Wayne Cozens, the disgraced police officer who raped and killed Sarah Everard, is set to learn Friday if he can ever be released from prison.
The former Metropolitan Police officer, 49, was jailed for life for abducting and murdering Ms Everard, 33, as she walked home through south London last March.
He challenged the sentence, arguing that he should have been given credit for pleading guilty to the “heinous” crimes and given the chance to be released from prison as an older man.
Court of Appeal judges, chaired by Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett of Maldon, are due to rule on Friday, deciding whether the full life sentence should remain in place or a shorter sentence before Cozens can be considered for release. Imprisonment for life with minimum term may be imposed.
His case is being considered alongside some of Britain’s other notorious murderers: child killer Emma Tustin, double murderer Ian Stewart, triple murderer Jordan Monaghan, and abusive father Thomas Hughes.
Mrs Everard, a marketing executive, was abducted by Cozens after she staged a fake arrest on March 3 last year, using the powers of the Covid-19 ban, on the outskirts of South Circular.
She was raped and then murdered by the PCs, who dumped her body in a patch of woodland in Kent.
Bringing Couzens’ appeal, barrister Jim Sturman QC said a life sentence of at least 35 to 38 years would be an appropriate sentence.
He told the Court of Appeal in May that the ex-PC did not use his police training as a defence, instead pleading guilty at the first opportunity after his mental health was assessed.
He said Cozens had initially told police a “ridiculous” story about Eastern European gangsters forcing him to kidnap Miss Everard, but he quickly abandoned the lie. .
“He didn’t continue that defense after that moment”, Mr Sterman said, adding that it was easy to imagine other notorious killers trying a “wicked” defence.
“Had he done so, you can imagine the added horror of Sarah Everard’s loved ones going through a trial, hoping that he would not be the wool over the jury’s eyes. will pull.”
Mr Sterman compared Cozens to serial killer Levi Belfield, who made his victims’ families suffer in court with extra violence, or MP killer Ali Harbi Ali, who openly admitted that he had There is no regret or remorse.
Mr Sterman argued that sentencing judge Lord Justice Fulford had wrongly assessed Cozens as having “no remorse”.
“Not only did he plead guilty before much of the evidence was presented, he indicated a guilty plea before the pathology evidence was presented,” he said.
“He didn’t operate the system the way many police officers have operated over the years.”
Prosecutor Tom Little told the court Ms Everard’s killing amounted to “a fundamental attack on our democratic way of life” and deserved a “totally extraordinary” sentence.
“A police officer is in a uniquely powerful position, able to single-handedly make an arrest on one of London’s busiest streets during lockdown,” he said.
Double murderer Stewart is also challenging his full life sentence after pleading guilty to murdering his first wife six years before murdering his fiancee, children’s author Helen Bailey.
Monaghan was sentenced to at least 40 years to life in prison for the murders of her children and new partner, and faces a request by the attorney general to impose a life sentence.
Tustin was sentenced to a minimum of 29 years in prison for the murder of six-year-old Arthur Labenjo Hughes, while Hughes was sentenced to a minimum of 21 years in prison for the child’s murder.
Jurors have been asked to consider increasing their sentences, including the possibility of a life sentence for Tustin, while both killers have appealed to have their time in prison reduced.
The five judges are scheduled to deliver their verdict at 9.30 am on Friday.