Officer accused of Sarah Everard’s murder to ‘receive full pay’ while on trial
Murder suspect and Met Police officer Wayne Couzens is to receive full pay while he stands trial for the murder of Sarah Everard.© Provided by Extra.ie
The 48-year-old was suspended from duty after being charged with Sarah’s murder on Friday, March 12.
In the UK, it is standard for officers on trial to receive full pay until they are dismissed, under the presumption that the defendant is innocent until proven guilty.© Provided by Extra.ie Murder suspect and Met Police officer Wayne Couzens is to receive full pay while he stands trial for the murder of Sarah Everard. Pic: Family Handout/PA Wire
Mr Couzens’ trial date has been provisionally set for October 25 2021, with a plea hearing scheduled for July 9 2021.
According to The Sun, Mr Couzens is paid at least £33,000 per annum for his role as a diplomatic protection officer.
If he pleads not guilty, the officer will receive his salary as usual for the entire duration of the criminal proceedings.© Provided by Extra.ie Protests and vigils have been held across the UK and Ireland following the murder of Sarah Everard. Pic: Leon Neal/Getty Images
Sarah Everard was walking home from a friend’s house in Clapham, London on Wednesday, March 3 when she went missing.
After days of searching for the missing 33-year-old, her body was discovered exactly one week later in a woodland area in Kent.
Wayne Couzens was subsequently charged with the murder, prompting protests to break out across the UK and Ireland.© Provided by Extra.ie Sarah Everard was walking home from a friend’s house in Clapham, London on Wednesday, March 3 when she went missing. Pic: Matthew Chattle/REX/Shutterstock (11799308f)
Speaking to Metro about the decision to pay an officer in full while standing trial, a spokesperson for the Police Federation said: ‘The situation for police is in some ways not different to any other employee who has been arrested and charged for offences.
‘‘They would continue to be paid until the disciplinary process is invoked, the speed of which would be down to the employer.
‘While instant dismissal without pay doesn’t exist within policing, a Fast Track Disciplinary process does exist along with the ability for pension forfeiture, which doesn’t exist outside of policing.’