.

The judge said: “In my judgement, the police are in a unique position which is essentially different from any other public service.

“In this country, it is expected that the police act in the public interest… they are dependent on the public’s consent. We trust that they will act lawfully and in the interests of society.

“The misuse of a police officer’s role that has occurred in this case is of equal seriousness as a murder carried out for the purpose equivalent for a political cause.”

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Mafalda Costa is a second year BA Journalism student originally from Portugal. Her main passions if life are music, arts and culture, while she's particularly knowledgable on cinema and anime.