Sarah Everard’s killer Wayne Couzens has been sentenced to a whole life term, as the former Met Police Officer appeared in court for his sentencing today. The Old Bailey heard that Couzens, 48, used his Metropolitan Police-issue warrant card and handcuffs to kidnap Miss Everard, 33, as she walked home from a friend’s house in Clapham, South London on the evening of March 3.
He is the first police officer to ever be sentenced to a full life tariff in the UK, following the judge citing the fact that Couzens used his authority as a police officer to trick Sarah into getting into his car.
After Couzens was sentenced to life in prison for the brutal murder, the Met Police Commissioner’s Cressida Dick is facing pressure to resign, after it was revealed the commission was aware that Couzens was nicknamed “The Rapist” by police colleagues.
The calls for Dame Cressida to resign are being led by the Mother of the House of Commons, Labour MP Harriet Harman.
Ms Harman told LBC’s Shelagh Fogarty, she should “recognise it’s best for her to go”.
She added: “It was on her watch that the warning signs on Sarah Everard’s killer were missed.”
“As soon as an allegation is made we need an immediate investigation and a prompt suspension.
“I didn’t want to see Cressida Dick fail but it’s because I want to see the changes, I want to see them taken through with energy and determination. I know she cannot do that.”
In a letter to Home Secretary Priti Patel, Ms Harman has written that the “confidence of women in the police will have been shattered” by Couzens’ actions.
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Within the piece she makes reference to previous allegations about sexual offences committed by Couzens and that Met Police colleagues had nicknamed him “The Rapist” as he made women feel uncomfortable.
She wrote: “It is clear that there had been all too many warning signs about him which had been swept under the carpet.”
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IOPC) is currently investigating The Met for its alleged failure to investigate two flashing incidents attributed to Couzens, which reportedly occurred at a McDonald’s in south London, just three days before he kidnapped, raped and murdered Miss Everard.
The police watchdog is investigating why the Met allegedly failed to probe the two incidents, despite apparently being provided with CCTV.
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They are also carrying out multiple investigations into how the police handled previous allegations including reports of indecent exposure by the former officer in 2015.
A male motorist said he saw a man who was identified as Couzens driving naked from the waist down.
In Ms Harmen’s letter she outlines seven proposals on ways that the police can build confidence following Ms Everard’s murder, but deemed it “impossible” for Dame Cressida to oversee the scheme.
She concluded her letter with the phrase “I have therefore called for her to resign”.