Sarah's mother, Susan Everard shared a Victim Impact Statement at the sentencing, her words enough to silence us all as she pointed out the unjustness of her daughter's fate.
"Sarah is gone and I am broken-hearted. She was my precious little girl, our youngest child," she began.
"The feeling of loss is so great it is visceral. And with the sorrow come waves of panic at not being able to see her again. I can never talk to her, never hold her again, and never more be a part of her life. We have kept her dressing gown—it still smells of her and I hug that instead of her.
“Sarah died in horrendous circumstances. I am tormented at the thought of what she endured."
Susan continued: "She lost her life because Wayne Couzens wanted to satisfy his perverted desires. It is a ridiculous reason, it is nonsensical; how could he value a human life so cheaply?
"I cannot comprehend it. I am incandescent with rage at the thought of it. He treated my daughter as if she was nothing and disposed of her as if she was rubbish."
Susan spoke of the horrors that Sarah endured and how they continue to haunt her: "In the morning I wake up to the awful reality that Sarah is gone. In the evenings, at the time she was abducted, I let out a silent scream: 'Don’t get in the car, Sarah. Don’t believe him. Run!'."
She added: "I am repulsed by the thought of Wayne Couzens and what he did to Sarah. I am outraged that he masqueraded as a policeman in order to get what he wanted.
"Sarah wanted to get married and have children, now all that has gone. He took her life and stole her future and we will never have the joy of sharing that future with her. Each day dawns and I think, Sarah should be here, leading her life and embracing new experiences. She had so many years ahead of her."
Her final words echoed across the room, and across countless social media platforms in the moments after she finished reading the statement: "The other night, I dreamt that Sarah appeared at home. In my dream I held her and could feel her physically. Jeremy was there, we were comforting her, saying: 'It’s alright Sarah, it’s alright'.
"I would give anything to hold her once more; I hope I dream that dream again."