Ex-officer joked about raping colleague with evil colleague Wayne Couzens

A former Met Police officer and colleague of depraved murderer Wayne Couzens stands accused of sharing jokes about raping colleagues and shooting people in the face, but he has described himself as an exemplary officer.

Joel Borders, 45, sent a message to a WhatsApp group chat saying: "I can't wait to get on the guns so I can shoot some c* in the face", Westminster Magistrates Court has previously heard.

In another message heard by the court, discussing a female colleague, he said: "She would lead me on then get me locked up when I rape and beat her! Sneaky b**".

The court also heard that he had made jokes about tasering people with Down's syndrome, PA reports.

Borders however has claimed that he was an exemplary officer, saying: "My image was perfect and I behaved perfectly with people" however he had been “naive” as a new member of the Met.

The ex-copper is accused of using WhatsApp to make vile jokes about colleagues.

He denies the charges of improper use of a public electronic communications network, said to have been carried out between April 5 and August 9, 2019.

He faces the charges alongside Jonathon Cobban, 35, and William Neville, 34.

Seven officers were involved in the group chat, titled “bottle and stoppers”, all of which had moved over to the Met from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) in February 2019.

Wayne Couzen’s phone is known to have had messages from the chat on it, found during last year’s investigation into the murder of Sarah Everard, however, no mention of this has been made in court due to other ongoing cases.

Mr Borders' lawyer, Nicholas Yeo, previously cross-examined Mr Borders where he said that he was "well thought-of on the job".

He felt that the messages had been "blown out of proportion", describing them as “jokes” and that they weren’t meant to offend the people they had been made about.

He said: "I was an exemplary officer. I always turned up to work early, I always dressed smart, made sure my boots were clean.

"My image was perfect and I behaved perfectly with people. I know that's me saying this, but I was well thought-of on the job.

"People actively wanted to be partnered with me because I was good at the job.”

Borders added: "I admit that I was naive when I first joined the Met. I had a different sense of humour then.

"But meeting people on the job, being involved in delicate matters, it changed what I find funny. I still have a dark sense of humour, I still laugh at things that maybe I shouldn't laugh at."

Borders left the police in 2019 for matters unrelated to the case.

The trial continues.

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