Darren Snow chairs high profile police misconduct tribunal of former PC Samantha Lee re investigations into Wayne Couzens indecent exposure offences

Published: 27th June 2023

Darren Snow recently chaired this high-profile police disciplinary tribunal. The panel reached a finding of gross misconduct following a 7 day hearing and a dishonesty finding. They stated that had Ms Lee still been a serving police officer, she would have been dismissed without notice from the police service.

Former PC Lee faced charges in respect of breaches of policing standards connected to failures in her initial investigation of an indecent exposure allegation linked to Wayne Couzens, the convicted murderer of Sarah Everard.  This case attracted a lot of Media attention and was widely reported. The indecent exposure allegations against Couzens were made by staff at a McDonalds drive-through, who had witnessed him expose himself on two occasions, had his car on CCTV and had copies of his credit card receipts. Despite that evidence no action was taken to progress the investigation in the days that followed. The final incident occurred only days before Couzens committed the murder of Sarah Everard.

Darren has been sitting as legally qualified chair on police misconduct hearings for a number of years. He is a highly respected specialist in professional disciplinary defence work. Darren also sits as a member of the Bars disciplinary tribunal and for several Sports regulators handling a mix of disciplinary and safeguarding work.

A sample of the media reports on this case:

Former Met Pc guilty of gross misconduct in Wayne Couzens flashing probe | Evening Standard

Former Met PC barred from service for life over Wayne Couzens indecent exposure inquiry | Metropolitan police | The Guardian

Met PC banned from serving in police after found guilty of gross misconduct in Wayne Couzens probe | ITV News London

Wayne Couzens: Ex-Met PC in flashing case guilty of gross misconduct – BBC News