A London police officer arrested for the kidnapping, rape and murder of 33-year-old Sarah Everard has pleaded guilty to the murder on Friday in a crime that has sent shockwaves through the UK.
Wayne Cousins, a 48-year-old former Metropolitan Police officer, has already admitted to the kidnapping and rape, after he Admission of guilt On June 8, he also admitted that he was “responsible for her murder”, but did not file a petition for the murder, Prosecution He said.
On Friday, officials announced that Cousins had pleaded guilty to the premeditated murder and would be sentenced on September 29.
Caroline Oakley said of Public Prosecution Department. “The police must be commended for their thorough and tireless investigation into Sarah’s disappearance.”
Everard, a marketing executive in London, disappeared on the night of March 3 while returning home from a friend’s house. Couzens was arrested days later, and Everard’s body was found in a wooded area more than 50 miles from where she was last seen. The autopsy revealed the cause of death neck pressure.
The death of the young woman caused a tidal wave of grief and anger in the United Kingdom. On the Internet, many women Disclosed About the gender-based violence and insecurity they often feel during their lives. Peaceful vigilance In London soon after the murder it attracted thousands, but police confronted it with force, arresting four women and sparking a deeper anger against the same establishment that hired Everard’s killer.
at Press Conference Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said Friday that she and her entire police force were “outraged, angry and devastated” by Everard’s murder and “feel betrayed” that someone had committed it.
“Sarah was a wonderful, talented young woman who had her whole life ahead of her, and that was snatched away,” Dick said. “She was so loved, and so many people will miss her dearly.”
It is still unknown why Cousins killed Everard. In court, Attorney General Tom Little said they had never met and were “completely strangers”, according to BBC.
He had previously made up a detailed lie to explain the events BBC She falsely claimed that an Eastern European gang threatened his family and forced him to kidnap Everard.
But the true motive for the brutal crime, if such a motive existed, remains a mystery.
“Alcozyn lied to the police when he was arrested and so far has declined to comment. We still don’t know what motivated him to commit this horrific crime against a stranger,” Oakley said.