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Day: June 8, 2021

Police officer Couzens, pleads guilty to kidnap and rape of Everard
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Police officer Couzens, pleads guilty to kidnap and rape of Everard

A serving police officer has admitted kidnapping and raping Sarah Everard - the marketing executive who went missing near Clapham Common. Wayne Couzens, 48, from Deal in Kent was arrested and charged with her kidnap and murder in March, and a trial was set for October. But the Metropolitan Police officer on Tuesday pleaded guilty to her kidnap and rape. The Old Bailey heard Couzens accepted responsibility for the killing of Ms Everard but was not asked to enter a plea to a charge of murder. He appeared via a video link from Belmarsh Prison where he is being held on remand. Four members of Miss Everard’s family were in court to hear the pleas. The Metropolitan Police officer was wearing khaki trousers and a grey sweatshirt as he pleaded guilty to kidnapping Ms Everard "unlawfully and b...