Two Metropolitan police officers have been sentenced to three months’ imprisonment after sharing racist, homophobic, misogynistic and ableist messages in a WhatsApp group with Wayne Couzens before he murdered Sarah Everard, but were bailed ahead of an appeal.

PC Jonathon Cobban, 35, and former-PC Joel Borders, 46, were members of a chat group called “Bottle and Stoppers” on the encrypted platform with Couzens, 49.

Westminster magistrates court heard how they joked about raping a female colleague, talked about Tasering children and people with disabilities, and displayed racist views in the group in 2019.

The messages were discovered after Couzens, then a serving Met officer, kidnapped, raped and strangled to death Everard, a 33-year-old marketing executive, in March last year.

Cobban was found guilty of three counts of sending grossly offensive messages on a public communications network, while Borders was convicted of five charges after the Westminster magistrates court trial.

District Judge Sarah Turnock jailed Cobban and Borders for 12 weeks on Wednesday, saying she could not think of “more grossly offensive messages”, but bailed the pair ahead of an appeal against their convictions at the high court.

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