Wayne Couzens: All the missed alternatives to catch Sarah Everard’s killer missed by Met and Kent police | EUROtoday

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A collection of pink flags had been missed about killer Wayne Couzens that meant he was capable of stay an armed police officer regardless of being a serial intercourse offender, a damning report has discovered.

The Home Office-commissioned report discovered that Couzens’s historical past of alleged sexual offending and choice for excessive violent pornography dated again almost 20 years earlier than Sarah Everard’s homicide.

Couzens kidnapped, raped and murdered 33-year-old advertising government Sarah Everard in March 2021, earlier than burning and dumping her physique close to Dover.

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The report discovered Couzens may have been sacked if vetting and investigations into indecent publicity reviews through the years had been extra thorough.

It didn’t make any conclusive discovering that Miss Everard’s homicide may have been prevented. So what had been the important thing alternatives police missed to catch Couzens?

Couzens kidnapped, raped and murdered 33-year-old advertising government Sarah Everard in March 2021

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Allegations of indecent publicity

Couzens confronted a string of allegations of indecent publicity through the years, with two investigations in 2015 and 2021 of “poor quality” which had been “destined to fail from the start”, the report discovered.

In November 2008 Couzens uncovered himself to a lady in south London, and whereas the offence was reported on the time no suspect was recognized.

In 2015, whereas working for the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, Couzens once more uncovered himself however regardless of the victims offering police along with his automobile registration, he was by no means arrested or charged.

Inquiry chairwoman Lady Elish Angiolini makes a press release after the primary report from the Angiolini Inquiry

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By failing to research the 2015 case adequately, Kent Police doubtlessly missed a really vital alternative to disrupt Couzens’ offending profession, the report discovered.

Allegations of kid sexual assault

He was accused of getting sexually assaulted a toddler “barely in her teens” whereas in his early 20s, and the inquiry recognized 4 extra victims who had not reported sexual crimes to the police, and it’s feared there could also be extra.

It mentioned that there have been additionally allegations that he possessed indecent photographs of kids.

Allegations of different rape and assault

At some level between late 2006 and early 2007 Couzens is suspected of raping a lady at a singles evening at a bar in east London. The sufferer once more got here ahead after the homicide of Miss Everard.

The report didn’t make any conclusive discovering that Miss Everard’s homicide may have been prevented

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There was one other allegation of rape in October 2019 which passed off underneath a bridge in London. In the summer season of 2019, Couzens additionally sexually assaulted a person in a bar in Kent.

When the sufferer remonstrated with him, Couzens mentioned he was a police officer and invited him exterior to carry out a intercourse act. The man additionally got here ahead to police following Couzens’ arrest for the homicide of Miss Everard.

Pornography and indecent photographs

In his early twenties, Couzens was alleged to have thought of it acceptable to play a pornographic video for associates to observe, the report discovered.

During his volunteer service with the Territorial Army in his thirties, Couzens additionally confirmed pornographic materials, together with a girls being penetrated by an animal, to his colleagues.

High ranges of debt

Couzens, who turned a particular constable for Kent Police in 2002, failed vetting to grow to be an everyday officer in 2008, however was allowed to stay as a particular with all the identical powers as an everyday constable and was permitted to work alone.

When he joined the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, an outdoor pressure – Thames Valley Police – carried out vetting and located that he shouldn’t be recruited, consistent with guidelines round officers with heavy private money owed, however this was ignored.

In 2018, when he joined the Metropolitan Police, a search of the Police National Database, an intelligence database, discovered “no trace”.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/sarah-everard-wayne-couzens-met-b2504550.html