Police officer accepts responsibility for killing of Sarah Everard
A police officer has accepted responsibility for killing former Durham University student Sarah Everard. a court heard.
Wayne Couzens, 48, appeared at the Old Bailey today, Tuesday, June 8, when he pleaded guilty to charges of kidnapping and raping the 33-year-old.
The court heard Couzens had accepted responsibility for the killing of Ms Everard but he was not being asked to enter a plea to a charge of murder.
The hearing was told that responsibility for the killing was admitted but medical reports were awaited.
Members of Ms Everard’s family were sat in court to witness the defendant entering his pleas.
Marketing executive Ms Everard, 33, went missing as she walked home from a friend’s house in Clapham in south London, on March 3.
She was reported missing by her boyfriend on Thursday, March 4 this year and her body was found hidden in an area of woodland in Ashford, Kent, on Wednesday, March 10.
It was confirmed two days later that the remains were Ms Everard’s.
Couzens, a constable serving with the Metropolitan Police, 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.
A further hearing before Lord Justice Fulford is due to take place on July 9.