Wayne Couzens could spend the rest of his life behind bars for the kidnap, rape and murder (Image: via REUTERS)

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Wayne Couzens claimed he "buried" his dad close to the site where Sarah Everard's body was found – when his father was alive and well at home.

The Metropolitan Police officer snatched Ms Everard as she walked home alone from a friend's house in Clapham, south London, on the evening of March 3.

Couzens, who had clocked off from a 12-hour shift that morning, went on to rape and murder the 33-year-old marketing executive.

He could spend the rest of his life behind bars.

A week after she disappeared, Ms Everard's body was found in a woodland stream in Ashford, Kent, just metres from land owned by Couzens.

A camper says he saw Couzens "hacking away at something with an axe"
(Image: PA)

Kieron Shepherd, who was on a camping trip with friends, says he saw the murderer "hacking away at something with a large axe" in woodland three days after Ms Everard vanished.

He later bumped into Couzens who had been "coming and going" during the night near Hoad's Wood and the killer told Mr Shepherd he had just buried his dad, Ray, reports The Sun.

Couzens and his wife had bought a small patch of woodland in 2019
(Image: PA)

Evil killer Wayne Couzens
(Image: Kent Messenger / SWNS)

Mr Shepherd, 35, told the newspaper: “We assumed he must have been talking about his father’s ashes. But he replied: ‘No, I actually buried him up there.’"

He added: “It gives me the creeps to think he was probably going back and forth to the site where he took Sarah.”

It comes after Couzens yesterday pleaded guilty to Ms Everard's murder, having previously admitted her kidnap and rape.

Police found out that Couzens and his wife had bought a small patch of woodland in 2019, in Ashford.

Sarah Everard had spent the evening at a friend's house before walking home
(Image: METROPOLITAN POLICE/AFP via Gett)

Phone data led officers to the site and at 4.45pm a body was found some 100 metres outside the property boundary.

The remains, dumped in a stream inside a large green builders' bag, were identified as Ms Everard's by dental records.

Further inquiries revealed that on the same day that Couzens booked the hire car, he bought a roll of self-adhesive film on Amazon.

Two days after Ms Everard was last seen, Couzens was caught on CCTV buying two green rubble bags at B&Q in Dover.

He went on to order tarpaulin and a bungee cargo net for delivery on March 7.

Even though Couzens' phone had been wiped, cell site data linked him to the abduction and the area where Ms Everard was eventually found.

Not only was his device located there in the early hours of March 4, but also in the days leading up to his arrest.