UK police officer admits raping and kidnapping Sarah Everard.

A British police officer has accepted responsibility for killing London woman Sarah Everard, a court heard.

Wayne Couzens (48), appeared at the Old Bailey on Tuesday, when he pleaded guilty to the kidnap and rape of the 33-year-old earlier thi s year.

Marketing executive Ms Everard went missing as she walked home from a friend’s house in Clapham, south London, on March 3rd.

She was reported missing by her boyfriend on March 4th and her body was found hidden in an area of woodland in Ashford, Kent, on March 10th.

The court heard Couzens accepted responsibility for the killing but was not asked to enter a plea to a charge of murder.

Appearing by video link from Belmarsh jail, he pleaded guilty to kidnapping Ms Everard “unlawfully and by force or fraud” on March 3rd.

He also pleaded guilty to a second charge of rape between March 2nd and 10th.

Couzens was not asked to enter a plea to her murder between March 2nd and 10th.

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.

A further hearing before Lord Justice Fulford is due to take place on July 9th. – PA

The Irish Times

The Irish Times online. Latest news including sport, analysis, business, weather and more from the definitive brand of quality news in Ireland.

https://www.irishtimes.com/

Officials fear rising adult migrant deaths amid border influx.

Officials fear rising adult migrant deaths amid border influx.

Agents at the U.S.-Mexico border are anticipating a potentially deadly summer for adult migrants. According to a report from the Washington Post, migrants traveling north are taking treacherous routes in extreme heat. Nick Miroff, a Washington Pos...

Live: Biden holds press conference at the NATO headquarters.

Live: Biden holds press conference at the NATO headquarters.

President Biden holds a press conference. #FoxNews #Biden Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service delivering breaking news as well as politica...

President Biden Holds a Press Conference

President Biden Holds a Press Conference

President Biden is in Brussels for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit.

Israel's parliament approves new government

Israel's parliament approves new government

Israel's longest serving leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, was officially replaced as prime minister over the weekend. CBS News correspondent Ian Lee reports, and CBS News Radio correspondent Robert Berger joins CBSN's Tanya Rivero from Jerusalem to dis...

Pipeline project's impact on Indigenous communities.

Pipeline project's impact on Indigenous communities.

Plans for the Keystone XL pipeline have been canceled, but the impact of pipeline projects on people in the region remains. Indigenous activist and author Edgar Villanueva joins CBSN to discuss. CBSN is CBS News’ 24/7 digital streaming news servic...

'She's a menace': Ari Fleischer blasts Ilhan Omar for retweeting anti-Israel org.

'She's a menace': Ari Fleischer blasts Ilhan Omar for retweeting anti-Israel org.

'Outnumbered' panel reacts to Nancy Pelosi thanking Ilhan Omar for 'clarifying' remarks comparing the U.S. to Hamas. Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassin...