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Scotland Yard chief’s apology after police conviction for rape-murder

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Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick read out the statement after the sentencing. AFP

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Britain’s senior-most police officer today apologized after a serving Scotland Yard officer was sentenced to life without an opportunity of parole for the brutal rape and murder of a female victim.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said Wayne Kuzens, who was convicted of murdering 33-year-old Sarah Everard, had “put to shame” the police force by abusing his “position of trust”.

The Old Bailey Court in London heard how Coozens, 48, used COVID-19 lockdown laws to wrongfully arrest Everard from a friend’s home in London in March, handcuffing him and driving him into his car. before.

“I am absolutely horrified that this man used his position of trust to deceive and coerce Sarah and I know you all are too… what he did was unimaginable and horrifying,” Cressida Dick read in his statement after his sentence.

He said, “He has greatly increased the sense of insecurity that many people in our cities have, perhaps especially women. I am absolutely sick… This man has put shame on the Met. We shaken,” she said.

“I recognize that a priceless bond of trust has been damaged. I will do everything in my power to make sure we learn a lesson. There are no words that can fully express the fury and the overwhelming sadness.” We all feel what happened to Sarah. I’m so sorry,” she added.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “sick” by the details revealed during the sentencing.

“Our police are there to protect us – and I know the officers will share in our shock and devastation at this utter betrayal of duty. People should be able to walk our streets without fear of harm and with the full confidence that The police is there to keep them safe,” he said.

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel also described the crimes as a “disease”, adding: “It is true that he has been given a life fee and with that he can never walk the streets of our country again.”

Asked to comment on some of the opposition’s demands for the resignation of Met Police Chief Cressida Dick, Ms Patel said: “I will continue to work with the Metropolitan Police and the commissioner, as everyone would expect me to do, and I will continue to do so.”

During Couzens’ sentencing, the judge said the case was “devastating, tragic and utterly brutal” and classified its seriousness as “extraordinarily high”.

Lord Justice Fulford said, “Despite your guilty pleas, I have seen no evidence of genuine remorse on your part, as opposed to your apparent self-pity and attempts to avoid or minimize the just consequences of your efforts.” Is.”

Everard’s family said they were relieved that Cousins ​​would die in prison. In March this year, Coogens, a young marketing executive, was strangled to death with a police-issue belt. The court heard how Couzens, who was married with two children, burned her body in a refrigerator in an area of ​​woodland.

The case had caused widespread public outrage in Britain with the government’s move to take greater action on acts of violence against women.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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