July 27, 2023 at 9:23 am
A policewoman who called herself ‘Officer Naughty’ committed gross misconduct by lying about her investigation into over two incidents of flashing, a disciplinary panel found today.<br>PC Samantha Lee, 29, was found to have failed to make ‘the correct investigative inquiries’ over two incidents when Couzens exposed himself to female members of staff at a McDonald’s restaurant in Swanley, Kent, on February 14 and 27, 2021.<br>Lee attended the restaurant on March 3 and interviewed manager Sam Taylor, hours before Sarah Everard was kidnapped, raped and murdered by the serving Metropolitan Police firearms officer. <br>Lee was also found to have been dishonest about her actions when later questioned about the interview, claiming that she believed that CCTV at the restaurant was deleted automatically so there would be no footage of Couzens or the offence.<br>A simple computer check of the CCTV would have revealed Couzens was the registered owner of the black SEAT Exeo and given his home address. <br> PC Samantha Lee was told to go to a McDonald’s drive-thru in Swanley, Kent, on March 3, 2021, after Couzens was captured on CCTV flashing two women<br> Lee outside outside Palestra House in Southwark, south London, during the disciplinary hearing earlier this month <br> Lee, pictured in uniform, was criticised for the way she handled a flashing allegation against Wayne Couzens <br>Lee had told the misconduct hearing that she did not know she was in charge of the case and went on leave after the visit, assuming someone else would check it out further ‘in a few days’. <br>She told the hearing that she had been ‘shocked’ after Ms Everard’s murder to learn she had responsibility for investigating Couzens’ earlier offences. <br>And she denied being lazy after being accused of carrying out ‘a lamentably poor and rushed investigation’, failing to acquire CCTV and spending just 15 minutes at the restaurant.<br>But panel chairman Darren Snow found that her dishonesty amounted to gross misconduct, and that had Lee still been a serving officer, she would have been dismissed from the force.<br>In his evidence, Mr Taylor said that he had shown Lee CCTV footage and told her it could be downloaded on to a USB stick.<br>He also said that he explained to her that Couzens’ registration plate could be seen in the CCTV footage of the second incident.<br>For her part, Lee denied that this was the case, saying that he had told her that there was no CCTV.<br> Lee has left the force and set up an OnlyFans site under the name Officer Naughty<br> In March of this year, Couzens was sentenced to 19 months in prison after admitting three counts of indecent exposure<br> Couzens was a serving Met officer when he kidnapped and murdered Sarah Everard<br>Mr Snow, situs slot online reading the panel’s findings, found that Mr Taylor was a ‘credible’ witness.<br>’We find Sam Taylor to be a credible witness and that his evidence was clear.'<br>He added: ‘We find it inconceivable that he would not have shown her the CCTV evidence.'<br>Instead, the panel found that Lee had been driven to dishonesty by the ‘pressure’ of the investigation.<br>’We have some understanding of this situation, a relatively straightforward exposure became an issue of immense pressure,’ he said.<br>In her evidence, Lee admitted that she made some errors but said nothing she could have done ‘would have changed the tragic outcome’ of what happened to Sarah Everard later that day.<br>’I accept that I could have done more around CCTV and evidence gathering, that was errors on my part and I accept that,’ she said.<br>’And as much as I have thought it over and over, I don’t believe that anything I could have done would have changed the tragic outcome of what happened later that day.'<br> CCTV shows Couzens making two trips to the McDonald’s drive-thru in Swanley, Kent<br> Couzens is seen placing an order at the McDonald’s while driving back home following a 12-hour shift with the Met<br> As Couzens collected his food and drink, he exposed himself to members of staff at the restaurant<br> The McDonald’s drive-thru in Swanley, Kent, where Couzens flashed staff in February 2021<br>In March this year, Couzens was sentenced to 19 months in prison after admitting three counts of indecent exposure.<br>He was already serving life behind bars for kidnapping Ms Everard as she walked home through Clapham, south London, on March 3, 2021 and then murdering her.<br>The third indecent exposure incident related to when Couzens exposed himself to a female cyclist on a Kent country lane in November 2020.<br>
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