THE wife of murder cop Wayne Couzens has been left heartbroken for Sarah Everard's family and desperately wants to know what led him to kill.
Elena Couzens told friends they had a happy 15 year marriage and said the gun cop never hit her or showed signs of his evil nature.
The 39-year-old said she has no idea what drove him to do it but revealed he had been busy with work through a recent promotion.
Elena, who was in court today as her husband admitted murdering Sarah, also claimed she could see no difference in her husband.
The lab technician returned to the family home in Deal, Kent, after Couzens' arrest and was seen without her wedding ring.
A friend she spoke to told The Sun that Elena, who has two children with the gun cop, repeatedly broke down in tears when discussing the horrific case.
The pal said: "She was crying and she said she wished she knew what had driven Wayne to kidnap and murder.
"She said she wished he had told her what had happened.
"Elena said she did not know anything about what had driven him to it. She said she wished she knew why Wayne had murdered and kidnapped Sarah.
"She was heartbroken for what he did and to Sarah's family. She said she was worried about the children and had to stay strong.
"She said for 15 years they had been married he never laid a finger on her. She said there were no problems.
"Elena said she had been so busy with work because of a promotion and hadn't noticed any changes with Wayne.
"She said they had a good marriage.”
The pal said Elena spoke of her determination to keep her family together in the weeks and months since Couzens’ bombshell arrest.
They added: “She said she had to stay strong for her children. She said if she acted ashamed people would think she was guilty. She said she had to put on a strong face for her children.
"Elena was crying a lot. She said she could never imagine it happening.
"Elena said she wished she knew what happened. She had been so busy and did not notice anything different.
"I know someone who asked Elena if she helped him and she said she never would.
"She said there had been a lot of police at the house and had never spoken to her husband since.
"She kept saying she wished she knew why Wayne did it. She said she was shocked.
"She wanted to stay strong for her children. She was stressed. I know where she comes from in the Ukraine women are very strong.
"She was heartbroken for what he did.”
The friend also said she spoke about their happy and trouble free marriage.
They added: “It was clearly a happy and loving marriage.
“I always found them a very friendly couple. Their children are very pleasant.”
Another friend told The Sun: “They seemed the perfect family. I feel so sorry for her.
“What he has done is horrific.
“Elena has been so strong it’s amazing.”
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