Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens has pleaded guilty to the kidnap and rape of Sarah Everard. The 48-year-old, who is married with two children, was arrested in March after the 33-year-old disappeared while walking home to Brixton from Clapham in south London. Police launched a major investigation, and her remains were found a week later in woodland in Kent. They had been disposed of inside a large builder’s bag, and had to be identified through her dental records. Couzens, from Deal in Kent, also accepted responsibility for the killing of Ms Everard at the Old Bailey, but was not asked to enter a plea to a charge of murder. 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 March 3. He also pleaded guilty to a second charge of rape between March 2 and 10. Couzens was not asked to enter a plea to her murder between March 2 and 10. The defendant said: “Guilty, sir” when asked for his plea to the first two charges. Members of Ms Everard’s family sat in court to witness the… Read full this story
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