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Wayne Couzens, 48, had used his police card to arrest the 33-year-old who was walking home on the evening of March 3, 2021, in south London. He had accused her of violating the confinement rules, handcuffed her, put her in her car, before raping her, strangling her, then setting her body on fire in a wood an hour and a half south. -est of London.

He was sentenced on September 30 to life imprisonment without the possibility of release, an exceptional decision in the United Kingdom apart from terrorism cases.

In rendering his verdict, Judge Adrian Fulford had underlined “the abuse of the role of police officer” in this murder “in particularly brutal circumstances”. This Wednesday, Wayne Couzens appealed against his conviction, said a spokesperson for the Court of Appeal.

The case had caused considerable stir in the UK and prompted many women to speak out about their feeling of insecurity. She had also shocked the London police, who had dispersed a tribute rally and were mostly accused of turning a blind eye to the agent’s background.

Another police officer charged with rape

On Wednesday, another 28-year-old Metropolitan Police officer was charged with rape for acts committed on Sunday when he was off duty. He was immediately suspended.

Saying to share the “concerns” of the public concerning this affair, an official of the “Met”, Paul Trevers, assured in a statement that the police had acted “quickly” and brought “complete assistance” to the investigation.

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