David Carrick: the Metropolitan police officer has been charged with a total of 44 counts of rape, coercive behaviour and sexual assault

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PC David Carrick, 47, now faces a total of 44 charges against 11 women, including 21 counts of rape.

Warning: this article contains references to rape which some readers may find triggering.

Updated 11 May 2022: A Metropolitan police officer has been charged with three more counts of rape, bringing total charges against him to 44.

PC David Carrick, 47, previously faced 41 charges involving 11 alleged victims, including rape, coercive and controlling behaviour and sexual assault between 2003 and 2020. He pleaded not guilty to 29 separate charges against eight women at earlier court hearings.

On Monday 9 May, the Crown Prosecution Service authorised Hertfordshire constabulary to charge Carrick with the additional offences, which relate to one complainant and are alleged to have taken place between 2008 and 2009.

According to Hertforshire Police, the full list of charges now include:

  • Twenty-one 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

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      Carrick was suspended from his role within the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command in October, and will appear in the dock at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 13 May in relation to the new charges. He is listed to appear for a case management hearing at Canterbury crown court later in the month.

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      Carrick was suspended from his role within the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command in October.

      Carrick was first charged with a single count of rape in October 2021 before being met with further charges in November, taking the total to 20. Carrick denied these charges – which included allegations of rape, sexual assault and incidents of controlling and coercive behaviour relating to four women – at a hearing held at St Albans Crown Court in December. 

      At that hearing, it was alleged that he had raped one woman he met on the dating app Tinder, falsely imprisoned another in a cupboard under the stairs and sexually assaulted three of the complainants by urinating on them.

      The CPS then said  that it had authorised Hertfordshire police to charge Carrick with nine new offences in relation to four additional women. These new charges include six counts of rape, one count of attempted rape, one count of assault by penetration and one count of coercive or controlling behaviour. 

      As reported 4 October 2021: A serving London police officer has appeared in court this morning (4 October) charged with rape.

      PC David Carrick, 46, of Stevenage, Hertfordshire, allegedly attacked a woman in St Albans on 4 September last year while he was off-duty. 

      This morning, St Albans magistrates court heard that the alleged attack took place at a Premier Inn hotel in the city, after Carrick met the woman through the online dating app Tinder.

      It is said that Carrick and the woman met at a pub earlier that evening, where he allegedly boasted about protecting high-profile people, including the Prime Minister, in his role as a protective officer. Prosecutor Mark Fleckney also said Carrick showed the woman his warrant card.

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      Carrick, who appeared in court via videolink and “emphatically denies” the accusations, is next due to appear at St Albans Crown Court on 1 November. He was suspended from his role in the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command after his arrest on 2 October, and remains in custody.

      Responding to news of Carrick’s arrest earlier this morning, Metropolitan police Commissioner Cressida Dick said she was “deeply concerned” by the news that an officer had been charged with this “serious offence”. 

      “I fully recognise the public will be very concerned too,” she added. “Criminal proceedings must now take their course so I am unable to comment any further at this stage.”

      While there has been a lot of concern regarding the alleged offence on social media, the chief crown prosecutor of CPS Thames and Chiltern Malcolm McHaffie stressed how important it is that commentary about the case be kept to a minimum.

      “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,” McHaffie said in a statement. “It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”

      The arrest comes just days after Metropolitan police officer Wayne Couzens was sentenced to a whole life order for the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard after he exploited his position as a police officer to falsely arrest the 33-year-old as she walked home from a friend’s house in March last year.  

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      Lauren Geall

      As Stylist’s digital writer, Lauren Geall writes on topics including mental health, wellbeing and work. She’s also a big fan of houseplants and likes to dabble in film and TV from time-to-time. You can find her on Twitter at @laurenjanegeall.


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