CPS authorises rape charge against David Carrick
Malcolm McHaffie, from the CPS, said: “The CPS has authorised Hertfordshire Constabulary to charge serving Metropolitan Police officer David Carrick, 46, with one count of rape following an alleged attack on a woman on the night of 4 September 2020.
“The defendant’s first court appearance will take place via video link at 10am tomorrow (4 October) at Hatfield Magistrates' Court.
“The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against the defendant are active and that he has a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”
Notes to editors
• David Carrick, of Stevenage, Hertfordshire, is charged with one count of rape of a woman over 16 under the threshold test. He is a serving police officer with the Metropolitan Police
• Malcolm McHaffie is the Chief Crown Prosecutor of CPS Thames and Chiltern
• The function of the CPS is not to decide whether a person is guilty of a criminal offence, but to make fair, independent and objective assessments about whether it is appropriate to present charges for a criminal court to consider.
• The CPS assessment of any case is not in any sense a finding of, or implication of, any guilt or criminal conduct. It is not a finding of fact, which can only be made by a court, but rather an assessment of what it might be possible to prove to a court, in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.