It took less than five minutes to kidnap Sarah Everard from a relatively well lit street in a busy London suburb in March.
She was approached by a police officer. He had a warrant card proving he was one. He told her she'd broken COVID-19 lockdown rules before handcuffing her and putting her in his car, a court heard.
To a witness in a passing vehicle, it just looked like an arrest from an undercover officer. They assumed the 33-year-old must've done something wrong.
Why would Sarah resist?
This man did not appear to be a 'monster', a creeper or a stranger who had been throwing prickly pickup lines her way. He was an officer of the law, someone she'd been taught to trust.
That officer was Wayne Couzens, who is about to be sentenced for her rape and murder in London's Central Criminal Court.
He was a police officer, but he was not 'arresting' her on March 3 in any legal capacity. And the car he bundled her into was a hire vehicle, one that the prosecution told the court was rented for the sole purpose of kidnapping a lone woman.
Watch: Former DCI Simon Harding, says Wayne Couzens “should never have been near a uniform”. Post continues after video.
Long before we knew the horrific details of this case, and Sarah's final moments, her story had captured global headlines.
She had been walking home from a friend's house in Clapham just after 9pm. She never made it home to nearby Brixton and a nationwide search began.
In court we learnt Sarah was handcuffed at 9:34pm. Four minutes later she was being driven to Dover where Couzens transferred her to his own car. He then drove to a remote rural area where he raped her. Then murdered her.
These details, this story, it changes everything for women.
She was not forced or pushed or snatched like we originally assumed. She would have been terrified, but because she thought she'd done something wrong and was about to see the inside of a jail cell. Not because she thought she was about to lose her life.
As women we are always on alert for men. Especially at night while walking alone.
By all accounts Sarah was intelligent, savvy and streetwise. She wouldn't have just gotten into a car with someone she didn't know, the court heard.