EVIL cop Wayne Couzens is on suicide watch in a super-max security “prison within a prison” – as lags “queue up to get him”.
Met Police officer Couzens is being held in the Special Secure Unit at London’s Belmarsh jail, where he will be watched to make sure he doesn’t pose a risk to himself.
He was sentenced to a whole life order on Thursday and will die behind bars.
While in custody, former mechanic Couzens was twice taken to hospital with “self inflicted” head injuries.
While awaiting trial, he was “plunged into a depression” and stopped eating – with prison officers fearing he “might take the easy way out”.
The Special Secure Unit houses 18 men in single cells, with bare walls and stripped-back furniture so nothing can be torn apart and used to harm himself.
He has also been given special clothes that can’t be torn into strips to make a noose.
Breakfast is a pack of cereal given to him the night before.
Lunch will be at 12 and consist of a sandwich and crisps and dinner – a choice of hot meals – will be at 5pm.
He has access to books and magazines and everything he does or says in his cell will be recorded in a log.
Last night a source told the Sun: “It is a secure yard away from the main body of the prison so the inmates in the high security unit can exercise alone.
“To all intents and purposes, it is a prison within a prison. It has its own fruit garden and planters that are tended by inmates.
“The trees and the planters have proved a great success in giving those held long-term on the wing a bit of purpose in their life – though they are not allowed access to any tools like pruners or shears and are heavily supervised on a more than one-to-one basis by staff.”
The nick was home to Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale – the fanatical Islamists convicted of the murder of Fusilier Rigby outside a barracks in Woolwich, south east London, in 2013.
Labour MP Jo Cox’s killer Tommy Mair is held there, as was hate preacher Anjem Choudary.
An ex-prisoner said Couzens will be “targeted in jail” as “every prisoner is queuing up to make a name for themselves”.
Noel Smith, an armed robber who served 11 years behind bars, said Couzens’ experience in prison will make him wish he had received a death sentenced instead.
Smith said Couzens will be a prime target for attacks from fellow prisoners as he is both a former cop and a rapist.
He told The Times: “He’s going to wish in four or five years that they had hanged him.
“People will be queueing up to get at him, right down to the petty thief who wants to make a name for himself.”
Smith said Couzens would be fearful of being stabbed or scalded with boiling water by other inmates.
Harrowing details of Sarah’s murder were revealed for the first time in court this week.
The Old Bailey heard how Couzens used his warrant card to lure Sarah into his car as she walked home by claiming he was on a Covid patrol.
In chilling footage, the young woman can be seen in the back of his car before she was horrifically murdered by the sick cop.
Just five minutes later, terrified Sarah was driven for 80 miles from London to Kent at the start of a “lengthy ordeal” that was to lead “inexorably to her rape and murder”.
At his sentencing, Sarah’s heartbroken dad Jeremy said: “The horrendous murder of my daughter, Sarah, is in my mind all the time and will be for the rest of my life.”
Meanwhile, police have been slammed for urging women to “flag down a bus” if approached by a lone male cop in the wake of Sarah Everard’s murder.
Scotland Yard have released a new strategy aimed to protect women after Couzens was convicted.
They say any woman stopped by a male officer they don’t trust should “run into a house” or “wave down a bus”.
The Met is also advising Londoners to “shout out to a passer-by” or call 999 despite women highlighting a deep mistrust of police after Sarah’s killing.
But their new guidance has sparked outrage – with many branding it “deeply insulting” and “derisory”.
Labour MP Wes Streeting said: “Apparently bus drivers should stop if someone is waving them down in the street away from a bus stop, just in case, because that’s a better answer than the Met getting their act together?! The more ministers and the Met are saying, the less reassuring they are. Utterly woeful”.
Activist Patsy Stevenson, who was wrestled to the ground at a vigil for Sarah, said: “Telling us that we should scream and draw attention to ourselves, or call 999 to check, or wave down a bus, is like saying she could have stopped it.
“She couldn’t have. This was not down to her. We should be able to trust that a police officer is not going to murder us.”
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Inside max security jail where Wayne Couzens on suicide watch