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British police officer admits kidnapping, raping woman

A London court heard Tuesday that Wayne Couzens, 48, accepted responsibility for the death of Sarah Everard though he was not asked to enter a murder plea.
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LONDON, UK — A British police officer has pleaded guilty to the kidnap and rape of a woman as she walked home in south London and whose body was found a week later in the woods. 

A court at London’s Old Bailey heard Tuesday that Wayne Couzens, 48, accepted responsibility for the death of Sarah Everard though he was not asked to enter a plea to a charge of murder.

Medical reports of the Metropolitan Police officer, who appeared by video link from Belmarsh prison, are being prepared. 

Another hearing will be on July 9. 

Everard, a 33-year-old marketing executive, went missing as she walked home from a friend’s house in south London on March 3.