Wayne Couzens: Police officer charged with gross misconduct over alleged evidence leak on Sarah Everard killer

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Sgt Simon Kempton, who is part of Dorset Police, is set to appear at a misconduct panel on Tuesday, February 22, accused of “discreditable conduct”.

An officer who allegedly posted messages detailing restricted evidence from Sarah Everard killer Wayne Couzens’ police interview is facing charges of gross misconduct.

Sgt Simon Kempton, who is part of Dorset Police, is set to appear at a misconduct panel on Tuesday, February 22, accused of “discreditable conduct”.

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PS Simon Kempton faces gross misconduct charges. Photo: Police FederationPS Simon Kempton faces gross misconduct charges. Photo: Police Federation
PS Simon Kempton faces gross misconduct charges. Photo: Police Federation | Police Federation

On March 3, 2021, Couzens, then serving with the Met Police, used his warrant card to falsely arrest 33-year-old Ms Everard, who he accused of breaking Covid-19 restrictions.

Her body was later found in woods near Ashford, Kent.

PS Kempton on the Police Federation website. Photo: Police FederationPS Kempton on the Police Federation website. Photo: Police Federation
PS Kempton on the Police Federation website. Photo: Police Federation | Police Federation
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It has now been alleged that after that hearing on March 13, 2021, PS Kempton “posted a series of messages on a group chat in which he disclosed evidence that had been revealed during the hearing”.

He is alleged to have “breached the appropriate standards of professional behaviour concerning authority, respect and courtesy, orders and instructions, duties and responsibilities, [and] confidentiality”.

His actions are described as “discreditable conduct”.

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Wayne Couzens: Met police officer who murdered Sarah Everard lodges appeal against whole-life sentenced. (Picture credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire)Wayne Couzens: Met police officer who murdered Sarah Everard lodges appeal against whole-life sentenced. (Picture credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire)
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PS Kempton was “required to abide by the code of ethics, professional standards of behaviour and various codes and policies concerning the use of digital media”.

If proved, these allegations taken as a whole amount to gross misconduct.

The panel will comprise Derek Marshall, independent legal chairman, chief superintendent Ben Hargreaves, police member, and Jennifer Macdonald, independent member.

It will be held at Dorset Police force headquarters, in Winfrith, Dorset, from 10am and is expected to last three days.

A spokesmn for the PFEW said: “It would be inappropriate for us to comment on this matter while investigations are ongoing and ahead of the hearing itself.”