Should MET officers be monitored 24/7?The murder of Sarah raises questions on how police select and control cops

London, 17 March 2021 – The trial of the police officer who brutally kidnapped and killed the 33 years old Sarah Everard will start next 25th October. A hearing to enter a plea is scheduled the 9th July.

Yesterday the murderer, an old British man who was in charge as parliamentary and diplomatic protection officer at the MET police, appeared at the Old Bailey Central Criminal Court in London to confirm his name and date of birth: Wayne Couzens born in Dover, Kent, in 1972.

Investigations are still ongoing and though, the body has been found in woods near Ashford, searches are also ongoing in the little town of Sandwich, in Kent.

More charges, therefore, could be added to the ones of kidnap and murder as the investigations proceed.

His wife, is also accused of being involved in the murder as “assisting an offender”: Elena Sukhoreba, an Ukrainian origin scientist, has been released on bail after being arrested.

A second post-mortem examination is being carried out on Sarah Everard’s body after the first proved inconclusive, police have said.

The second post-mortem comes ahead of an inquest which is expected to take place in Maidstone on Thursday 18 March. (BBC report)

While the MET announced they are working to a new set of measure to protect women in public spaces (officers in plain clothes inside nights and pubs, more lights and CCTV in the streets, hiring new officers…) no attention has been paid to what culture, prejudice, incompetence, gaps and negligence reign among the MET police and based on what skills officers and senior are selected.

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Couzens is reported to have exposed himself in public days before killing Sarah. An act of exhibitionistic disorder that should have been put under control by the MET. Could the murder have been prevented?

The murder is not only disseminating anger for the widespread and increasing violence against women, but also for the lack of justice and neglected reports by the victims.

The figures from Metropolitan police and the Crown Prosecution Service: rape and sexual offences in London increased by 25% between 2015 and 2020. More than 500,000 cases are waiting to be heard in magistrates and crown courts in England and less than 3% of all cases reported has been prosecuted.