Sadly, we cannot turn the clock back and now save Sarah Everard, who was raped and murdered by the scumbag, Wayne Couzens, who was an off duty police officer and used his position to falsely arrest Sarah and abduct her. He then took her away and then raped and murdered her. How he disposed of the body is just too upsetting for me to describe or write about.
To say that Couzens is a man is the wrong description; he is a monster.
Despite the acrimony between myself and my daughter, if someone had done that to my little girl, I would have sought him out and torn him limb from limb and I would not have cared what the police or the justice system did to me.
But, let us go back to when Couzens indecently exposed himself and was arrested. As a police officer, I am sure that there was a “nod and a wink” between officers and let off. If he had been formally arrested and charged, maybe, just maybe, Sarah’s life would have been saved.
95% of the blame lies with Couzens but the remainder lies with the police. As far as I know, there has been no action whatsoever against any police officer and that is scandalous.
We all know that when the police cock up, they close ranks. Just try and make a complaint against any officer and you will get nowhere. I have tried with the PSDs of many forces and the Independent Police Complaints authority. Neither the PSDs or the so called IPC are independent and unless there is a media exposure and you are an ordinary bloke or woman, you will get absolutely nowhere.
As far as I am concerned, Cressida Dick’s position was untenable as the responsibility of police officers’ actions, on or off duty, lies firmly and squarely with her. Before an officer is employed, they should apply as much enthusiasm to the vetting of potential officers as finding criminals
But, as Couzens has been caught and pleaded guilty, all of the media are concentrating on the retribution, not what led to her horrendous murder and rape. The police have got away with it yet again. How many times do the police have to foul up before they are firmly held to account for their errors. How many innocent people have to die before people take notice?