Sarah Everard: Wayne Couzens pleads guilty to murder
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Colleagues in the elite Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Group (PaDP) thought the shaven-headed former car mechanic was a bit of a “weirdo”. But they had no idea of the true depth of his depraved behaviour. It appears Couzens had been building up to the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard. Three days before he snatched her off the street, Couzens allegedly indecently exposed himself twice in 24 hours at a McDonald’s restaurant in Swanley, Kent.
It is alleged that police had the details of the car used by the “flasher”. The Independent Office for Police Conduct is investigating the actions of two Met Police officers over the incident.
The watchdog is also investigating the alleged failure by Kent officers to investigate a suspected indecent exposure in 2015.
Couzens was born in Dover, Kent, in 1972, the eldest of two sons. His father ran a car repair firm and Couzens worked as a mechanic for 20 years before joining the police. A family friend said: “The Wayne I remember was kind and thoughtful, so when he was arrested I was absolutely stunned.”
Couzens met his Ukrainian wife Elena in 2006. They have a son and daughter. After his arrest, his mother-in-law Nina Sukhoreba said: “He is a wonderful family man.”
Couzens was an army reservist and special constable before he joined the Civil and Nuclear Constabulary in 2011.
In September 2018, he joined the Met. The would-be sex killer joined a Safer Neighbourhood Team in south London before moving to a response team.
He transferred to the specialist PaDP in February 2020. A Scotland Yard spokesman said yesterday: “Following his arrest, a review confirmed he passed vetting processes.”
Couzens was still drawing his pay up to June 8 when he pleaded guilty to the kidnap and rape of Sarah. He will be formally sacked after he is sentenced.
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