Two Met cops and ex-officer charged with sharing offensive messages with Sarah Everard’s killer Wayne Couzens are named
THREE Met Police officers charged with sharing offensive messages with Wayne Couzens have today been named.
PC Jonathan Cobban, PC William Neville and ex-cop Joel Borders allegedly shared the WhatsApp texts with the monster before he raped and murdered Sarah Everard.
The Crown Prosecution Service today revealed the trio's names ahead of their first court appearance on March 16.
They previously confirmed they were unable to name the defendants due to operational reasons.
Rosemary Ainslie, head of the CPS Special Crime Division, said: "Following a referral of evidence by the Independent Office for Police Conduct, the CPS authorised charges against two serving Metropolitan Police officers and one former officer.
"PC Jonathan Cobban, 35, PC William Neville, 33, and former officer Joel Borders, 45, will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 16 March for their first hearing.
"Each of the three defendants has been charged with sending grossly offensive messages on a public communications network. The alleged offences took place on a WhatsApp group chat.
"The function of the CPS is not to decide whether a person is guilty of a criminal offence, but to make fair, independent and objective assessments about whether it is appropriate to present charges to a court to consider.
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"Criminal proceedings are active and nothing should be published that could jeopardise the defendants right to a fair trial."
Police discovered the messages – allegedly sent between between April and August 2019 – on an old phone used by Couzens.
The Met has suspended the serving officers from duty following the charges.
Couzens, who worked in the parliamentary and diplomatic protection command, lured the marketing executive into his car by fake arresting her using his warrant card.
He then drove her 80 miles to Kent where he raped her then used his police-issue belt to strangle her.
After his arrest, it emerged Couzens had slipped through the net despite colleagues branding him "the rapist" following a string of incidents.
The Government is now conducting a review of culture and standards within the London police force.
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