Criminologist Professor David Wilson believes that Wayne Couzens must have committed offences before due to the confidence and experience he showed during the killing of Sarah Everard
Wayne Couzens’ confidence and experience he showed in killing and then disposing of the body of Sarah Everard means he should be a suspect in other unsolved cases, a top criminologist says.
The way the police officer organised the kidnapping, rape and murder suggests that he has committed crimes before, according to Professor David Wilson.
The 48-year-old Met Police employee was today jailed for the rest of his life at the Old Bailey by Lord Justice Fulford, who called him a “warped” and “self-pitying” killer who used his position in the police to carry out the “grotesque series of offences”.
Prof Wilson told MailOnline: “I am absolutely convinced he is being looked at for other things.
“Everything revealed yesterday suggests Couzens has behaved in this way before.”
He said that he wouldn’t be surprised about hearing that Couzens was involved in previous offences and compared him to the convicted sex offender taxi driver John Worboys, who attacked a series of women, by using his job to prey on his target.
Prof Wilson highlighted the fact that Couzens felt comfortable enough to drive 80 miles in his car with Ms Everard in the back – and he feels this confidence comes from the fact he has done something similar before.
“The fact he did (this) suggests he thought he was safe and that must come from the fact he has done something similar in the past,” he pointed out.
He also picked up on the way that Couzens disposed of the body.
“Burning someone’s remains is a good way to get rid of it. All of that suggests this is experienced behaviour,” he reportedly said.
Couzens, a firearms officer, had finished a shift at the American embassy on March 3 in the morning and spent the rest of the day looking for his victim.
He used a police warrant card to arrest and handcuff Ms Everard, who was walking to a friend’s house in Clapham, south London.
Following the horrendous attack, Couzens, a father of two, burned Ms Everard’s body in a refrigerator in woodland near Ashford and then dumped the remains in a pond.
Prof Wilson said that all the time Couzens was acting in a controlled manner and he was carrying out his “sexual fantasies” which are developed over time.
The criminologist said that Couzens was “clearly” interested in “sadism and masochism” and that his nickname at work was “the rapist”.
As Couzens is somebody who is approaching his 50th birthday, Prof Wilson feels that his past life also needs to be looked at as it is unlikely to be his first offence.