Sarah Everard: Killer Wayne Couzens should not get pension, London mayor says

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has urged the government to ensure the killer of Sarah Everard is not given any pension rights.

Wayne Couzens, 48, was convicted of kidnapping and murdering the 33-year-old marketing executive in March.

Mr Khan said it was “abhorrent” that the Metropolitan Police officer should benefit financially from his crime.

He said he had written to Home Secretary Priti Patel to make sure the “law is fit for purpose” in this case.

Ms Everard, who was walking home from a friend's house in Clapham, south London, when she disappeared on 3 March. Her body was discovered in Kent a week later, and Couzens was arrested and charged with her murder.

At the Old Bailey, Couzens admitted kidnap and the manslaughter of Ms Everard, but denied murder.

The Mayor said: “It is abhorrent to think that Wayne Couzens could benefit financially from the crime he committed against Sarah Everard.

“I have written to the Home Secretary to urge her to ensure that the law is fit for purpose and that this cannot happen.

“We owe it to Sarah, her family, and all victims of crime to make sure that justice is done.”

It is understood that Couzens, who was suspended from duty with the Met, had been earning about £60,000 a year.

He will be sentenced for the offences next month.