Sarah Award. A court has heard that a police officer at the time was handcuffed in a false arrest before being raped and murdered.
Prosecutor Tom Little QC explained how. Ms. Award. Warrant card was shown on false arrest.
The court heard that Cousins was working on a coveted patrol earlier this year and would know what language to use when approaching Ms. Awards.
The couple witnessed the abduction of Sarah Everard.
The court heard how the couple, who were going home in a car, witnessed the abduction.
According to the witness, a woman on the floor was seen placing her left arm behind her back and was in the process of “putting her other arm behind her back” as she was handcuffed by a man in a black dress.
Mr Little said: “The immediate impression the passenger gave was that he saw an undercover police officer arresting a woman, whom he thought had done something wrong.
The prosecutor added: “He was actually a witness to the abduction of Sarah Everard. She was arrested for fraud.
“Defendant uses his warrant card and handcuffs as well as other police equipment to induce a false arrest.”
Van Cousins, 48, was a serving PC in the Metropolitan Police when he snatched Ms Avarad on his way home in Cliffham, south London, on the evening of March 3.
The sex offender, who was off the 12-hour shift this morning, raped and strangled the 33-year-old marketing executive.
One week after her disappearance, Ms. Euward’s body was found in a forested stream in Ashford, Kent, just a few meters from Cousins’ property.
Mr Little said: “The defendant’s plot of land is very close, and in the same forest where he was to burn Sarah Everard’s body after she was killed.
“He then moved his body into the green bags he had bought specifically for the purpose in a deep forest pond, but only 130 meters from his plot.”
Scotland Yard’s statement on the Sarah Award case.
New details of how Cousins was abused have been seen moving to Scotland Yard as a serving police officer to allay public concerns.
Ahead of the two-day sentence, Scotland Yard issued a statement: “We are sick, angry and devastated by the crimes of this man who cheats with everything.
“Our thoughts are with Sarah’s family and many of her friends. It is impossible for us to imagine what they are going through.
“We acknowledge that its actions raise a number of questions and concerns, but we will not comment further until the hearing is completed.”