Carolyn Oakley, the prosecuting lawyer in the case against Wayne Couzens for the kidnap, rape and murder of 33-year-old Sarah Everard, has outlined the process which led to the charging and guilty plea of Couzens, and his subsequent life sentence.
Oakley, a Crown Prosecution Service lawyer, outlined her role in the prosecution in a video released after Couzens’s sentencing on September 30. She said her role included reviewing evidence, formulating and authorizing charges, and building a case against Couzens.
The Crown Prosecution Service said the “key factor that led to the identification of Couzens was the forensic examination of the CCTV footage.”
Couzens, 48, was given a whole-life sentence on September 30 after a two-day hearing at the Old Bailey.
The Metropolitan Police released a statement on Wednesday regarding Couzens’s hearing. “We are sickened, angered and devastated by this man’s crimes which betray everything we stand for," the force said. "Our thoughts are with Sarah’s family and her many friends. It is not possible for us to imagine what they are going through.” Credit: Crown Prosecution Service via Storyful