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London: Police Constable Pleads Guilty to the Rape, Abduction and Murder of Sarah Everard

By: Prateek Sachdeva
10 Jun 2021 11:58:20 AM CSMC, Chitkara University, Punjab

Police constable Wayne Couzens has pleaded guilty to the abduction, rape and murder of Sarah Everard, who went missing in March while walking home in South London, reports The Guardian

 

On March 4, 2021, Sarah Everard, a 33-year-old marketing executive, went missing after leaving a friend’s flat in Clapham around 9 PM on March 3. On 10th March, her remains were found in woodland near Ashford, Kent and Wayne Couzens, a serving Metropolitan Police officer, was charged with her kidnapping and murder. 

 

Wayne Couzens, 48, made the guilty plea at the Old Bailey — the central criminal court — in London on Tuesday, a court clerk told CNN. Couzens also “accepts responsibility” for killing Everard but has not yet been asked to enter a plea on the charge of murder, the Crown Prosecution Service said Tuesday. 

 

Sarah’s disappearance and murder caused nationwide protests in the UK and international condemnation of the London Metropolitan Police, and initiated a conversation about whether the criminal justice system was doing enough to protect women and punish those who threaten them. 

 

The outcry was evident during an unauthorized vigil on Clapham Common on March 13 that had been banned because of COVID-19 restrictions. During the gathering, Metropolitan Police officers grabbed hold of several women and pulled them away in handcuffs to the screaming and shouting of onlookers, The Associated Press had reported.

 

The Metropolitan Police said last week that a post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as “compression of the neck”. A Met spokesperson, on Tuesday, said, “A post-mortem examination into the death of Sarah Everard held at the William Harvey hospital in Ashford has given the cause of death as compression of the neck. Sarah’s family have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.”

 

The next hearing is due to take place on July 9. A provisional trial date has been set for October 25, reports NDTV.

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