UK police officer pleads responsible to rape and kidnapping of girl

A police officer admitted to the rape and kidnapping of Sarah Everard, whose homicide sparked anger and an examination of conscience in Britain on what the police, authorities and society can do to cease male violence towards ladies, reported the on Tuesday.

Wayne Couzens, 48, a London officer guarding diplomatic services, additionally accepted accountability for Everard’s homicide, however didn’t plead responsible whereas medical reviews have been being ready, the BBC mentioned.

Everard, 33, was kidnapped whereas strolling house from a buddy‘s home in south London on March 3. His physique was later present in a forest about 50 miles away in south-east England. An post-mortem concluded earlier this month that he had died on account of neck compression.

Couzens was as a consequence of plead responsible subsequent month, however at a listening to at London’s Previous Bailey Court docket, he pleaded responsible to rape and kidnapping expenses, the media mentioned. Everard’s homicide sparked a wave of anger from ladies who’ve recounted their very own experiences and fears of strolling the streets alone at night time.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised an motion that included cash to enhance road lighting and pilot plans for plainclothes officers to go to pubs and golf equipment to “establish predatory and suspected criminals. Police have been additionally focused for his or her dealing with of a vigil for Everard when officers have been criticized for dragging mourners. An impartial watchdog later cleared the London drive of wrongdoing.