Selasa, 08 Juni 2021

London police officer pleads guilty to kidnap and rape of Sarah Everard - 9News

A London Metropolitan Police officer has pleaded guilty to the kidnap and rape of Sarah Everard, a 33-year old woman who disappeared while walking in south London in March, the PA news agency reported Tuesday.

Wayne Couzens, 48, made the guilty plea at the Old Bailey - the central criminal court - in London on Tuesday.

Everard disappeared on March 3 while walking in Clapham, south London, prompting an extensive police search in the area.

Her remains were eventually found more than 50 miles from where she was last seen.

Sarah Everard went missing after leaving a friend's house.
Sarah Everard went missing after leaving a friend's house. (Metropolitan Police)

Couzens, a police constable whose primary role at the time was uniformed patrol duties of diplomatic premises, was arrested in Kent, England and charged with Everard's kidnap and murder.

Everard's disappearance prompted thousands of women in the United Kingdom and around the world to share their own experiences of intimidation or harassment while walking alone at night.

Many also exchanged notes on the habitual precautions they take to try to stay safe when they walk alone - like clutching keys between their knuckles, pretending to talk to someone on the phone, or not wearing headphones at night - and voiced their anger and frustration that it feels like a necessary step.

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2021-06-08 09:53:29Z

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