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Wayne Couzens sentenced for sexual offences

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Wayne Couzens has been sentenced to 19 months' imprisonment after pleading guilty to three offences of exposure.  

The offences occurred on 13 November 2020, 14 February 2021 and 27 February 2021.

Couzens, 50, is currently serving a whole-life sentence for the rape and murder of Sarah Everard.

Rosemary Ainslie, Head of the CPS Special Crime Division, said: “Couzens repeatedly targeted women to expose himself to on multiple occasions. 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.”

On 13 November 2020, Couzens exposed himself to a cyclist. The witness reported the incident online to Kent Police and provided a description of Couzens. After seeing pictures of Couzens on the news related to the disappearance of Sarah Everard, she contacted the police again and identified him as the person who exposed himself to her.

The second offence occurred on 14 February 2021, where Couzens exposed himself to two workers at a McDonalds drive-through. He then exposed himself to another worker at the same drive-through on 27 February 2021. Both incidents were caught on CCTV footage.

At the time of these offences, Couzens was a serving Police officer with the Metropolitan Police and had no previous convictions or cautions.

Notes to editors

  • Wayne Couzens [DOB: 20/12/1972] has been sentenced to 19 months' imprisonment for three offences of exposure contrary to s66 Sexual Offences Act 2003.

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