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Sheffield Live:Police officer admits raping and responsibility for killing Sarah Everard

Sarah Everard death: Pc Wayne Couzens pleads guilty to kidnap and rape Met Police officer Wayne Couzens accepts responsibility of Sarah Everard's death as he pleads guilty to her kidnap and rape
Deanna Wagner | 08 June, 2021, 18:39

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

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

A serving Metropolitan Police officer has suddenly entered pleas of guilty to kidnapping and raping Sarah Everard and has "accepted responsibility" for her death.

The court heard that responsibility for the killing was admitted, but he wasn't ask to plead to a murder charge.

Everard, a 33-year-old marketing executive, went missing as she walked home from a friend's house in Clapham, south London, on March 3.

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

He was not asked to enter a plea with regard to her murder.

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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".

Everard's killing sparked anger and soul-searching about what police, government and society can do to stop male violence against women, the BBC reported on Tuesday.

The next hearing is due to take place on July 9.

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

Police officers carry flowers from members of the public at Great Chart Golf and Leisure near Ashford in Kent following the discovery of human remains in the hunt for missing Sarah Everard, March 11, 2021.

She was discovered inside a large builder's bag and was formally identified through her dental records.

Couzens, who was attached to Scotland Yard's Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command, was arrested at his home in Kent where he lives with his wife and two children. There is no suggestion anyone else was involved.

The police also came under fire for their handling of a vigil for Everard when officers were criticised for dragging mourners away.