Fury as ‘shameless’ Piers Corbyn tries to ‘hijack’ Sarah Everard’s murder by staging anti-lockdown protest outside Old Bailey as brutal cop killer is jailed
Jeremy Corbyn‘s anti-vaxxer brother Piers was today accused of having ‘no shame’ after he and his ‘gang of goblin’ supporters began protesting against lockdowns outside the Old Bailey as Wayne Couzens was jailed for life.
Mr Corbyn told conspiracy-theorist fans that the murder of Sarah Everard ‘proved’ that lockdown laws were only about ‘giving people the powers to execute crimes’ and ‘nothing to do with controlling the virus’.
The former Labour leader’s sibling, a weather forecaster who stood to be Mayor of London this year to ‘challenge the coronavirus narrative’, was then confronted by Miss Everard’s friends and supporters who gathered as Couzens was given a whole life term.
One walked up to him and shouted: ‘How dare you hijack Sarah’s death for your own cause?’ before one of Mr Corbyn’s fans said he was right to be there because Couzens used his knowledge of Covid laws to kidnap his victim.
One witness called the protest ‘staggeringly inappropriate’ while another critic tweeted: ‘Piers Corbyn is an unhinged sicko. What are these clowns even protesting?’, adding: ‘Corbyn and his horrible gang of goblins have absolutely no shame’.
Anti-vaccine activist Piers Corbyn demonstrates outside the Old Bailey as police officer Wayne Couzens was jailed for life with no patrol
Wayne Couzens is the first ever police officer to be given to a whole life term – having used lockdown laws to stage the arrest of Sarah Everard, who he then raped and murdered
Members of the public show support for Sarah outside the Old Bailey in London today as Couzens was sentenced
Multiple chances police missed to identify Couzens as sexual predator
1 – Couzens has been linked to an incident three days before Miss Everard was kidnapped which saw two members of staff being flashed at a branch of McDonald’s in south London. The Met is being investigated by the IOPC for allegedly failing to probe these two separate incidents, despite apparently being provided with CCTV. Couzens was only identified as a suspect after Miss Everard’s murder.
2 – A male motorist reported a man for driving naked from the waist down in 2015. An IOPC inquiry is underway over Kent Police’s alleged failure to investigate the report. Couzens was never a suspect at the time.
PASSED VETTING FOR ELITE MET ARMED UNIT
The Met is also facing questions about how its vetting process failed to pick up concerns around Couzens before he was made an armed officer in its elite Diplomatic Protection Group, which involved him guarding embassies, VIPs and members of the Royal Family. There were numerous clues about Couzens’ bad character, including:
- Couzens used to work at his father’s garage in Dover before joining the Kent Special Constabulary at some point after 2002. The court heard a colleague in that year spoke of ‘his attraction to brutal sexual pornography’ but Jim Sturman QC, defending, said it related to a single incident ‘which is almost impossible to examine now’;
- He allegedly nicknamed ‘The Rapist’ by colleagues in the Civil Nuclear Constabulary – where he was involved in protecting nuclear power stations – because of his inappropriate behaviour around women;
- He used prostitutes and had a fake Match.com dating profile despite being married with two children, his trial heard;
- In 2018, it has been claimed that he was reported to bosses for slapping a female police officer’s bottom at Bromley police station but it appears no action was taken, a source claimed;
- While at Bromley, it is also alleged he became the subject of gossip for only stopping female motorists – before taking their details so he could watch their homes – and parking outside schools to leer at mothers and sixth formers;
- The Met said: ‘Couzens was a serving and vetted police officer when he joined the Met. He had no criminal convictions or cautions and he was not subject to any misconduct proceedings during his time at the MPS. We are aware of no other concerns raised by his colleagues or anyone regarding his behaviour.’
Piers Corbyn, the conspiracy-theorist brother of former Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, even heckled his own brother as he addressed a climate change event taking place alongside the Labour party conference in Brighton on Sunday.
Couzens’ betrayal of his police badge has seen his former boss put in the firing line again.
‘Serious questions’ need to be answered by the Metropolitan Police, the Home Secretary has said, as she backed Dame Cressida Dick in the wake of Sarah Everard’s murder.
The Met commissioner faced more calls to step down amid demands for urgent action to restore the confidence of women in the police after Wayne Couzens was handed a whole life sentence for the killing.
Earlier this month her contract was extended by two years, which means she will continue to lead the Met until 2024.
Speaking at the Home Office, Priti Patel said: ‘There are questions, serious questions that need to be answered by the Metropolitan Police … from the very day that Sarah went missing, I have been, clearly, in contact with the Metropolitan Police and putting forward some questions around the conduct of the potential suspect at the time and all the requirements and checks that should have been put in place.’
When asked if Dame Cressida should resign, she said: ‘I will continue to work with the Metropolitan Police and the commissioner to hold them to account as everybody would expect me to do, and I will continue to do that.’
Describing Couzens as a ‘monster’ and the case as ‘sickening’ and an ‘appalling tragedy’, Ms Patel said: ‘It is right that he has been given a whole-life tariff and with that he can never walk the streets of our country again.’
The Chief Inspector of Constabulary Sir Tom Winsor also said he did not believe Dame Cressida should resign over the case.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s The World At One, he said: ‘Cressida Dick is not responsible for the individual acts of every police officer, including a police officer of the appalling criminal intent of Wayne Couzens.
‘Cressida Dick has a great deal of support from her officers and has led the force with distinction.’
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer also rejected calls for the commissioner to be replaced, telling ITV’s Good Morning Britain: ‘I have worked with Cressida Dick over many years in relation to some very serious operations when I was director of public prosecutions.
‘I was pleased that her contract was extended and I support her.’
Deputy Commissioner Sir Stephen House of the Metropolitan Police told the London Assembly’s police and crime committee the actions of Couzens ‘constitute a gross betrayal of everything in policing that we believe in, everything that the Met stands for’, adding: ‘He was one of us and we need to look at ourselves very, very carefully to understand, a, how was he allowed to be one of us, and what does it say about us as an organisation that he was.’
He said: ‘I know that the case of Sarah’s murderer has raised questions for us, such as on recruitment, vetting and other areas, and we are working hard to strengthen our systems, our practices, and to look at our culture and improve it.
‘We know we have to work to rebuild trust and confidence, and we will do all we can to achieve that.’