Sarah Everard: UK cop admits to rape and kidnapping of missing woman

Sarah Everard: UK cop admits to rape and kidnapping of missing woman

Sarah Everard: UK cop admits to rape and kidnapping of missing woman

A London Metropolitan Police officer has pleaded guilty to the kidnap and rape of Sarah Everard, a 33-year old woman who disappeared while walking in south London in March.

The news was broken by Channel 4 correspondent, Minnie Stephenson.

Wayne Couzens, 48, a London officer, also accepted responsibility for killing Everard but did not enter a plea while medical reports were being prepared, the BBC said.

Armed diplomatic protection officer Wayne Couzens, was arrested on Tuesday, March 9, at his home in Deal after Sarah's body was found in woodland near Ashford.

He also pleaded guilty to a second charge of rape between 2 March and 10 March.

Everard's relatives sat in the court on Tuesday as Couzens entered his pleas.

Sarah Everard's death made world-wide headlines, and sparked a public outcry at the fact it wasn't safe for her to walk home alone at night. Four members of Miss Everard's family were in court to hear the pleas.

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"Count three, the count of murder, has not been put to the defendant because medical reports are awaited in relation to that allegation - although the defendant accepts responsibility for the killing".

Police in Great Chart investigating the disappearance of Sarah Everard.

He spoke clearly when asked to enter his pleas.

At the beginning of this month, a post-mortem revealed she had died as a result of compression of the neck.

Her body was discovered days later in a wooded area in Kent. There is no suggestion anyone else was involved.

Her death led to several women recounting their own experiences of unsafe travel in the city and thousands of people took to the streets to demand justice for Everard's murder.

A vigil in memory of Ms Everard ended in ugly scenes when the police moved in to break up a large gathering that was in breach of lockdown restrictions.

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