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Sarah Everard’s killer ‘was nicknamed “the rapist” by colleagues’

Wayne Couzens and Sarah Everard. Wayne Couzens, the police officer who raped and murdered Sarah Everard, was nicknamed 'the rapist' by previous female colleagues.

Wayne Couzens apparently made some female colleagues feel uncomfortable at work (Pictures: PA/Getty Images)

The police officer who raped and murdered Sarah Everard was nicknamed ‘the rapist’ by women he worked with because he made them feel uncomfortable. 

Wayne Couzens, who has previously admitted to kidnapping and raping his 33-year-old victim, pleaded guilty to murder on Friday morning. Now, as police face questions over whether his horrific actions could have been prevented, it has been claimed that the 48-year-old was often creepy towards colleagues. 

Before Couzens joined the Metropolitan Police in 2018, he worked with the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) where women apparently dubbed him ‘the rapist’, The Sun reports. 

On top of what seems to be an overlooked reputation for bad sexual behaviour, several reports of alleged sex crimes appear to have gone ignored before Couzens attacked Ms Everard. 

Just three days before Ms Everard’s terrifying ordeal on March 3, Couzens supposedly flashed two women at a McDonald’s drive through in Swanley, Kent. 

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is still investigating whether officers responded ‘appropriately’ to this report. 

Despite CCTV and vehicle registration details being handed over to police, the alleged sex crime was not investigated. 

Sources quoted by the Daily Mail previously said the accusation may not have reached ‘command level’, leaving Met colleagues in the dark about what Couzens may have done.

Court artist sketch of PC Wayne Couzens attending a murder plea hearing at the Old Bailey, by video link from Belmarsh top security jail in south London. Wayne Couzens, the police officer who raped and murdered Sarah Everard, was nicknamed 'the rapist' by previous female colleagues.

Couzens pleaded guilty to murdering Ms Everard at the Old Bailey on Friday morning (Picture: PA)
Ms Everard was kidnapped while she was walking through Clapham Common to her home in Brixton (Picture: PA)

Back in 2015, before Couzens was part of the Met, two men accused him of indecent exposure after driving naked from the waist down – but this was not investigated either. 

Since Couzens’ arrest on March 8, several women have reportedly come out with allegations of harassment against the dad-of-two. 

It comes as the sexual predator’s wife spoke out for the first time, telling MailOnline she is ‘just as puzzled as everyone else’. 

Elena Couzens, who has asked the police to give her condolences to Ms Everard’s family, said: ‘The feelings I’m going through, (Ms Everard’s family is) going through much worse. It is horrendous.

‘As a parent, I have my own two children. I do not want anything like that to happen to them. I cannot imagine the heartache that Sarah’s parents are going through.

‘If I had the power to bring anyone back from the dead, Sarah would be the first person that I would choose.’ 

Couzens hung his head as he admitted murdering Ms Everard to the Old Bailey.

He is currently being held at Belmarsh high security jail in South London. He will be sentenced on September 29.

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