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Sarah Everard: Wayne Couzens pleads guilty to rape and kidnap

Sarah Everard: Wayne Couzens pleads guilty to rape and kidnap

Author: Liss Morales | Tuesday 8th June 2021

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Met Police officer Wayne Couzens, 48, has admitted to the rape and kidnap of Sarah Everard.

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

Following a week-long police investigation, Everard's body was found in a woodland in Kent.

PC Wayne Couzens, of Deal, appeared at the Old Bailey via video-link. He pleaded guilty to kidnapping Ms Everard "unlawfully and by force or fraud" and to a second charge of rape.

He did not enter a plea on the charge of murder as the medical reports were awaited. However, the court heard he accepted responsibility for Ms Everard's death.

Four members of Ms Everard's family were present as Couzens answered the charges in court.

The next plea hearing will take place on July 9.