CCTV shows Sarah Everards final chilling moments

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It was a case that captivated the UK, for all the wrong reasons.

A court has heard how in March 2021, 33-year-old Sarah Everard was walking home in Clapham when she was kidnapped, raped and murdered by then-serving police officer Wayne Couzens.

The family of killer Couzens have come face-to-face with Everard's family in court, as the 48-year-old faced sentencing.

Sarah's mother, Susan Everard said: "Sarah is gone and I am broken hearted. She was my precious little girl, our youngest child. The feeling of loss is so great it is visceral.

"Sarah died in horrendous circumstances. I am tormented at the thought of what she endured."

The death of Everard sparked country-wide protests against the rates of violence against women in the UK, which remains a huge problem.

Sabina Nessa was also attacked and murdered in South London soon after Sarah Everard.

What happened to Sarah Everard?

CCTV played in court shows that Sarah Everard was approached by Wayne Couzen's as she walked home from a friend's house in South London in March 2021 – she was walking 2.5 miles from Clapham to Brixton.

CCTV footage shown in court shows how Couzens had used his police badge on Sarah in a 'fake arrest', before going on to handcuff and rape her.

At the start of his two-day sentencing, the court heard how Ms Everard was the victim of “deception, kidnap, rape, strangulation, fire”.

Wayne Couzens, who was working as a Met police officer at the time of the attack, was said to be wearing his police belt with handcuffs when he kidnapped Ms Everard.

Couzens had served as a covid police officer earlier in the year, so knew the kind of language that could have been used during covid patrols.

As Sarah had been walking back from a friend's house, it's believed she may have been more likely to submit to accusations that she'd breached covid rules.

Prosecutor Tom Little said that Sarah was handcuffed at about 9.34pm and detained in Couzens’ hire car by 9.37pm.

CCTV shows Couzen's car driving to a remote location in Dover, Kent, where he then parked up and raped Sarah.

The court heard that the prosecution could not pin point her exact time of death.

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However, the prosecution said she must have been dead by about 2.30am when Couzens pulled into a Dover service station and bought drinks.

Who was Sarah Everard?

Everard was a marketing executive who was originally from York.

At the time of her death she was living in the Brixton area of London.

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She graduated from Durham University in 2008. Rose Woollard, a friend from her time at Durham told the BBC: "It was only recently that she was telling me the good news about her new role as a senior marketing account manager, which she was excited to start."

In a statement, her family said: "Sarah was bright and beautiful – a wonderful daughter and sister. She was kind and thoughtful, caring and dependable."

She always put others first and had the most amazing sense of humour. She was strong and principled and a shining example to us all. We are very proud of her and she brought so much joy to our lives."

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She went missing on March 3 shortly after a phone conversation making plans with her boyfriend Josh Lowth.

It was Lowth who reported her missing in the evening of 4 March.

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