Detectives investigating a series of sexual offences in Swanley, have now charged a man.
Police have charged Wayne Couzens, 49 (20.12.72), of no fixed address, with the following offences:
- Indecent exposure between the 22 January 2021 and 1 February 2021
- Indecent exposure between 30 January 2021 and 6 February 2021
- Indecent exposure on 14 February 2021
- Indecent exposure on 27 February 2021
The incidents are alleged to have taken place in the Swanley area.
Couzens was charged on Wednesday, 23 March. The first court appearance is Wednesday, 13 April at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
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The former police officer who strangled Sarah Everard with his police belt after kidnapping her under the guise of a fake arrest will die in jail.
Wayne Couzens, 48, was handed a whole-life order for the “grotesque” killing of the 33-year-old marketing executive which shocked and outraged the nation.
Sentencing at the Old Bailey on Thursday, Lord Justice Fulford said the seriousness of the case was so “exceptionally high” it warranted a whole-life order.
“The misuse of a police officer’s role such as occurred in this case in order to kidnap, rape and murder a lone victim is of equal seriousness as a murder for the purpose of advancing a political, religious ideological cause,” he said.
He described the murder as “devastating” and “tragic” and said Couzens went out “hunting a lone female to kidnap and rape”.
He said Ms Everard was “a wholly blameless victim of a grotesque series of circumstances that culminated in her death”.
Sarah’s family released a statement saying they were “very pleased” Couzens received a full-life sentence.
“Nothing can make things better, nothing can bring Sarah back, but knowing he will be imprisoned forever brings some relief,” the statement said.
“Sarah lost her life needlessly and cruelly and all the years of life she had yet to enjoy were stolen from her.
“Wayne Couzens held a position of trust as a police officer and we are outraged and sickened that he abused this trust in order to lure Sarah to her death. The world is a safer place with him imprisoned.”
The last moments of Sarah Everard’s life were “as bleak and agonising as it is possible to imagine”, he added.
Couzens shook in the dock as he was sent down to begin his sentence.