Sarah Everard’s sadistic cop killer was deployed five times on parliament buildings in the past year, it turned out.
Wayne Couzens, the Metropolitan Police firearms officer who kidnapped, raped, and murdered 33-year-old Sarah after a fake arrest, was posted to the troops’ parliamentary and diplomatic protection command in February 2020.
And although his main role was to patrol diplomatic premises, mostly embassies, he was deployed several times in the parliamentary estate, which also includes the Palace of Westminster, which is home to the House of Commons and Lords.
Couzens, 48, was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday at the Old Bailey, which means he will die in prison.
He kidnapped Sarah while walking home from a friend’s house in Clapham, south London, on the evening of March 3rd this year.
On Saturday (October 2), a Met spokesman confirmed: “From February to July 2020, Couzens was deployed five times for armed static protection tasks in the parliamentary seat.”
According to Sunday times, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Speaker of the House of Commons, said he was “extremely concerned” and would seek replies from Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick.
He told the newspaper, “Like everyone, I am disgusted by the depravity of Wayne Couzens – and heartbroken for Sarah Everard’s family.
“I asked the Met to meet urgently to discuss how this person could be considered suitable for assignment here.
“I would also like to assure myself that at no time was anyone in the Parliament seat at risk.
“The safety of members and staff has always been my number one priority, so I want to know how this man ever crossed the parliamentary threshold.”
Couzens is said to have been “attracted to brutal sexual pornography” as early as 2002.
The police watchdog previously said he was linked to a suspicious incident in 2015 and two more days before he killed Sarah.
Meanwhile, Scottish Police say they are introducing a new screening test that individual officers will offer to members of the public to speak to in response to Sarah’s murder.
Couzens used his warrant to falsely arrest her before killing her.
Scottish Police said officers operating alone will now proactively offer to conduct a screening for anyone they encounter who appears to be concerned for their safety.
The officer’s radio is put on loudspeaker and a member of the control room staff confirms who it is.
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