Lord Justice Fulford at the Old Bailey, London, handed down a whole life sentence to Wayne Couzens for the “devastating, tragic and wholly brutal” murder of Sarah Everard.
Couzens, who was a Metropolitan Police officer at the time, showed his warrant card before restraining Sarah Everard on March 3 and later murdering her. A whole life sentence means Couzens will never be eligible for parole.
A whole-life order means the criminal is in prison for the rest of their life without ever becoming eligible for parole.
It differs from a life sentence, under which the prisoner is given a number of years they must spend in jail after which they will be eligible to apply for parole.
Whole-life tariffs are reserved for offenders judged to be the most dangerous to society.