A court artist sketch from Sept. 29 showing Susan Everard, the mother of Sarah Everard, on the right reading a victim impact statement as former Police officer Wayne Couzens sits in the dock at the Old Bailey in London.

British police officer sentenced to life in prison

British police officer Wayne Couzens is sentenced to spend his whole life in prison for the murder of Sarah Everard.

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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.

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