Wayne Couzens is trying to appeal his whole-life sentence for murdering Sarah Everard

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Photo credit: Leon Neal - Getty Images

Former Met Police officer, Wayne Couzens, who was given a whole-life sentence for the kidnapping, rape and murder of Sarah Everard, has applied to appeal against his prison term. Due to the severe and atrocious nature of his crimes, Couzens was sentenced to remain in jail for the rest of his life.

It's now reported by the BBC that a Court of Appeal official said on Wednesday: "An application (for permission to mount an appeal against sentence) has been lodged." He is hoping to have his sentence reduced and is expected to try and argue that although his crimes are incredibly serious, they do not merit a whole-life imprisonment.

At the time of sentencing, Lord Justice Fulford described Couzens' crimes as "grotesque" and said that the husband and father-of-two had "betrayed" his family.

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Photo credit: BEN STANSALL - Getty Images

When responding to Couzens receiving a whole-life sentence, the Everard family said they were pleased with the severity of it and added that while "nothing can make things better, nothing can bring Sarah back... knowing he will be imprisoned forever brings some relief."

Everard was reported missing on 4 March by her boyfriend, who was unable to contact her after she had walked home from a friend's house. Following a week of extensive searches, the 33-year-old's body was found in an area of woodland in Ashford, Kent.

Previously, the Met Police issued a statement that said: "We are sickened, angered and devastated by this man's crimes, which betray everything we stand for. Our thoughts are with Sarah's family and her many friends. It is not possible for us to imagine what they are going through."

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