Sunday, October 24, 2021

British criminal justice system not “institutionally wrong”: Truss

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss dismissed claims that the UK’s criminal justice system was “institutionally wrong” in the wake of the murder of Sarah Everard.

Everard, a 33-year-old marketing executive, was on her way home in the evening of March 3 after having dinner at a friend’s house in Clapham, south London, when she was abducted by then-Metropolitan Police Officer Wayne Coozens, who faked her appearance. Everard was taken to Kent before being arrested for COVID-19 and raping her, strangling her with a police belt, burning her body in the fridge, and disposing of her remains.

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Undated family handout photo of Sarah Everard issued by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). (CPS via family handout/PA)

Since her killer was sentenced to life on Thursday, the high-profile case has sparked a new round of debate over police investigations, women’s safety and the criminal justice system’s response to rape allegations – July According to a watchdog report published in – “There is often a lack of focus, clarity and commitment.”

The report said police and Crown Prosecution Service inspectors were “told repeatedly that these cases are difficult to investigate, difficult to prosecute, difficult to convince victims and difficult for a jury to understand.”

Asked whether the system is “institutionally anti-feminist”, the foreign secretary, who is also the minister for women and equality, said she “would not use those words.”

“But what I will say is, as a woman, I find myself walking home at night,” she said on the Telegraph Chopper’s Politics podcast program at a Conservative Party convention.

Truss said he believes it is “fundamentally wrong” for women to be more afraid of going out.

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“It’s something we have to change about our society,” she said.

Speaking earlier on Sunday in east Manchester, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his government was investing in CCTV, street lights, police recruitment and toughening punishment for serious sex crimes, but in speeding up rape claims. “Spatial Difficulty” is and at times taken quite seriously.

“There is delay at every stage in the process. You know the reason – there are all the complications related to people’s mobile phones, the evidence presented by the defense and all that stuff.”

“But, in the end, this is no excuse. We have to deal with these complaints properly.”

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Wayne Couzens, who has pleaded guilty to the murder of Sarah Everard at the Old Bailey, in an undated handout photo. (Metropolitan Police/PA)

In a separate interview, Johnson told the BBC’s “The Andrew Marr Show” that the minister “will stop at nothing to make sure we get more rapists behind bars and that we have more successful cases of rape and sexual violence.” litigation.”

It has also emerged that Couzens was posted to the Houses of Parliament in 2020 as an armed officer.

Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle said this was “extremely worrying” and asked the Metropolitan Police for an urgent meeting.

Param Sandhu, former chief superintendent of the Met, called for a re-examination of all officials as an “urgent” measure to reassure the public.

PA contributed to this report.

lily zhou


Lily Zhou is a freelance writer mostly covering UK news for The Epoch Times.


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