Killer former police officer Wayne Cozens failed to challenge a life sentence.


Ayne Couzens is set to die in prison after losing her bid to have her sentence reduced at the Court of Appeal.

In May, senior judges heard challenges or appeals against the prison terms of five convicted murderers, including life sentences for ex-police officer Cousins ​​and double murderer Ian Stewart.

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

On Friday, Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett and four other judges refused to reduce Cozen or Tustin’s sentence, while increasing Arthur’s father Hughes’ sentence and reducing 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 murder of an adult not committed during a terrorist attack. were gone Attack.

In appealing the life sentence, Cozens’ lawyers argued he deserved “decades in prison” but said a life sentence was too much.

However, the judges refused to commute his sentence.

In the judgement, Lord Burnett said the case involved “unspeakably grim detail” and that Cozen had “attempted to minimize his actual responsibility from the moment he first spoke to the police”. .

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He continued: “This was, as the judge said, a war-torn, selfish and brutal crime, which was sexual and murderous.

“This was a case with unique and extremely disturbing features.

“Chief among these, as the judge rightly identified, was Cousins’ wanton abuse of his position as a police officer to facilitate the abduction, rape and murder of Ms Everard. was taken.”

Lord Burnet said the seriousness of the case was “so extraordinarily high that a life order should be made rather than a minimum term order”.

Floral tributes to Sarah Everard (Yui Mok/PA) at the bandstand in Clapham Common, London / PA Archive

He continued: “This provides a unique and defining feature, which was that Couzens used his knowledge and position as a police officer to carry out his horrific crimes against Ms Everard and For the extensive and extreme nature of the other outrageous features it contains: the critical and cold-blooded planning and premeditation; the abduction of Ms. Everard; the most egregious sexual behavior; the mental and bodily harm had been inflicted.and the attempt to conceal and destroy Mrs. Everard’s body.

“We agree with the judge that, given the abuse of Cousins’ role as a police officer and the seriously flawed nature of the guilty pleas, determining that the full life sentence should have affected the outcome. It didn’t happen.”

Lord Burnett, sitting with Dame Victoria Sharp, Lord Justice Holroyd, Mr Justice Sweeney and Mr Justice Johnson, said there were 59 prisoners serving whole life orders by 31 March 2022, including Cozen and Stewart. .

Also reviewing the sentences of Arthur’s killers, the Court of Appeal was told that the child had suffered a traumatic brain injury while in her care in Tustin’s care, which carries a minimum of 29 years to life in prison for his murder. was sentenced to

Arthur LeBenjo-Hughes (Olivia LeBenjo-Halcro/PA) / PA Media

Tustin challenged the length of his sentence for two guilty counts of child cruelty while Arthur’s father, Hughes, who was sentenced to 21 years for manslaughter, appealed against his sentence.

Both of Arthur’s murder convictions were challenged as unduly lenient.

The judges refused to commute Tustin’s sentence, feeling that he should not be given a life sentence, but found Hughes’ sentence unusually lenient and increased it to 24 years.

Double murderer Stewart, 61, who killed his first wife six years before murdering his fiancée, successfully appealed against his life sentence.

In a ruling on Friday, Lord Burnett and four other judges said Stewart was not a case where a life sentence should be imposed, reducing his sentence to life imprisonment with a minimum of 35 years.

Jurors also reviewed the sentence of Jordan Monaghan, who was jailed for a minimum of 40 years at Preston Crown Court after killing his two children and his new partner.

Composite photo of (left to right) Emma Tustin, Thomas Hughes, Ian Stewart, Wayne Cousins ​​and Jordan Monaghan (PA) / PA Media

The Court of Appeal 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 Friday’s ruling, the judges found that the full life sentence should not be imposed, adding that the sentence should be extended to life with a minimum term of 48 years.