A McDonald’s employee revealed today how Wayne Couzens exposed himself to her three weeks before Sarah Everard’s murder.
The woman said she was working at a drive-thru on the A20 near Swanley in Kent in early February when she saw Couzens arrive at the order hatch with his pants down.
The staff member – who said she recognized Couzens from the coverage after he was identified as Miss Everard’s murderer – told MailOnline: “The whole thing has really disturbed me. He casually stopped by the serving hatch after ordering his food and I could clearly see he was naked from below the waist.
“It wasn’t his first time doing this when he came to McDonald’s, but I was the only female employee to report it. I’m glad I took a stand and warned the authorities because it was the right choice. But I never thought he would kill a woman, it’s tragic.’
The devout Christian said she reported the alleged incident to the police. MailOnline has reached out to the Met for comment.
The Met is already under investigation by the police watchdog for alleged failure to investigate two flashes later attributed to Couzens at a McDonald’s in south London three days before he kidnapped, raped and murdered Miss Everard.
The IOPC is also investigating Kent Police — where Couzens used to volunteer — after it was accused of failing to investigate in 2015 over reports that a man had been spotted driving without pants on a road.
Couzens (left, in his uniform encircled with his police belt; and right, in a court sketch) kidnapped, raped, and murdered Sarah Everard in depraved crimes after he finished his shift
Miss Everard’s disappearance sparked a massive manhunt and sparked outrage over women’s safety on the streets
Couzens used his police ID to make a fake Covid arrest, handcuffed the 33-year-old to his car and then strangled her with his police belt.
He seemed to tremble in the dock as he was handed a full life sentence in the Old Bailey this morning – as activists protested outside with ‘Met Police: Blood on their hands’ banners. Lord Justice Fulford said he was a ‘twisted’ and ‘self-pitying’ killer who used his position and knowledge of the Covid-19 lockdown laws to commit one of the most shocking crimes in recent history.
The McDonald’s employee targeted by Couzens in February said of the incident: “I believe the police took action at the time when I reported the matter, but I suppose the question is whether it was appropriate enough?” she asked.
“There was a lawsuit going on, they were investigating it, but maybe they could have done more. I never thought it would escalate like this, and I don’t think the police did.
“I didn’t discuss the incident at length because I don’t want to discount Sarah’s murder. At the end of the day, the focus should be on her and her family and other women killed by men.
“I am a devout Christian and people in my church have supported me. The whole thing was very disturbing. I don’t work at McDonald’s anymore, I got a new job and I’ve put the whole thing behind me. It’s a closed chapter in my life and I’ve moved on.’
The Met has been contacted for comment.
There is widespread anger at the police’s failure to hold Couzens to account for his ill behavior before kidnapping, raping and murdering Miss Everard.
A McDonald’s employee said she was working at a drive-thru on the A20 near Swanley in Kent in early February when she saw Couzens, 48, arriving at the order hatch with his pants down.
Today, Harriet Harman demanded that Cressida Dick, head of the Met, resign due to the Met’s failure to stop Couzens, tweeting, “Sarah Everard just walked home. Women should be able to trust the police and not be afraid of them. Women’s trust in the police will have been violated. Urgent action needed. Must resign with commissioner.’
Diane Abbott said, “Harriet Harman is right. Women should be able to trust the police. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick must resign.’
Rupa Huq, MP for Ealing Central and Acton, has also called on Dame Cressida to go.
Meanwhile, Labor leader Keir Starmer told LBC: ‘There were clearly warning signs, so how did he get through the net? That is the crucial question the Met must now answer.”
The comments that have repressed Dame Cressida after a string of scandals, from Operation Midland’s disastrous investigation into fantasy claims by VIP pedophiles to claims of a ‘cover up’ about the murder of private detective Daniel Morgan and accusations of excessive force against a vigil for Miss Everard.
Couzens – who is being held temporarily at HMP Belmarsh and will die behind bars – has been linked to reports that two staff members were shot at a McDonald’s in south London on Feb. 28. This happened three days before Mrs. Everard was murdered. Both incidents happened on the same day at the same branch.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IOPC) is investigating the Met as it is reportedly unable to investigate these two incidents, despite apparently having CCTV surveillance. He was not identified as a suspect at the time.
The Met is also facing questions about how the vetting process failed to pick up on concerns around Couzens before he became an armed officer in the elite Diplomatic Protection Group, where he guarded embassies, VIPs and members of the royal family.
Couzens was dragged into the Old Bailey this morning to be convicted of one of the most abhorrent and abhorrent crimes in recent history. He will never see the light of day again as a free man