Ex-cop killer Wayne Cousens refuses to challenge life sentence

Wayne Cousens is still to die in prison after he lost his bid for a reduced sentence in the Court of Appeal.

In May, senior judges heard complaints or appeals against prison sentences for five convicted murderers, including life sentences for former police officer Cousins ​​and double murderer Ian Stewart.

Emma Tustin and Thomas Hughes, who killed six-year-old Arthur Lubinjo-Hughes, also had their sentences reviewed, along with triple killer Jordan Monaghan.

On Friday, Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett and four other judges refused to commute either Cousins ​​or Tustin, while increasing Hughes, Arthur’s father, and commuting Stewart’s sentence.

Last year, Cousins, 49, was sentenced to life in prison for the rape and murder of 33-year-old Sarah Everard, the first time the sentence had been handed down for the single murder of an adult not in the course of terror. attack.

Appealing the life sentence, Cousins’ lawyers argued that he deserved “decades in prison” but said the life sentence was excessive.

However, the judges refused to change his sentence.

In the verdict, Lord Burnett said that the case involved “unspeakably grim details” and that Cousins ​​”sought to minimize his true responsibility from the moment he first approached the police”.


Sarah Everard (Family/PA)

He continued: “It was, as the judge said, a perverse, selfish and cruel crime that was both sexual and murderous.

“This was a case with unique and highly aggravating circumstances.

“Chief among them, as the judge rightly identified, was Cousins’ grotesque abuse of his position as a police officer, with all its consequences, to facilitate the kidnapping, rape and murder of Miss Everard.”

Lord Burnett said the gravity of the case was “so exceptionally high that a life sentence and not a minimum sentence should be issued”.


Flower tributes on the bandstand at Clapham Common, London, for Sarah Everard (Yui Mok/PA)

He continued, “It provides for its unique and defining feature, which was that Cousins ​​used his knowledge and status as a police officer to carry out his horrific crimes against Ms. Everard, and the broad and extreme nature of the other aggravating circumstances that were present.” : significant and cold-blooded planning and preliminary deliberation; the kidnapping of Mrs. Everard; the most serious sexual behavior; the mental and physical suffering inflicted on Ms Everard before her death; and the cover-up and attempts to destroy Ms. Everard’s body.

“We agree with the judge that, in deciding for a life order, given the abuse of Cousins’ role as a police officer and the serious aggravating circumstances of the offense, the guilty plea did not affect the outcome.”

Lord Burnett, sitting with Dame Victoria Sharp, Lord Justice Holroyd, Justice Sweeney and Justice Johnson, said that as of March 31, 2022, 59 prisoners were serving life sentences, including Cousins ​​and Stewart.

Also, in reviewing the sentencing of Arthur’s killers, the Court of Appeal said the child suffered a catastrophic head injury while in the care of Tustin, who was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 29 years for his murder.


Arthur Labinjo-Hughes (Olivia Labinjo-Hulcrow/PA)

Tustin contested the length of her sentence on two admitted counts of child abuse, while Arthur’s father, Hughes, who was sentenced to 21 years for manslaughter, appealed his conviction.

Both sentences for Arthur’s murder were contested as being excessively lenient.

The judges refused to change Tustin’s sentence, feeling that she should not be given a life sentence, but Hughes’ sentence was deemed excessively lenient and was extended to 24 years.

Double killer Stewart, 61, who killed his first wife six years before he killed his fiancée, has successfully appealed his life order.

In Friday’s ruling, Lord Burnett and four other judges said Stewart was not the case for a life sentence, reducing his sentence to life imprisonment with a minimum of 35 years.

The judges also resented Jordan Monaghan, who was sentenced to the minimum 40-year sentence by Preston Crown Court after he killed two of his children and his new partner.


Composite photo (left to right) of Emma Tustin, Thomas Hughes, Ian Stewart, Wayne Cousens and Jordan Monaghan (Pennsylvania)

The appeals court had previously heard that between January 2013 and October 2016, he killed three-week-old Ruby and 21-month-old Logan before killing Evie Adams.

In a ruling on Friday, the judges concluded that while the life sentence should not be applied, the sentence should be increased to life with a minimum sentence of 48 years.