Jury trial for Wayne Couzens over public indecency charges

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ormer Met Police officer Wayne Couzens has actually appeared in court to deal with claims he consistently indecently exposed himself to members of the general public in the weeks prior to Sarah Everard was killed.

Couzens, 49, is charged with 4 claims of public indecency in between late January and February 27 in 2015.

According to the charges, the officer, who was wed at the time, is implicated of exposing himself on Valentine’s Day.

The claims cover the 6 weeks prior to March 3 in 2015, when marketing executive Ms Everard, 33, was abducted from the streets of south London, raped, and after that killed.

Couzens, who is presently serving an entire life jail term, appeared by means of videolink from HMP Frankland at Westminster magistrates court on Wednesday afternoon to deal with the public indecency charges.

Sporting a greying beard, Couzens provided “no indicator” to the charges and chose a crown court trial.

” My legal group have actually recommended me to go to the Crown Court”, he stated.

Chief Magistrate Paul Goldspring remanded Couzens in custody and sent out the case for a plea and trial preparation hearing on May 11 at the Old Bailey.

Prosecutor Tom Little QC informed the court: “There are a variety of plaintiffs in this case.”

Sending the case, the judge stated: “You have actually offered no sign regarding pleas in relation to the 4 matters.

” I figure out by themselves they would appropriate for summary trial in this court, and you chose crown court after I accepted jurisdiction.

” You were used trial in this court and decreased that.

I’m required to send this case to the Central Criminal Court, which you will most likely referred to as the Old Bailey, and stand for a Plea and Trial Preparation Hearing on May 11.”

Details of the 4 declared offenses were not given up open court at today’s hearing.