On Tuesday London police officer Wayne Couzens pleaded guilty to the kidnapping and rape of Sarah Everard, the 33-year-old who disappeared in London on March 3 and was found dead a few days later. Couzens is also accused of the murder of Everard, an accusation which he will answer in the next hearing on 9 July. During Tuesday’s hearing, British newspapers wrote, Couzens also admitted killing Everard, but was not asked to plead guilty to this offense.
Everard had disappeared on the evening of March 3 at around 9.30pm, on her way home after visiting friends from a south London neighborhood, Clapham. The next day, Everard’s partner reported the woman’s disappearance, whose remains were later found and identified in a Kent woodland, about 30 kilometers from Couzens’ home. Couzens was later arrested and arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and killing Everard.
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A few weeks earlier, he had been accused by another woman of lewd acts in a fast food restaurant. Everard’s femicide had provoked major protests across the UK, particularly from feminist movements who said the case showed the general failure of institutional responses to violence against women.