Police officer Wayne Couzens pleads guilty to kidnap and rape of Sarah Everard

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Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens has pleaded guilty to the kidnap and rape of Sarah Everard.

The 48-year-old, who is married with two children, was arrested in March after the 33-year-old disappeared while walking home to Brixton from Clapham in south London.

Police launched a major investigation, and her remains were found a week later in woodland in Kent.

They had been disposed of inside a large builder's bag, and had to be identified through her dental records.

Couzens, from Deal in Kent, also accepted responsibility for the killing of Ms Everard at the Old Bailey, but was not asked to enter a plea to a charge of murder.

Couzens 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.

The court heard that responsibility for the killing was admitted but medical reports were awaited.

Members of Ms Everard's family sat in court to witness the defendant enter his pleas, with a further hearing before Lord Justice Fulford due to take place on July 9.

The marketing executive vanished on the night of March 3, leading to appeals from her friends and family.

Ms Everard was reported missing the next day after failing to meet up with her boyfriend.

Last week, a post-mortem examination found she had died from compression of the neck.

Ms Everard's body was afterwards released to her family so the funeral could take place.

Couzens worked on the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command unit of the Met Police.

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