Wayne Couzens loses bid to reduce life sentence for the murder of Sarah Everard
Wayne Couzens is still set to die in prison after he lost his bid to reduce his sentence at the Court of Appeal
In May, senior judges heard challenges or appeals to the prison sentences of five convicted killers, including the whole-life terms of former police officer Couzens and double murderer Ian Stewart.
On Friday, the Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett and four other judges refused to lower Couzens’ sentence.
Last year, the former officer was handed a whole life term for the rape and murder of 33-year-old Sarah Everard.
It was the first time the sentence had been imposed for a single murder of an adult not committed in the course of a terror attack.
Appealing against the whole-life term, Couzens’ lawyers argued he deserved “decades in jail” but said a whole-life term was excessive.
But in a summary read out in court, Lord Burnett said that the sentencing judge was entitled to impose a whole life order due to the facts of Couzens’ case.