MONSTER Wayne Cousens faces life behind bars after he was convicted of the rape and murder of Sarah Everard.

Here we outline what his sentence means and whether he will ever be eligible for parole.

Will Wayne Couzens ever be eligible for parole?

Wayne Couzens is unlikely to be offered parole due to the conditions of his life sentence.

This is because anyone who prisoners who are sentenced to a whole life order must serve their time without the possibility of parole.  

They can only be issued to those who committed their crimes when they were over the age of 21.

While whole life orders mean that inmates will by kept incarcerated until death, this doesn't happen in every case.

The Home Secretary may grant release in exceptional circumstances, such as if a prisoner is of a great age or in ill health.

In other instances, the Court of Appeal can also over-turn whole life orders.

How long is Wayne Couzens sentence?

Couzens was sentenced to life imprisonment on September 30, 2021, meaning he will die behind bars.

In doing so he  joined the grim ranks of criminals in the UK who will die behind bars after receiving a whole life tariff.

Lord Justice Fulford imposed the rare order, which just 61 criminals in the UK have, as he abused his position as a police officer.

Sentencing, the judge said: "The misuse of a police officer's role such as occurred in this case in order to kidnap, rape and murder a lone victim is of equal seriousness as a murder for the purpose of advancing a political, religious ideological cause."

"Sarah Everard was a wholly blameless victim of a grotesquely executed series of circumstances that culminated in her death and the disposal of her body. She was simply walking home,” he added.

Where will Wayne Couzens be imprisoned?

It is not yet known where Wayne Couzens will be imprisoned following his hearing at the Old Bailey.

However, it is likely that he could be defined as a Category A prisoner – the most dangerous in the country.

This means his every move will be monitored, he can't share a cell, and he won't be provided with luxuries such as a TV.

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