Sarah Everard: Wayne Couzens admits rape and kidnap

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Sarah Everard: Wayne Couzens admits rape and kidnap

Postby Community Editor » Wed Jun 09, 2021 9:34 am

A Met Police officer has admitted kidnapping and raping Sarah Everard.

The 33-year-old vanished as she walked home in Clapham, south London, on 3 March. Her body was found a week later in woodland near Ashford, Kent.

Appearing at the Old Bailey yesterday via video-link, PC Wayne Couzens, of Deal, pleaded guilty both to kidnap and rape.

The court heard he also accepted responsibility for Ms Everard's death but did not enter a plea on the charge of murder.

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Marketing executive Ms Everard had been walking to her home in Brixton on the night she disappeared.

She was reported missing by her boyfriend on 4 March and her body was discovered hidden in an area of woodland on 10 March.

PC Couzens was wearing khaki trousers and a grey sweatshirt as he appeared by video link from Belmarsh jail.

He pleaded guilty to kidnapping Ms Everard "unlawfully and by force or fraud" on 3 March.

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

Four members of Ms Everard's family were present at the court as PC Couzens answered the two charges with: "Yes, sir."

The court heard that he had accepted responsibility for the killing but medical reports were awaited.

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