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Wayne Couzens admits murder of Sarah Everard

|News, Violent crime

Police constable Wayne Couzens, 48, has pleaded guilty to murdering Sarah Everard, who went missing in March 2021 while walking home in south London.

Couzens admitted on 8 June this year he kidnapped and raped Sarah and was responsible for her killing, when he formally pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey, however he did not enter a plea for her murder.

Carolyn Oakley, CPS Specialist Prosecutor, said: "Today Wayne Couzens pleaded guilty to the murder of Sarah Everard. This plea is as a result of a great deal of hard work by the prosecution team. The police should be commended for their thorough and tireless investigation into Sarah’s disappearance.

“Couzens lied to the police when he was arrested and to date, he has refused to comment. We still do not know what drove him to commit this appalling crime against a stranger.

“Today is not the day for hearing the facts about what happened to Sarah. Today is a day to remember Sarah and our thoughts remain with her family and friends.”

Everard was last seen on 3 March as she was walking home in south London. On 10 March, her body was found in a builder’s bag in woodland in Ashford, Kent.

Couzens was arrested at his home in March, first on suspicion of kidnap. The next day, while in police custody, he was arrested on suspicion of murder.

The CPS worked alongside the Metropolitan Police to prove that Couzens kidnapped Sarah Everard in south London.

Couzens will be sentenced at a later date.

Notes to editors

Wayne Couzens [D.O.B: 20/12/1972] pleaded guilty to the murder of Sarah Everard on 9 July 2021.

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