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David Carrick: CPS authorises 12 further charges

|News, Sexual offences

The Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised Hertfordshire Constabulary to charge Metropolitan Police officer David Carrick with 12 additional offences.

The new charges, which cover two counts of rape, one count of attempted rape, and two counts of assault by penetration, relate to three new complainants and are alleged to have taken place between 2003 and 2015. The new charges also include three counts of rape and four counts of sexual assault relating to one complainant already a part of the prosecution, with these new offences alleged to have taken place between 2018 and 2020.

This is in addition to 29 offences Mr Carrick was charged with previously against eight separate women. In total, the defendant is now charged with 41 offences against 11 women between 2003 and 2020, including:

  • Eighteen counts of rape;
  • Nine counts of sexual assault;
  • Five counts of assault by penetration;
  • Three counts of coercive and controlling behaviour;
  • Two counts of false imprisonment;
  • Two counts of attempted rape;
  • One count of attempted sexual assault by penetration;
  • One count of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent;

Mr Carrick, 47, will make his first court appearance in relation to the new charges at Westminster Magistrates' Court at 10am on 21 March. He is listed to appear for trial at St Albans Crown Court on 26 April. An earlier mention hearing at St Albans Crown Court is being scheduled.

The CPS and Hertfordshire Constabulary would like to remind 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 (DOB: 04/01/1975) was initially charged with a single count of rape on 3 October 2021. He was charged with 13 additional offences on 24 November 2021, some of which have since been split into separate counts (19). He was charged with nine additional offences on 10 January 2022. Today (17 March 2022) he has been charged with a further 12 offences.
  • The decision to charge has been made in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.
  • 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 the 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.
  • This assessment is based on the evidence available arising out of the police investigation and not on the evidence that is likely to be gathered by the defence, and likely to be used to test the prosecution evidence. The CPS charging decision is therefore necessarily an assessment on the basis of the evidence that is available to the CPS at the time the decision is made.
  • CPS prosecutors must also keep every case under review, so that they take account of any change in circumstances that occurs as the case develops, including what becomes known of the defence case. If appropriate, the CPS may change the charges or stop a case.

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