Metropolitan Police sacked PC Wayne Couzens with immediate effect, a week after he admitted in court to murdering Sarah Everard after kidnapping her on her way home in south London.
The police officer, 48, pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey after admitting to his kidnapping and rape in an earlier hearing. He faces a mandatory life sentence.
A Met hearing has now concluded that Couzens’ conduct “violated professional standards of misconduct.”
The armed officer of the elite parliamentary and diplomatic protection group of the Met was fired without notice.
Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball, who chaired the hearing, said: ‘Couzens has betrayed everything we the police stand for and as a result of his guilty pleas and convictions I fired him today’ hui.
âAll of us at the Met are horrified, sickened and angered by this man’s crimes.
âSarah was a young woman whose life was cruelly taken away.
âI know she is dearly missed by so many people and our thoughts remain with her loved ones. We are deeply sorry.
Everard, a 33-year-old marketing executive, went missing on March 3. His body was found in a forest near Ashford in Kent, about 20 miles west of Couzens’ house, seven days later.
The Met said they held an expedited hearing as soon as possible after Couzens’ guilty plea and conviction on July 9.
During the 20-minute court case, Lord Justice Fulford discussed the possibility of a life order as he adjourned the sentence until September 29.
The police watchdog has received numerous referrals relating to the Couzens case, 12 police officers being investigated.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is investigating whether the Met did not investigate two indecent assault allegations involving Couzens in February, just days before the murder.
Kent Police are also under investigation over their response to a third allegation of indecent assault in 2015.
The Met said Ball, after consulting with authorities, including the Crown Prosecution Service, had decided the misconduct hearing should be heard in private.
The force said the need for transparency in misconduct proceedings was “significantly outweighed” by the risk of interfering with criminal proceedings.
After reviewing the advanced representations, Ball decided that there remained a “real risk” of undermining the criminal case despite Couzens’ guilty pleas, he added.