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Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens has pleaded guilty to murdering Sarah Everard in a case that has caused widespread shock and outrage.
It can now be reported that Couzens, who joined the Met in 2018, had booked the hire of a Vauxhall Astra car and bought a roll of self-adhesive film days before the murder.
Couzens had already admitted to the kidnap and rape of Ms Everard at an earlier hearing, who went missing while walking home from a friend's house in Clapham to Brixton, south London, on March 3.
But he had yet to enter a plea to the central charge of murder although his barrister said "responsibility for the killer is also admitted" during the earlier hearing in June.
Ms Everard, a 33-year-old marketing executive, was reported missing by her boyfriend Josh Lowth on March 4 and her remains were found in woodland in Ashford, Kent, almost a week later.
They had been disposed of inside a large builder's bag, and had to be identified through her dental records.
She had been chatting with her boyfriend on the phone as she walked home. A camera attached to a marked police car captured her walking alone at 9.23pm.
Just three minutes a bus camera appeared to capture the moment she was intercepted by Couzens in Balham.
Couzens, 48, from Deal, Kent, had yet to enter a murder plea pending medical reports. He appeared before the court via video link from high security Belmarsh prison.
Ms Everard's disappearance led to desperate appeals from her family and friends. A post-mortem examination found she had died from compression of the neck.
Couzens worked on the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command unit of the Met Police.
Ms Everard's family earlier paid tribute to her in a touching statement, saying: "Sarah was bright and beautiful – a wonderful daughter and sister.
"She was kind and thoughtful, caring and dependable. She always put others first and had the most amazing sense of humour.
"She was strong and principled and a shining example to us all. We are very proud of her and she brought so much joy to our lives.
"We would like to thank our friends and family for all their support during this awful time and we would especially like to thank Sarah’s friends who are working tirelessly to help."
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