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London police officer acknowledges 24 rapes and multiple assaults



On Monday morning, David Carrick, a 48-year-old police officer, pleaded guilty in a London court to four rapes. On December 13, he had already admitted forty-three offenses, including twenty rapes, as well as sexual assault. Facts committed between 2003 and 2020.

“On behalf of the Metropolitan Police, I want to apologize to the women who suffered at the hands of David Carrick,” Assistant Commissioner Barbara Gray said. “We should have spotted his behavior and because we didn’t we missed opportunities to remove him” from the police.

This case revives the memory, which had shocked the country, of the death of a 33-year-old Londoner, Sarah Everard, raped and killed by a police officer in March 2021.

Use of his function as a policeman

David Carrick was part of the capital police unit responsible for protecting Parliament and diplomatic representations, within the Metropolitan Police (Met), the London police.

He was arrested in October 2021 for a first rape case. “As press interest followed, other victims came forward. (…) The weight of their testimony was extremely powerful,” Chief Inspector Iain Moor said outside court. He expects more victims to come forward.

David Carrick met some women on online dating sites or on dates, using his position as a police officer to gain their trust.

He admitted to raping nine women, some repeatedly, for months or even years. He locked victims in a small cupboard under the stairs in his home for hours, without food. He called some of his victims his “slaves”; he controlled them financially; he isolated them from their relatives.

“He loved to humiliate his victims and skillfully used his professional position to make them understand that it was useless to seek help, because they would never be believed,” detailed Iain Moor. He dealt with his victims “in the most destructive way possible”.

“Broken Trust”

For the head of the prosecution, Jaswant Narwal, it is “one of the most shocking cases that the prosecution has had to deal with, involving a police officer on duty”.

Another case sowed fear in the United Kingdom in March 2021. Police officer Wayne Couzens raped and killed a Londoner, Sarah Everard, whom he had handcuffed during a false arrest, before kidnapping her. This agent was sentenced to life in prison. The police had been accused of having ignored alarming signals about the behavior of the murderer.

“Police forces must eradicate these officers to restore public trust, which has been shattered by cases like David Carrick’s,” said a spokesman for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. “We have been clear, there is no place in our police force for officers who fall so far short of minimum standards.

Misogynistic or even predatory behavior

“I am absolutely disgusted by the truly heinous offenses David Carrick has committed,” London Mayor Sadiq Khan said. “We must answer serious questions about how he was able to abuse his position” as a police officer.

In November, a report highlighted flaws in the recruitment and monitoring of police officers and revealed the extent of misogynistic, sexist and even predatory behavior.

“It’s too easy for the wrong people to both join and stay in the police,” said the head of police inspection services, Matt Parr.

“If the police are to rebuild trust and protect their female officers and staff, scrutiny must be much stricter and sexual misconduct must be taken much more seriously,” he said.

David Carrick having pleaded guilty, there will be no trial. A hearing will be held from February 6 for the pronouncement of his sentence.



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