Wayne Couzens may never tell how or why he snatched and murdered Sarah Everard

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Sarah Everard's killer has refused to tell what drove him to snatch a total stranger off the streets before raping and murdering her, prosecutors have revealed.

Former Met cop Wayne Couzens spun a web of lies when detectives arrested him after the marketing executive's disappearance.

He pleaded guilty to Ms Everard's murder today, after earlier pleading guilty to her kidnap and rape.

But his appearance left her grieving family with few answers about the lead up to her murder, as investigators told the court Couzens continued to refuse to be interviewed about his crimes.

The Old Bailey in London heard forensic investigators are still probing exactly what happened to Ms Everard.

The 33-year-old's disappearance while she was walking home from a friend's in Clapham, south London in March sparked protest at the rates of violence against women.

PC Wayne Couzens, 48, has admitted Sarah Everard's kidnap, rape and murder
(Image: Kent Messenger / SWNS)

A series of vigils were held following her death as women demanded streets safe from violence.

Prosecutors on Friday revealed Couzens has never told investigators how he snatched Ms Everard, or what drove him to pick up a hire car and pluck her off the street, before raping and killing her and dumping her body.

CPS Specialist prosecutor Carolyn Oakley 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.

Sarah Everard's body was found over a week after she went missing in March
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“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.”

The court today heard the only explanation Couzens did offer was a far-fetched tall tale about being blackmailed by an Eastern European gang.

What little is known about the sexual predator's actions in the days leading up to the murder emerged in court on Friday.

Vigils in the aftermath of Sarah Everard's death as women demanded justice and safety from violence
(Image: Ian Vogler / Daily Mirror)

The Old Bailey heard he booked a hire car and bought a roll of self-adhesive film days before the killing.

At around 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.

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.

Former Met Police PC Wayne Couzens was a trained firearms and diplomatic protection officer
(Image: Kent Messenger / SWNS)

She and Couzens were complete strangers, prosecutors told the court.

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

After snatching Ms Everard, Couzens drove out of London, arriving in the area of Tilmanstone, near Deal, at 1am.

Investigators tracked the route of the car using CCTV and ANPR cameras and identified the driver as a serving officer through the car hire firm.

Police comb a stream in Kent following the discover of a body in the search for Ms Everard
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Couzens had used his personal details and bank card to make the booking, picking up the Vauxhall Astra on the afternoon of the abduction and returning it the next morning.

The court heard investigators are still analysing scientific evidence relating to Couzens' own car, into which he transferred Ms Everard from the hire car he used to kidnap her.

Mr Little said: "That may seek to establish where it was that Sarah Everard was raped and where she was murdered."

An artist's sketch of PC Wayne Couzens appearing at Old Bailey by video link from HMP Belmarsh
(Image: Julia Quenzler / SWNS.COM)

In the days that followed, Couzens reported that he was suffering from stress and did not want to carry a firearm any more, according to a case summary.

On March 8, the day he was due on duty, he reported in sick.

The next day, police arrested Couzens at 7.50pm – 39 minutes after he wiped the data from his mobile phone.

In a police interview, Couzens concocted an elaborate story and claimed to be having financial problems.

Forensic officers conduct a search behind a house in Deal, Kent, near where Couzens had been living
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He said he had got into trouble with a gang of Eastern Europeans who threatened him and his family.

A gang demanded he deliver "another girl" after underpaying a prostitute a few weeks before, he said.

He kidnapped Ms Everard, drove out of London and handed her over to three Eastern European men in a van in a layby in Kent, still alive and uninjured, Couzens claimed.

Meanwhile, police discovered Couzens and his wife had bought a small patch of woodland in 2019 in Ashford.

Flowers left near the woodland spot in Ashford, Kent, where the 33-year-old's body was found
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Phone data led officers to the site where Ms Everard's body was found in a woodland stream.

Further inquiries revealed that on the same day that Couzens booked the hire car, he bought a roll of self-adhesive film on Amazon.

Two days after Ms Everard was last seen, Couzens was caught on CCTV buying two green rubble bags at B&Q in Dover.

He went on to order tarpaulin and a bungee cargo net for delivery on March 7.

Even though Couzens' phone had been wiped, cell site data linked him to the abduction and the area where Ms Everard was eventually found.

His device located there in the early hours of March 4, and again in the days leading up to his arrest.

He made no comment during the formal interview.

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