British police officer admits to raping and kidnapping woman: BBC

LONDON (REUTERS) – A serving British police officer has admitted to the rape and kidnap of Ms Sarah Everard whose killing sparked anger and soul-searching about what the police, government and society can do to stop male violence against women, the BBC reported on Tuesday (June 8).

Wayne Couzens, 48, a London officer whose role it was to guard diplomatic premises, also accepted responsibility for killing Ms Everard, but did not enter a plea while medical reports were being prepared, the BBC said, citing his lawyers.

Ms Everard, 33, was abducted as she walked home from a friend’s house in south London on March 3.

Her body was later found in woodland around 80km away in south-east England.

Her murder provoked outpourings of anger from women who have recounted their own experiences and fears of walking the streets on their own at night.


Sarah Everard was abducted as she walked home from a friend’s house in south London on March 3, 2021. PHOTO: AFP

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