Killer cop ‘must have struck before’ as police urged to look at unsolved murders

Murderer and rapist Wayne Couzens should be investigated over other unsolved murders and crimes, according to criminologists who believe the wicked former cop "must have struck before".

Couzens, 48, was told today that he would die behind bars for the kidnap, rape and murder of marketing executive Sarah Everard.

But the confidence with which he carried out the fake arrest as he abducted Sarah, 33, has led experts to suggest he may have done the same to others before.

Couzens used his position as a serving Met Police officer to stage the "arrest" on March 3, using both his police warrant card and his handcuffs.

The level of planning that went into the kidnap suggests he must have "done something similar in the past", according to experts.

One of them is criminologist Prof David Wilson, who told the Mail Online: "I am absolutely convinced he is being looked at for other things.

"Everything revealed yesterday suggests Couzens has behaved in this way before.

"It suggests to me this wasn’t his first offence. Nobody moves into this type of behaviour overnight – they are a long time in the making."

Before he carried out the fake arrest of Sarah, the cop had been cruising the streets of London on the lookout for lone women.

Prof Wilson said that the fact Couzens risked driving his handcuffed victim 80 miles in his car suggests he thought he was safe, "and that must come from the fact he has done something similar in the past".

During Couzens’s sentencing today, Lord Justice Fulford said: "I have not the slightest doubt that the defendant used his position as a police officer to coerce her in pretence to lure her into his car which he had hired for this purpose.

"What [Sarah] would have had to endure would have been as bleak and agonising as it is possible to imagine. Ultimately she was raped and strangled to death."

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