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Sarah Everard’s dad tells Wayne Couzens to ‘look at me’ as he spoke in court

Sarah Everard's dad told his daughter's sick killer to look at him as he read a statement in court.

Wayne Couzens was told by his victim's family that they have been left "tortured" by the way he took the life of their "precious little girl".

The serving police officer told Sarah, 33, that she was under arrest as she walked home from a friend place in Clapham, south London on March 3 this year.

After getting Sarah into a hire car, Couzens drove to Kent where he raped and strangled her.

The trial for her murder is ongoing at The Old Bailey where Sarah's dad Jeremy Everard asked on Wednesday, for a "photograph of my beautiful daughter" to be put on screen as he read a statement, saying: "She also had a beautiful mind."

He then asked the judge: "Can I ask for Mr Couzens to face me? Mr Couzens, please look at me."

Couzens appeared to be sobbing behind his mask and was shaking as he looked up for the first time in the hearing, the Mirror reports.

When Sarah's sister Katie Everard stood up she also asked Couzens: "Can you please look at me."

In a heartbreaking victim impact statement, Sarah's mother Susan told how she had kept her youngest child's dressing gown still smells of her and said their family will never be the same again.

She says she has dreamt of her daughter and every night at the time she was taken by Couzens she lets out a silent scream of: "Don't get in the car, Sarah. Don't believe him. Run!"

Sarah's mother said the family waited two agonising days after her body was found to discover how she died.

She said she feared her daughter had been set on fire before she died and said the burning of her body was the "final insult" and meant they could "never see her sweet face and never say goodbye."

In his statement, Sarah's father Jeremy said his daughter's killing was in his mind all of the time.

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He said: "A father wants to look after his children and fix everything and you have deliberately and with premeditation stopped my ability to do that. We did not know whether you had burnt her alive or dead. You stopped us seeing Sarah for one last time and stopped me from giving my daughter one last kiss goodbye.

"No punishment that you receive will ever compare to the pain and torture that you have inflicted on us."

Sarah's sister Katie heartbreakingly told how the family had to visit Sarah's home to pack up her whole life and found "signs of a life waiting to be lived.

If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 08 08 16 89 111 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.

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