A London police officer arrested for the abduction, rape and murder of London-year-old Sarah Evard has pleaded guilty Friday to her murder, which sent a shock wave through the UK.
Met-year-old former Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Cougans has already pleaded guilty to kidnapping and rape, pleading guilty in June, at which time he also admitted that he was “responsible for her murder”, but prosecutors said he had not filed a murder charge.
On Friday, officials announced that Kuzens had been convicted of murder and would be sentenced on September 2nd.
“This application is the result of the hard work of the prosecution team,” said Caroline Oakley of the Crown Prosecution Service. “Police should be commended for their thorough and tireless investigation into Sarah’s disappearance.”
London-based marketing executive Evard went missing on the night of March 3 while walking from a friend’s house. Kuzens was arrested a few days later, and Evard’s body was found in a jungle more than 50 miles from where he was last seen. An autopsy revealed the cause of death was a neck contraction.
The death of the young woman has caused a wave of grief and anger in the UK. Online, many women talked about gender-based violence and the lack of security that they often feel is taking over their lives. A peaceful awakening in London appeared shortly after the murder, but police forcibly confronted it, arresting four women and provoking even more intense resentment against the same organization that hired Evard’s killer.
At a news conference Friday, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said she and the entire police force felt “sick, angry and devastated” by Evard’s murder and “betrayed” that it was committed by one of them.
“Sarah was a gorgeous, talented young woman who had her whole life in front of her, and it was snatched away,” Dick said. “He was extremely loved, and he will be very much missed by many people.”
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. Prosecutor Tom Little said in court that they had never met and were “complete strangers to each other.”
He had previously fabricated a wide-ranging lie to explain the incident, the BBC reported, claiming that an Eastern European gang had threatened his family and forced him to kidnap Avarad.
But the real motive behind the brutal crime, even if such a motive exists, remains a mystery.
Oakley said: “When he was arrested and to this day he lied to the police, he refused to comment.