Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens has pleaded guilty to the murder of 33-year-old Sarah Everard, and is facing a life sentence.
Everard was walking home alone from a friend’s place when she was kidnapped by Couzens, who proceeded to rape and murder her. The case caused shock and outrage in the UK and abroad, after which many women spoke up about the sexual violence they face.
The armed officer had previously admitted to rape and kidnap, but was not yet charged for murder due to pending psychiatric reports. Today, he pleaded guilty to her murder.
“All of us are sickened, maddened and devastated by this man’s crimes,” Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said.
The 48-year-old parliamentary and diplomatic protection officer raped and strangled Everard after clocking off from a 12-hour shift.
The news had reached Malta, which has its own horrific experiences with sexual assault.
Just two months after Everard was raped and murdered, a Maltese police officer was charged with raping a girl after she called the police for help in Qawra last April.
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