David Carrick received over £30k from taxpayers to fund his legal aid

David Carrick ‘should not have been an officer’ says Rowley

Ex-Met Police Officer David Carrick reportedly received more than £30,000 of taxpayers’ money to fund his legal aid for his defence over the vile sex crimes. Carrick, 48, was charged for committing violent and degrading sexual offences against 12 women over 17 years. He admitted to 85 serious offences.

However, according to reports, the serial rapist’s legal representatives received £31,216.51 from taxpayers to defend Carrick’s crimes before he was sentenced in February.

The Legal Aid Agency, which is a part of the Ministry of Justice, told the Daily Mail: “Anyone facing a Crown Court trial is eligible for legal aid, subject to a strict means test.

“Depending on their means, applicants for criminal legal aid can be required to pay contributions up to the entire cost of the defence if they are convicted of at least one offence with which they are charged.”

Carrick’s crimes include dozens of rape and sexual offences, mostly committed in Hertfordshire, where he lived, and all took place while he was a serving officer.

Chief executive of Women’s Aid, Farah Nazeer, told the BBC that the 30 year prison term was an “acceptable sentence in a very, very unacceptable situation”, however, she added that it came 17 years, 12 victims and at least 85 offences too late.

Ms Nazeer said the victims’ “courage and bravery should be commended and that will send a message to other women in that situation that justice can be achieved”.

Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb said: “These convictions represent a spectacular downfall for a man charged with upholding the law, and empowered to do so even to the extent of being authorised to bear a firearm in the execution of his duty.

“You were bold and, at times, relentless, trusting that no victim would overcome her shame and fear to report you.

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“For nearly two decades you were proved right, but now a combination of those 12 women, by coming forward, and your police colleagues, by acting on their evidence, have exposed you and brought you low.”

The former officer pleaded guilty to 49 charges, including 24 counts of rape.

Carrick must serve a minimum term of 32 years in prison before he can be considered for parole.

Following his sentencing in February, Home Secretary Suella Braverman branded the latest scandal a “scar on our police” as the force has been left reeling from several misconducts including the rape and murder of Sarah Everard.

Commenting on the situation, Met Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley said: “David Carrick’s crimes were unspeakably evil. The detail is harrowing.”

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