Met Police investigate Sarah Everard killer over ‘sex assault on drag queen’

Accuser comes forward to report 2018 incident after sentencing of police officer Wayne Couzens

Thomas Kingsley
Sunday 10 October 2021 18:22
Sarah Everard’s killer Wayne Couzens deployed to Parliamentary Estate in 2020

The Metropolitan Police officer who murdered Sarah Everard is facing new investigations after being accused of sexually assaulting a drag queen.

Wayne Couzens, currently serving a whole life sentence for the kidnap, rape and murder of 33-year-old Ms Everard, allegedly committed the assault in a pub in his home town of Deal, Kent, in 2018.

The drag queen, who was in costume, alleged that Couzens assaulted him while he stood at a bar before suggesting they take part in sexual activity in a nearby alleyway.

He claims Couzens revealed he was a police officer after he told him to stop.

“He went round to my groin and I went, ‘Oi, stop that. My partner’s over there.’ He went, ‘Do you know who I am?’ and I went, ‘Do you know who I f***ing am?,’” the performer told The Mirror.

“I told him my drag stage name and he said, ‘I’m a policeman.’ I said to him, ‘I don’t give a f*** who you are, you do not touch me.’

“After I calmed down a little bit, he went, ‘Do you want to go round the back where it’s dark and give me a bl**job and we can do things?’ I said to him, ‘I’ve told you, p*** off.’”

The alleged victim, who reported the incident to Kent Police following the publicity over Ms Everard’s case, said he had previously feared that he wouldn’t be taken seriously.

“I haven’t told any of my friends about it – I’m embarrassed,” he added. “Whenever I go out now, I stay close to my partner, I won’t wander. I don’t go to the bar on my own now.”

In a statement, Kent Police told The Independent they had been made aware of the alleged incident, which is said to have taken place between April and October 2018.

Wayne Couzens is facing a whole life sentence for the murder of Sarah Everard

The force added that the matter had since been referred to the Metropolitan Police.

A Met spokesperson said: “We can confirm the Met has received a crime report from Kent Police in relation to an allegation of sexual ­assault at a pub in Deal in summer 2018. Detectives are assessing the information and enquiries are ­ongoing.”

The allegation is the latest claim about Couzens to surface following his sentencing for the murder of Ms Everard. It has also been reported in recent weeks that the former officer took a prostitute to a party and that an escort had once gone into a police station looking for him.

Couzens is also believed to have taken part in a WhatsApp group chat with five other officers, the contents of which are being investigated by the police watchdog for gross misconduct.

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