When asked how did he plead, he replied "guilty".
Tarikjot Singh, aged 22, of Adelaide, Australia, has pleaded guilty to the murder of student nurse Jasmeen Kaur.
This comes after it was revealed that he stalked her for several weeks.
Singh, who was known to Ms Kaur, abducted her after she finished her shift at Southern Cross Homes, a care home in North Plympton at around 10 pm on March 5, 2021.
Ms Kaur was spotted in a vehicle at 10:46 pm which travelled to Willaston near Gawler.
Singh drove down South Road and missed the exit at Virginia.
Singh then performed a U-turn, returned to Port Wakefield Road and then travelled north.
The vehicle, which had been borrowed from a friend, was detected by multiple cameras.
It activated a safety camera at 12:09 am at Two Wells and then at 12:40 am at Port Wakefield.
At 3:07 am, the vehicle went through safety cameras at Stirling North.
Ms Kaur had been living with her uncle and aunt in Adelaide. She was reported missing by them the next day when her employer called to ask why she had not turned up for her shift.
Singh was arrested after Ms Kaur’s body was found in a shallow grave at Moralana Creek on March 7, 2021.
Singh inadvertently led police to Ms Kaur’s makeshift gravesite earlier that day.
He was initially charged with failing to notify police of a reportable death.
On February 7, 2023, Singh appeared at the South Australian Supreme Court.
When asked how did he plead, he replied “guilty”.
Singh now faces a mandatory life sentence in prison.
Previously, Singh pleaded not guilty and was due to stand trial in March 2023.
Singh could not be identified until a court suppression order ended.
The court heard that he was in Australia on a student visa and had spent time in a short-stay mental health facility.
Singh’s lawyer Martin Anders told the court a report was being obtained from a forensic psychologist.
He said: “There are some matters of fact that related to the circumstances that led into the unlawful death of the deceased that are the subject of further exploration.”
Several victim impact statements are also expected to be delivered to the court.
Justice Adam Kimber will set a non-parole period after sentencing submissions are heard.
Outside the courthouse, the student nurse’s aunt, Ramandeep Kharoud, said:
“Nothing will bring Jasmeen back, but we are pleased she will get some justice.”
“We are not surprised; we have known from day one that he was guilty, but he was lying for a long time.”
Her employer described her as a beautiful soul who was kind and sweet to residents.
Chief executive David Moran said: “Our hearts ache for Jasmeen’s family and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this incredibly difficult time.”