Sarah Everard's evil cop killer Wayne Couzens initially told police he had handed over to an Eastern European gang.

The 48-year-old came up with an elaborate story in a desperate bid to avoid taking responsibility for his actions before eventually admitting her kidnap, rape and murder.

Couzens claimed he had "no choice" to kidnap the tragic marketing executive and hand her over to a gang after he short-changed one of their prostitutes.

He made the false claims during an interview at his home in Deal, Kent, after he was arrested on March 9 this year.

The killer first claimed not to know the 33-year-old when he was shown her photo, before changing his tune and saying he had been "leant on" by a gang to pick up girls for them.

Couzens said he handed Sarah over to the gang, who he said were from the "Bulgaria, Romania, Albania" region, near Charing racecourse in Ashford, Kent.

He claimed he was pushed against the front of his car and the gang drove off with "the girl".

When pushed about where Sarah was, her murderer repeatedly claimed to not know.

He told police: "If I could do something to get her back right this minute, I would."

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Couzens then added: "I'll do it again tomorrow if it means saving my family. These guys mean business."

But the former police officer's version of events was found to be "entirely false", according to Lord Justice Fulford at the Old Bailey, as Couzens finally pleaded guilty.

The moments before Sarah's kidnapping on March 3 were captured on CCTV. Two figures could be seen next to Couzens's hired car.

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It has emerged that the killer cop performed a false arrest on Sarah on the pretence of her breaking coronavirus lockdown regulations.

A couple who were driving past witnessed her being put into the cat and driven to her death.

Prosecutor Tom Little said she "must have realised her fate" as they drove 80 miles from Clapham, south-west London, to Kent.

Couzens's sentencing hearing is due to end on Thursday and Couzens has been warned he could face a full life tariff due to the shocking nature of his crimes.

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