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UPDATED David Carrick: Police constable jailed for a relentless campaign of sexually and mentally abusing women

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Updated on Tuesday 7 February to reflect David Carrick who has today been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 30 years. 

In response to the sentencing, Peter Burt, Head of the Complex Casework Unit at CPS Thames and Chiltern, said: 

“Today David Carrick has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 30 years.

“We’ve heard the accounts of the women who suffered at Carrick’s hands. We cannot undo the pain they have endured, but we hope this can be a first step to rebuilding their lives knowing he can’t harm them- or any other woman - again.

“We would not be where we are today without them taking that step forward and providing the vital evidence needed to prosecute Carrick. With their strikingly similar accounts, we worked with police to build such a strong case against Carrick that he had to admit what he had done. 

“We are improving our handling of cases involving violence against women and girls and hope today’s result encourages more women to come forward, knowing we’ll do all we can to secure justice for them.”

A Metropolitan Police officer who degraded, raped and sexually assaulted women has today admitted his crimes.

David Carrick custody photo

An investigation into David Carrick, 47, began in October 2021 when a woman reported him to police. Since then, a further 12 women have come forward and reported being assaulted by him.

The case spans a 17-year-period with offences dating from 2003 to 2020. Some of the victims were in relationships with Carrick, relentlessly manipulated, financially cut off and isolated from their friends as well as repeatedly sexually assaulted and raped. Others were women he met socially but still degraded and sexually abused.

On 13 December 2022, Carrick pleaded guilty to 43 charges relating to 11 victims and has today at Southwark Crown Court pleaded guilty to a further six counts including rape and sexual assault of a further victim.

The 49 charges he has pleaded guilty to include some charges which cover multiple offences, meaning Carrick has admitted to no less than 71 instances of serious sexual offending.

Building the case

The issue of consent has been fundamental to this case. During interviews with the police Carrick said the offences were consensual or that they had not happened at all.

In this case, as with many other rape and serious sexual assault cases, the evidence may have appeared limited.

However, it was the testimonies of the women that provided the key evidence against Carrick as they were strong, authentic and consistent, as more and more victims came forward.

The striking similarities in the victim accounts built a picture of a man who had manipulated them, assaulting them physically, sexually and also mentally. Recognising the impact of his damaging psychological offending, which involved altering the victims’ daily routines, isolating them, controlling what they wore and when they slept, the Crown Prosecution Service also pursued coercive and controlling behaviour charges.

This case has involved reviewing 300 witness statements and around 3-4,000 pages of evidence, which has resulted in Carrick pleading guilty to numerous charges including 24 counts of rape, three counts of coercive and controlling behaviour and nine counts of sexual assault.

Shilpa Shah, the Senior Crown Prosecutor in the case, said: “With a vast number of charges for rape and serious sexual assault, as well as victims spanning a 17-year-period, this is one of the most significant cases the Crown Prosecution Service has dealt with.

“It was harrowing seeing how victims were relentlessly manipulated; they were financially cut off and isolated from their friends and family and repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted. Carrick took so much from them both physically and mentally.

“It didn’t matter to Carrick who the victim was – a new girlfriend, a partner, a friend or a stranger – he would still abuse them.”

“Although the names of the women who showed tremendous courage in overcoming this manipulation to report these abhorrent crimes won’t ever be made public, they need to be commended, and I want to thank them for coming forward and providing the evidence we needed to secure today’s conviction and end Carrick’s offending.”

Notes to editors

  • David Carrick [DOB: 04/01/1975] pleaded guilty to:  
    • 24 counts of rape;
    • Nine counts of sexual assault;
    • Five counts of assault by penetration;
    • Three counts of coercive and controlling behaviour;
    • Three 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;
    • One count of indecent assault;
  • David Carrick will be sentenced on 6 February 2023
  • He pleaded not guilty to one count of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and one count of rape. 
  • Carrick was charged with offences which related to 13 women. After careful consideration the decision was reached to accept his not guilty plea in relation to one of the women. 
  • The Crown Prosecution Service authorised Hertfordshire Police to charge Carrick 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, 12 offences on 17 March 2022, and three offences on 9 May 2022. On 24 November 2022, he was charged with a further nine offences, which later was later combined into seven offences.

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