A disciplinary tribunal determined that Samantha Lee did not conduct “the correct investigative inquiries” into the offenses in which Couzens exposed himself to female employees at a McDonald’s restaurant in Kent in late February 2021.
The two incidents occurred just days before his kidnapping, raping, and murder of Sarah Everard.
Ms. Lee, 29, stated that she felt “completely blamed” for Ms. Everard’s death. And that she had received messages stating that she should have been abducted and murdered.
She stated, “I believe I’m viewed as a horrible individual who allowed a truly abhorrent crime to occur. And I’m being treated as though I’m just as culpable as Couzens.
However, there was nothing I could have done to alter the outcome.
I am not seeking any sympathy. All I want is for people to recognize that there was nothing I could have done.
“It has been a case of ‘let’s enter at the bottom’ as opposed to ascending higher at the top.
Wayne Couzens should be held solely responsible for this heinous, heinous, and horrendous offense.
Ms. Lee stated that she believed the restaurant’s CCTV was deleted automatically. So there would be no footage of Couzens committing the crime. However, Mr. Taylor showed her the footage and said it could be stored on a USB disc.
He told her Couzens’ licence plate was apparent in the second incident’s CCTV film.
There is only one person culpable for everything that occurred, and that person is Wayne Couzens.
“I have never lied.”
Couzens was sentenced to 19 months in prison in March of this year for three counts of indecent exposure – two at McDonald’s and one in November 2020 in Kent where he exposed himself to a female cyclist.
For what he did to Ms. Everard, he was already serving a life sentence when he was sentenced.