Killer police officer Wayne Couzens has been put on suicide watch at the maximum security “prison within a prison” he has been locked up in.
Couzens is being held in the Special Secure Unit at HMP Belmarsh – separate from the main body of the prison – where he is being closely watched.
While in custody after his arrest, the married dad-of-two was hospitalised twice with head injuries said to be self-inflicted.
And as he awaited trial he is understood to have stopped eating with prison officers worrying he may try to end his life, according to reports.
The unit has a total of 18 inmates in single cells with minimal furniture to prevent prisoners attempting to harm themselves.
While they are issued specially made clothing which can’t be torn.
Breakfast consists of a mini pack of cereal, with a lunch of a sandwich and crisps served at midday, and dinner at 5pm where prisoners are given a choice of hot meals.
Couzens can access books and magazines, with anything he says or does to be recorded in a logbook.
The inmates in the high security unit must also exercise in a secure yard away from the prison’s other inmates.
A source told the Sun on Friday: “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.”
An ex-prisoner also told The Times Couzens will be targeted with inmates “queueing up to get at him, right down to the petty thief who wants to make a name for himself”.
Armed robber Noel Smith served 11 years behind bars and said the ex police officer will wish he had been given the death sentence.
He said Couzens could be stabbed or scalded by boiling water.
The prison was home to Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale who murdered Fusilier Rigby in 2013 and Labour MP Jo Cox’s killer Tommy Mair.
The horrifying details of Couzens’ abduction, rape and murder of 33-year-old marketing executive Miss Everard were revealed in court last week.
The officer – who had finished a shift earlier that day – used his policing knowledge of Covid lockdown patrols to trap her into a false arrest on a Clapham street, before handcuffing her and making her get into his car.
The sentencing judge said the final hours of Miss Everard’s life must have been bleak and terrifying beyond imagination as she realised her fate.
Couzens dumped her burned remains in woodland in Kent.