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Sarah Everard killer was accused of indecent exposure in 2015

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Wayne Couzens


Wayne Couzens pleads guilty to Sarah Everard murder Fri, 09 Jul 2021 13:00:00 +0100-Allegation about Wayne Couzens was reported to Kent police, which faces investigation into its handling.

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Sarah Everard killer was accused of indecent exposure in 2015

July 09, 2021

The Metropolitan police constable Wayne Couzens was the subject of a claim of indecent exposure against a woman six years before he murdered Sarah Everard, it has been revealed.

An allegation was reported to Kent police in 2015, who will now face an investigation into whether they investigated it properly.

Couzens admitted the murder of Everard at the Old Bailey, having at an earlier hearing admitted kidnapping her from a south London street on 3 March 2021, and then raping her.

The new allegation occurred while Couzens was an officer with the Civil Nuclear constabulary (CNC). That force has said nothing was reported to them suggesting any problem with his behaviour or conduct.

The new allegation will be the subject of an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct. It said it was launching “an investigation into alleged Kent police failures to investigate an indecent exposure incident linked to PC Couzens in Kent in 2015”. No notices had been served against any officers, it added.

Couzens worked as an armed officer for CNC based at Dungeness, Kent, in 2015 and lived in Deal. He transferred to the Met in 2018.

The IOPC said it was also investigating allegations the Met may not have properly investigated claims against Couzens just days before he attacked Everard.

The IOPC said it was carrying out a separate “investigation into alleged MPS failures to investigate two allegations of indecent exposure linked to PC Couzens in London in February 2021. Two officers are being investigated for possible breaches of professional standards at misconduct level.”

Tom Richards, an assistant chief constable at Kent police, said: ‘Kent police made a referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct in relation to its investigation into an alleged indecent exposure in Dover in June 2015.

“It would be inappropriate to comment further whilst the IOPC continues to carry out its independent investigation.”


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Sarah Everard killer was accused of indecent exposure in 2015 Fri, 09 Jul 2021 13:00:00 +0100-A Metropolitan Police officer has pleaded guilty to murdering Sarah Everard in a case that has caused widespread shock and outrage.

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Met PC Wayne Couzens pleads guilty to murder of Sarah Everard

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Met Police officer Wayne Couzens (pictured top right in the middle), 48, has pleaded guilty to murdering Sarah Everard

A Metropolitan Police officer has pleaded guilty to murdering Sarah Everard in a case that has caused widespread shock and outrage.

Wayne Couzens, 48, kidnapped Ms Everard in a hire car as she walked home alone from a friend's house in Clapham, south London, on the evening of March 3.

The sexual predator, who had clocked off from a 12-hour shift that morning, went on to rape and strangle the 33-year-old marketing executive.

Police launched an urgent inquiry after Ms Everard was reported missing by her boyfriend Josh Lowth.

Couzens, a firearms-trained parliamentary and diplomatic protection officer, wiped his phone just minutes before he was arrested at his home in Deal, Kent, on March 9.

The following day – a week after she disappeared – Ms Everard's body was found in a woodland stream in Ashford, Kent, just metres from land owned by Couzens.

The killing has sparked protests at the rate of violence against women.

imageSarah Everard

Police were criticised over the manhandling of women at a vigil for Ms Everard attended by the Duchess of Cambridge.

Last month, Couzens pleaded guilty to Ms Everard's kidnap and rape.

On Friday, he pleaded guilty to her murder when he appeared at the Old Bailey by video link from Belmarsh high security jail.

It can now be reported that Couzens, who joined the Met in 2018, had booked the hire of a Vauxhall Astra and bought a roll of self-adhesive film days before the murder.

imageJeremy Everard (left), the father of Sarah Everard, outside the Old Bailey, central London, with other family members

At around 9pm on March 3, Ms Everard set off on foot for the two-and-a-half mile journey home, chatting with her boyfriend by mobile phone on the way.

A camera attached to a passing marked police car captured her walking alone at 9.32pm.

Just three minutes later, a bus camera appeared to capture the moment she was intercepted by Couzens in Balham, south London.

Two figures could be seen standing by the hire car, which was parked on the pavement with its hazard lights flashing.

imageServing police constable Wayne Couzens (centre), appearing in the dock at Westminster Magistrates' Court, in London

After snatching Ms Everard, Couzens drove out of London, arriving in the area of Tilmanstone, near Deal, at 1am.

Investigators tracked the route of the car using CCTV and ANPR cameras and identified the driver as a serving officer through the car hire firm.

Couzens had used his personal details and bank card to make the booking, picking up the Vauxhall Astra on the afternoon of the abduction and returning it the next morning.

In the days that followed, Couzens reported that he was suffering from stress and did not want to carry a firearm any more, according to a case summary.

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On March 8, the day he was due on duty, he reported in sick.

The next day, police arrested Couzens at 7.50pm – 39 minutes after he wiped the data from his mobile phone.

In a police interview, Couzens concocted an elaborate story and claimed to be having financial problems.

He said he had got into trouble with a gang of Eastern Europeans who threatened him and his family.

imagePeople in the crowd turn on their phone torches as they gather in Clapham Common, London, for a vigil for Sarah Everard

A gang demanded he deliver “another girl” after underpaying a prostitute a few weeks before, he said.

He kidnapped Ms Everard, drove out of London and handed her over to three Eastern European men in a van in a layby in Kent, still alive and uninjured, Couzens claimed.

Meanwhile, police found out that Couzens and his wife had bought a small patch of woodland in 2019 in Ashford.

Phone data led officers to the site and at 4.45pm a body was found some 100 metres outside the property boundary.

The remains dumped in a stream inside a large green builders' bag were identified as Ms Everard's by dental records.

