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Police officer pleads guilty to the murder of Sarah Everard

Wayne Couzens had previously pleaded guilty to her rape and kidnap

A Met Police officer has pleased guilty to the murder of Sarah Everard, the 33-year-old woman who went missing earlier this year.

Wayne Couzens, 48, had previously accepted responsibility for killing Sarah during another hearing, in which he admitted kidnapping and raping her.

His case was then adjourned, pending medical reports. Couzens returned to the Old Bailey this morning, where he entered a guilty plea to the charge of murder.

Sarah Everard, 33, was abducted while she was walking home from a friend’s house in Clapham, south London on March 3.

The next day her boyfriend reported her missing. On March 10 her body was found in a woodland in Kent.

Her cause of death was later confirmed in a post-mortem as compression of the neck.

Back in March, a judge set the provisional date for Couzens’ trial as the end of October.

This is a breaking story and will be updated with more details.

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