Traumatised McDonald’s worker reveals how half-naked Wayne Couzens flashed her at drive-thru just weeks before he murdered Sarah Everard
A McDonald’s worker today revealed how Wayne Couzens exposed himself to her three weeks before killing Sarah Everard.
The woman said she was working at a drive-thru on the A20 near Swanley in Kent at the start of February when she saw Couzens pulling up by the order hatch with his trousers down.
The staff member – who said she recognised Couzens from the news coverage after he was identified as Miss Everard’s killer, told MailOnline: ‘The whole has thing left me quite disturbed. He casually pulled up to the serving hatch having ordered his food and I could clearly see that he was naked from below the waist.
‘It was not the first time that he had done this when he came to McDonald’s, but I was the only female member of staff to report it. I’m glad I took a stand and alerted the authorities because it was the right thing do. But I never imagined that he would go on to murder a woman, it’s tragic.’
The devout Christian said she reported the alleged incident to police. MailOnline has contacted the Met for comment.
The Met is already being investigated by the police watchdog for its alleged failure to investigate two flashings 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 looking into Kent Police – where Couzens used to work as a volunteer – after it was accused of not investigating reports in 2015 that a man had been spotted driving down a road with no trousers on.
Couzens (left, in his uniform with his police belt circled; and right, in a court sketch) kidnapped, raped and murdered Sarah Everard in depraved crimes after he had finished his shift
Miss Everard’s disappearance sparked a huge manhunt and led to an outpouring of anger about the safety of women on the streets
Couzens used his police ID to carry out a fake Covid arrest, cuffed the 33-year-old in his car and then strangled her using his police belt.
He appeared to shake in the dock as he was handed a full life term at the Old Bailey this morning – as activists with ‘Met Police: Blood on their hands’ banners protested outside. Lord Justice Fulford said he was a ‘warped’ and ‘self-pitying’ killer who used his position and knowledge of Covid-19 lockdown laws to carry out one of the most shocking crimes in recent history.
The McDonald’s worker allegedly targeted by Couzens in February said of the incident: ‘I believe that the police took action when I reported the matter at the time but I suppose the question is if it was appropriate enough?’ she asked.
‘A process was underway, they were looking into it but perhaps they could have done more. I never thought it would escalate in the way that it did, and I don’t think the police did either.
‘I have not spoken about the incident at great length because I don’t want to take anything away from Sarah’s killing. At the end of the day the focus should be on her and her family and other women who have been killed by men.
‘I’m a devout Christian and people in my church have supported me. The whole thing was very disturbing. I no longer work at McDonald’s, I’m in a new job and have put the whole thing behind me. It is a closed chapter in my life and I’ve moved on.’
The Met has been contacted for comment.
There has been widespread anger over the failure of police to hold Couzens to account for his sick behaviour before he went on to abduct, rape and murder Miss Everard.
A McDonald’s worker said she was working at a drive-thru on the A20 near Swanley in Kent at the start of February when she saw Couzens, 48, pulling up by the order hatch with his trousers down
Today, Harriet Harman demanded Met chief Cressida Dick step down over the Met’s failure to stop Couzens,, tweeting: ‘Sarah Everard was simply walking home. Women must be able to trust the police not fear them. Women’s confidence in police will have been shattered. Urgent action needed. Met Commissioner must resign.’
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, Labour leader Keir Starmer told LBC: ‘There were obviously warning signs, so how did he get through get the net? That is the crucial question that the Met must now answer.’
The comments that heap fresh pressure on Dame Cressida after a raft of scandals, from the disastrous Operation Midland probe into fantasy claims of VIP paedophiles to claims of a ‘cover-up’ over the murder of private detective Daniel Morgan and allegations of excessive force at a vigil for Miss Everard.
Couzens – who is being temporarily held at HMP Belmarsh and will die behind bars – has been linked to reports that two members of staff were flashed at a McDonald’s in south London on February 28. This happened three days before Miss Everard was murdered. Both incidents happened at the same branch on the same day.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IOPC) is investigating the Met for allegedly failing to probe these two incidents, despite apparently being provided with CCTV. He was not identified as a suspect at the time.
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 saw him guarding embassies, VIPs and members of the Royal Family.
Couzens was swept into the Old Bailey this morning to be sentenced for one of the most revolting and repulsive crimes in recent history. He will now never see the light of day as a free man