PC Wayne Couzens officially sacked by Met Police after murdering Sarah Everard

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Convicted killer and rapist Wayne Couzens has been sacked by the Met Police.

An announcement was made today, Friday, after the former PC pleaded guilty to kidnapping, raping and murdering Sarah Everard in March.

Last month, he admitted his evil crimes the Central Criminal Court.

The 48-year-old, who was part of the force's Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command, was dismissed without notice for "discreditable conduct" at a private hearing.

Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball made the unusual decision to hold the hearing in private after consulting with the CPS.

She said: “Couzens has betrayed everything we, the police, stand for and following his guilty pleas and convictions I have dismissed him today.

“All of us in the Met are horrified, sickened and angered by this man’s crimes. Sarah was a young woman who had her life cruelly snatched away from her.

"I know she is sorely missed by so many people and our thoughts remain with her loved ones. We are so profoundly sorry.”

She added that the hearing could interfere with Couzens' criminal case – despite his guilty pleas.

The former firearms officer will be sentenced on September 29.

The body of Sarah, a marketing executive, was found in woods near Ashford, Kent, about a week after she disappeared.

She was sexually assaulted and strangled.

When her corpse was discovered, dental records were needed to identify the victim.

Couzens and his victim were "total strangers to each other" before he killed her, but they were captured on CCTV standing by a car with its hazard lights on just moments before he grabbed her.

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