Sarah Everard death: Pc Wayne Couzens pleads guilty to kidnap and rape

Lawrence Kim
June 8, 2021

Asked how he pleaded to the charge of rape, Couzens again replied: "Guilty, sir".

A BRITISH POLICE officer has accepted responsibility for killing Sarah Everard, a court heard.

Mr Couzens, a police constable whose primary role at the time was uniformed patrol duties of diplomatic premises, was arrested in Kent, England and charged with her kidnap and murder. The court heard that responsibility for the killing was admitted, but he wasn't ask to plead to a murder charge.

Ms Everard, 33, a marketing executive who is originally from York, was killed in March after disappearing while walking home in Clapham, South London.

Pc Wayne Couzens, of the London force, pleaded guilty to the kidnap and rape of Ms Everard at the Old Bailey this morning (Tuesday).

A police officer has admitted the rape and kidnap of Sarah Everard whose killing sparked anger and soul-searching across Britain about what police, government and society can do to stop male violence against women, the BBC reported on Tuesday.

Throughout the 30-minuite hearing, Couzens sat with his head bowed with the sleeves of his top pulled down over his hands.

Her body was later found in woods near Deal, Kent.

A further hearing before Lord Justice Fulford is due to take place on July 9.

A post-mortem concluded earlier this month that she had died as a result of compression of the neck.

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.

Human remains were discovered a week later next to a defunct leisure and golf complex, with dental records confirming the body belonged to Miss Everard. There is no suggestion anyone else was involved.

Miss Everard's death became a cause celebre for feminists demanding more protection for women.

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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