Moment Wayne Couzens shown photo of Sarah Everard days after he murdered her

Footage of Wayne Couzens being interviewed about Sarah Everard for the first time has been released.

Detectives can be seen holding up a photo of the missing 33-year-old on their phone as they quizzed Couzens over her going missing on March 3.

48-year-old Couzens, who has since pleaded guilty to the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard, can be seen glancing at her image from the comfort of an armchair.

The Old Bailey was shown on Wednesday the clip in which the murderous 48-year-old claimed Romanian gang forced him to kidnap a woman, the Mirror reports.

Couzens adds in the video from March 9, that he has no idea where Sarah was having been told her family are "really worried" about her disappearance.

When directly asked if he knows where Sarah is, the then-police officer – wearing a white shirt and shorts – shakes his head and says no.

Later on, wearing handcuffs as he sits in an armchair, Couzens said he was in "financial s***" and had been "leant on" by a gang to pick up girls for them.

In footage released by police, Couzens claims he had tried to "rip off" one of their call girls and the gang had approached him during another booking with her at the Burstin Hotel, in Folkestone.

He said they later put pressure on him after turning up at his home address and he just "drove around aimlessly and at random" to find someone.

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

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

When questioned about where Ms Everard was, he repeatedly claimed to not know.

"If I could do something to get her back right this minute, I would," he said, but added: "I'll do it again tomorrow if it means saving my family… these guys mean business."

He would later plead guilty to the kidnap, rape and murder of the 33-year-old.

A court has today heard of how Couzens, handcuffed and arrestedSarah in a fake Covid patrol before he raped and murdered her.

Couzens, a parliamentary and diplomatic protection officer at the time of his horrendous crimes, was arrested at his marital home in Deal, Kent, six days after Sarah’s disappearance.

Police had tracked down his rental car – which he booked under his own name three days before the murder.

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The cop used his knowledge of policing to facilitate the horror event, handcuffing and arresting the 33-year-old marketing executive in a fake Covid patrol before driving her 80 miles away to rape and kill her.

Harrowing details of Ms Everard's final hours were revealed at the Old Bailey this morning at the start of a two-day sentencing hearing.

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