‘They knew’: Fury at Met for not sacking serial rapist despite 24 counts of rape in two decades
Campaigners have called the Metropolitan Police an “institution in crisis” after it emerged it failed to sack an officer despite allegations of rape, domestic violence and harassment allegations over two decades.
The force apologised to victims on Monday after PC David Carrick, 48, admitted 49 offences, including 24 counts of rape, after carrying out sex attacks on 12 women over an 18-year period.
He had come to the attention of police over nine incidents including allegations of rape, domestic violence and harassment, between 2000 and 2021.
Carrick, nicknamed “Bastard Dave” by colleagues because he was “mean and cruel”, joined the force in 2001 before becoming an armed officer with the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command in 2009.
But he faced no criminal sanctions or misconduct findings and was only suspended after being arrested over a second rape complaint in October 2021.
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He appeared at Southwark Crown Court on Monday to plead guilty to four counts of rape, false imprisonment and indecent assault, relating to a 40-year-old woman in 2003.
In December at the Old Bailey, Carrick, who had served in the army before joining the Met in 2001, admitted 43 charges against 11 other women, including 20 counts of rape, between March 2004 and September 2020.
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London mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted: “I am absolutely sickened by the truly abhorrent offences that David Carrick has committed.
“Serious questions must be answered about how he was able to abuse his position as an officer.”
Assistant Commissioner Barbara Gray, the Metropolitan Police’s lead for professionalism, said: “We should have spotted his pattern of abusive behaviour and because we didn’t, we missed opportunities to remove him from the organisation.”
Metropolitan Police officer David Carrick has pleaded guilty to 49 offences, including 24 counts of rape, against 12 women over two decades. (PA)
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The Metropolitan Police Service stands ashamed after yet another of its number admitted a multitude of sex crimes, dating back more than a decade.
Here’s the report:
“Bastard Dave” joins other Metropolitan Police officers who have been disgraced over recent years – guilty of 49 sex crimes including 24 rapes.
Other Met officers who have “devastated women’s lives” include
Wayne Couzens, who kidnapped,
raped and murdered Sarah Everard, and burned the body to evade detection;
and Francois Olwage, who was found guilty of three child sex offences in April last year.
But it gets worse. According to the BBC,
The Met Police is investigating 1,000 sexual and domestic abuse claims involving about 800 of its officers.
Sir Mark Rowley announced all 45,000 Met officers and staff would be rechecked for previously missed offending.
The spokeswoman who faced the press admitted having missed opportunities to identify a pattern of abusive behaviour; one would have thought having the nickname “Bastard Dave” might have been a bit of a clue.
One is led to believe that the Met is actually trolling us; that these prolific sex offenders are flaunting their behaviour.
No wonder so many people call them “the filth”.