Wayne Couzens sentenced for indecent exposure before he killed Sarah Everard

Former Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens has been jailed for 19 months after admitting three incidents of indecent exposure before he want on to kidnap, rape and murder Sarah Everard.

The first of three exposures happened in a woodland in Deal, Kent, on November 13, 2020, and twice at a branch of McDonald's in Swanley, Kent, on February 14 and 27, 2021.

The last count on February 27 was just five days before the police officer kidnapped, raped and murdered Sarah, for which he is already serving a whole life order.

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During a hearing at the Old Bailey, the court heard how the 49-year-old stepped out of a woodland and masturbated as a woman cycled past him in the November incident.

It was also told he exposed his genitals to drive-thru staff at the McDonald's, looking straight at them while sitting in his car, showing his erect penis, while handing his card to pay.

Shockingly, despite being a police officer, he made no attempt to conceal his identity, adding to the view that he saw himself as untouchable.

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His sexual crimes were reported to police going back at least 13 years, yet he continued to serve as a police officer, despite a litany of allegations of improper behaviour in a wide range of locations towards many different women.

After the sentencing, Rosemary Ainslie, the head of the CPS Special Crime Division said: “These offences were abhorrent and caused great distress and discomfort for the victims.

“It is right that he has been prosecuted for these offences, and that he will continue to spend the rest of his life in prison.”

Following his murder conviction, Couzens was charged with six counts of indecent exposure.

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In February, he pleaded guilty to three of the charges after a bid to get the case thrown out due to publicity around Ms Everard’s murder.

He had denied three other indecent exposure allegations in June 2015, one between January 22 and February 1 2021, and one between January 30 and February 6 2021.

An independent inquiry led by Dame Elish Angiolini will consider Couzens’ earlier sexual offending and whether opportunities were missed to stop him before he murdered Ms Everard.

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