Further inquiries revealed that on the same day that Couzens booked the hire car, he bought a roll of self-adhesive film on Amazon.

Two days after Ms Everard was last seen, Couzens was caught on CCTV buying two green rubble bags at B&Q in Dover.

He went on to order tarpaulin and a bungee cargo net for delivery on March 7.

imagePeople viewing floral tributes left at the bandstand in Clapham Common, London, for Sarah Everard

Even though Couzens' phone had been wiped, cell site data linked him to the abduction and the area where Ms Everard was eventually found.

Not only was his device located there in the early hours of March 4 but also in the days leading up to his arrest.

The defendant went on to make no comment in formal interview and was charged on March 12.

During an earlier hearing, prosecutor Tom Little QC had outlined “significant” risks of Couzens reoffending if bailed.

He cited an alleged incident of indecent exposure on February 28 – days before the murder.

As part of a string of referrals in the case, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said it was investigating whether Met Police officers responded appropriately to a report of indecent exposure at a fast food restaurant in south London.

 

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Met Police officer Wayne Couzens (pictured top right in the middle), 48, has pleaded guilty to murdering Sarah Everard

A Metropolitan Police officer has pleaded guilty to murdering Sarah Everard in a case that has caused widespread shock and outrage.

Wayne Couzens, 48, kidnapped Ms Everard in a hire car as she walked home alone from a friend's house in Clapham, south London, on the evening of March 3.

The sexual predator, who had clocked off from a 12-hour shift that morning, went on to rape and strangle the 33-year-old marketing executive.

Police launched an urgent inquiry after Ms Everard was reported missing by her boyfriend Josh Lowth.

Couzens, a firearms-trained parliamentary and diplomatic protection officer, wiped his phone just minutes before he was arrested at his home in Deal, Kent, on March 9.

The following day – a week after she disappeared – Ms Everard's body was found in a woodland stream in Ashford, Kent, just metres from land owned by Couzens.

The killing has sparked protests at the rate of violence against women.

imageSarah Everard

Police were criticised over the manhandling of women at a vigil for Ms Everard attended by the Duchess of Cambridge.

Last month, Couzens pleaded guilty to Ms Everard's kidnap and rape.

On Friday, he pleaded guilty to her murder when he appeared at the Old Bailey by video link from Belmarsh high security jail.

It can now be reported that Couzens, who joined the Met in 2018, had booked the hire of a Vauxhall Astra and bought a roll of self-adhesive film days before the murder.

imageJeremy Everard (left), the father of Sarah Everard, outside the Old Bailey, central London, with other family members

At around 9pm on March 3, Ms Everard set off on foot for the two-and-a-half mile journey home, chatting with her boyfriend by mobile phone on the way.

A camera attached to a passing marked police car captured her walking alone at 9.32pm.

Just three minutes later, a bus camera appeared to capture the moment she was intercepted by Couzens in Balham, south London.

Two figures could be seen standing by the hire car, which was parked on the pavement with its hazard lights flashing.

imageServing police constable Wayne Couzens (centre), appearing in the dock at Westminster Magistrates' Court, in London

After snatching Ms Everard, Couzens drove out of London, arriving in the area of Tilmanstone, near Deal, at 1am.

Investigators tracked the route of the car using CCTV and ANPR cameras and identified the driver as a serving officer through the car hire firm.

Couzens had used his personal details and bank card to make the booking, picking up the Vauxhall Astra on the afternoon of the abduction and returning it the next morning.

In the days that followed, Couzens reported that he was suffering from stress and did not want to carry a firearm any more, according to a case summary.

SEE MORE ON THIS CASE

On March 8, the day he was due on duty, he reported in sick.

The next day, police arrested Couzens at 7.50pm – 39 minutes after he wiped the data from his mobile phone.

In a police interview, Couzens concocted an elaborate story and claimed to be having financial problems.

He said he had got into trouble with a gang of Eastern Europeans who threatened him and his family.

imagePeople in the crowd turn on their phone torches as they gather in Clapham Common, London, for a vigil for Sarah Everard

A gang demanded he deliver “another girl” after underpaying a prostitute a few weeks before, he said.

He kidnapped Ms Everard, drove out of London and handed her over to three Eastern European men in a van in a layby in Kent, still alive and uninjured, Couzens claimed.

Meanwhile, police found out that Couzens and his wife had bought a small patch of woodland in 2019 in Ashford.

Phone data led officers to the site and at 4.45pm a body was found some 100 metres outside the property boundary.

The remains dumped in a stream inside a large green builders' bag were identified as Ms Everard's by dental records.

Further inquiries revealed that on the same day that Couzens booked the hire car, he bought a roll of self-adhesive film on Amazon.

Two days after Ms Everard was last seen, Couzens was caught on CCTV buying two green rubble bags at B&Q in Dover.

He went on to order tarpaulin and a bungee cargo net for delivery on March 7.

imagePeople viewing floral tributes left at the bandstand in Clapham Common, London, for Sarah Everard

Even though Couzens' phone had been wiped, cell site data linked him to the abduction and the area where Ms Everard was eventually found.

Not only was his device located there in the early hours of March 4 but also in the days leading up to his arrest.

The defendant went on to make no comment in formal interview and was charged on March 12.

During an earlier hearing, prosecutor Tom Little QC had outlined “significant” risks of Couzens reoffending if bailed.

He cited an alleged incident of indecent exposure on February 28 – days before the murder.

As part of a string of referrals in the case, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said it was investigating whether Met Police officers responded appropriately to a report of indecent exposure at a fast food restaurant in south London.


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– July 9, 2021
Sarah Everard killer was accused of indecent exposure in 2015
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