Wayne Couzens is due to appear in court today accused of two counts of indecent exposure, having already been accused of four counts of exposure earlier this year. The alleged incidents, which pre-date the murder of Sarah Everard, took place in June 2015 in Dover. The proceedings are due to resume on Tuesday after being adjourned due to the barristers’ strike last month. Couzens may enter a plea at this stage or the case may be adjourned to a later date.
Couzens, a former Metropolitan Police officer, is serving a life sentence at HMP Frankland in Durham after being convicted of the abduction, rape and murder of 33-year-old Sarah Everard.
The 49-year-old kidnapped Ms Everard as she walked home in Clapham, south London on March 3, 2021.
He told the marketing executive he was arresting her on breaches of COVID-19 regulations.
Couzens then drove to Ashford in Kent, where Ms Everard’s body was found in a woodland stream, just metres from land owned by Couzens, a week later.
Following the anger, the then Home Secretary Priti Patel released a statement saying that “every woman should feel safe to walk on our streets without fear of harassment or violence”.
As a result of the murder, the Met Police announced it would be issuing 650 new officers in locations where women and girls often lack confidence that they are safe and increased presence in key “hotspots” for violence and harassment.