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A London Cop Has Pleaded Guilty To Murdering British Woman Sarah Everard

A London Cop Has Pleaded Guilty

The London police officer arrested for the kidnapping, rape, and killing of 33-year-old Sarah Everard pleaded guilty to her murder on Friday in a crime that sent shockwaves through the UK.

Wayne Couzens, the 48-year-old former Metropolitan Police officer, had already admitted to kidnapping and rape, having pleaded guilty to the charges on June 8. At the time, he also admitted he “was responsible for her killing,” but did not enter a plea on the murder charge, prosecutors said.

On Friday, officials announced Couzens had pleaded guilty to murder and will be sentenced on Sept. 29.

“This plea is as a result of a great deal of hard work by the prosecution team,” said Carolyn Oakley of the Crown Prosecution Service. “The police should be commended for their thorough and tireless investigation into Sarah’s disappearance.”

Everard, a London-based marketing executive, disappeared on the night of March 3 while walking 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’d last been seen. An autopsy revealed the cause of death to be compression of the neck.

The young woman’s death set off a tidal wave of grief and anger in the UK. Online, many women spoke out about gendered violence and the lack of safety they often feel just going about their lives. A peaceful vigil in London held shortly after the murder drew thousands, but police met it with force, arresting four women and igniting even deeper fury against the same institution that employed Everard’s killer.

In a press conference on Friday, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said she and the entire police force are “sickened, angered, and devastated” by Everard’s murder and “feel betrayed” that it was committed by one of their own.

“Sarah was a fantastic, talented young woman with her whole life ahead of her, and that has been snatched away,” Dick said. “She was hugely loved, and she will be sorely missed by so very many people.”

It is still unknown why Couzens murdered Everard. In court, prosecutor Tom Little said they had never met and were “total strangers to each other,” according to the BBC.

He had previously concocted an elaborate lie to explain the events, the BBC reported, falsely claiming 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 even exists, remains a mystery.

“Couzens lied to the police when he was arrested and to date, he has refused to comment,” Oakley said. “We still do not know what drove him to commit this appalling crime against a stranger.”

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Joanna Lumley's son had letters that pleaded with her to rescue him 'taken by teacher'

Joanna Lumley, 74, opened up about the “biggest pain” in her heart after telling a tear-jerking story about her son’s experience at boarding school. Following her casting in British TV series The New Avengers in 1976, she had to send her son Jamie to boarding school due to being a “single parent” and not being able to commit to the specific filming days.
“But I made a pact with him,” she said in a recent chat with Esther Rantzen on her That’s After Life! podcast.

“I said, “Look, if you hate it, just write to me and say you hate it and I’ll come and sweep you away, it doesn’t matter at all.'”

But sadly Joanna continued to believe Jamie was loving life where he was studying.

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“He wrote me letters but I discovered much later that the headmaster had taken all the letters,” the actress claimed.

“The boys had to give all their letters to the headmaster before they were sealed up and posted and he was made to rewrite the ones that said, ‘Please take me away.'”

The star began to choke up as she remembered the guilt she felt after finding out Jamie was desperate to come home.

“He could never get the message through to me, so I never knew and I could never take him away,” she admitted.

“Because I would have just rushed down there and said, ‘Goodbye, I’m taking my boy away.'”

What made it harder for Joanna was the fact she too, endured some awful experiences at boarding school, after her family moved to the UK from the Middle East.

Esther referred to her friend’s time there as the “toughest thing to ever happen” to her and Joanna agreed wholeheartedly.

“I was eight and my sister was two years older, she was with me,” the Wolf of Wall Street star remembered.

She recalled the small “wretched” Kentish school, which only hosted 11 boarders, as she described how she managed to “bounce back” from the trauma whereas her sister was very home sick.

Having read books on the bubonic plague, a young Joanna would go to bed terrified she would wake up ill; a “grim” recollection for an eight-year-old, to say the least.

But she admitted the whole experience taught her how to “get over things” and to “endure all sorts of unpleasantness” knowing it will all come to an end.

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