Sarah Everard: The Met condemns the killer, but there are still unanswered questions.
Sarah Everard was brutally murdered by a serving officer, leaving police “sickened, outraged, and devastated.”
The Metropolitan Police Department issued an emotional statement condemning Wayne Couzens for betraying it and other police departments across the country. Insiders claim his heinous crimes have shattered the credibility of the UK’s most powerful police force, which will take a long time to recover. “We are appalled, enraged, and devastated by this man’s acts, which undermine everything we stand for,” Scotland Yard said yesterday. Sarah’s family and friends are in our thoughts. We can’t begin to comprehend what they are going through.” Couzens, 48, was accused of indecent exposure just days before his death, and the Metropolitan Police Service is under fire for failing to take the claims seriously.
The trained marksman, dubbed “The Rapist” by colleagues because of his strange appearance, was accused of the same offence while working for the Civil and Nuclear Constabulary in Kent in 2015. An investigation has been begun by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
Couzens joined the CNC in 2011 after 20 years as a mechanic in Dover, Kent, with his father. He joined the Met in 2018, and last year was transferred to the elite armed Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command.
Couzens was part of a 14-man team in London that was in charge of guarding foreign embassies and diplomatic facilities.
He was given a police issue belt and a pair of hard handcuffs, which he used to hold Sarah after she was wrongfully arrested.