Despite Couzens initially claiming that he abducted the 33-year-old on the orders of an Eastern European gang, Mr Sturman QC said “he did not continue with that defence after that moment”.
Mr Sturman QC told a panel of five senior judges, including the Lord Chief Justice, that Couzens could have used his knowledge as a police officer to run a “false defence” but did not, saving Miss Everard’s family further “hurt”.
“The fact is that he did not try to play the system that many police officers have done over the years,” Mr Sturman QC told the court.
Couzens is yet to provide police, or Miss Everard’s family, with a full account of what happened on the night he abducted and killed her.
Special hearing in Court of Appeal
The evidence was heard as part of a unique hearing in the Court of Appeal where judges considered the sentences of five killers. When handed down, the judgment could set a new precedent on how and when judges can issue life sentences.
Tom Little QC, representing the Attorney General, told the court that in all the cases either a whole-life order or a life sentence was imposed and was being challenged, or it was not and the Attorney General was seeking one.
Lawyers for Emma Tustin and Thomas Hughes, who abused Arthur during the first lockdown in June 2020, also sought a reduction in their sentences.