Serial rapist policeman David Carrick ‘relied on his charm to beguile and mislead his victims’ before subjecting them to ‘brutal’ sex attacks.
Carrick, 48, also ‘humiliated his victims in a number of ways’, prosecutor Tom Little KC told Southwark Crown Court as he opened the disgraced cop’s two-day sentencing hearing.
He told the packed courtroom: ‘If the offending had to be accurately and fairly summarised, it was systematic, it was catalogue of violent and brutal sexual offences perpetrated on multiple victims, whether he was in a controlling or coercive relationship with them or not, or even if it was just a single occasion.
‘The reality was that it did not matter who the victim was… the reality was, if he had the opportunity, he would rape them, sexually abuse or assault them and humiliate them.
‘Some of his victims were either appreciably older or younger than him – they were all, in their own ways, vulnerable.’
Carrick’s offending increased in frequency, with ‘an increasing level of humiliation being inflicted’.
Two of the women were kept in a small cupboard under the stairs at Carrick’s home – one 10 times – while some were urinated on or attacked with a belt, the court was told.
The court heard he had undertaken a number of training courses as a police officer, including one on domestic violence in 2005.
Carrick, who served in the Army before joining the Met, previously pleaded guilty to 49 charges relating to a dozen women.
Some are multiple-incident counts, meaning they relate to at least 85 separate offences, including at least 71 sexual offences and 48 rapes.
His ‘truly sickening’ crimes forced the Metropolitan Police to apologise and admit Carrick – nicknamed ‘Bastard Dave’ – should have been rooted out earlier after it emerged he came to police attention over nine incidents – including allegations of rape, domestic violence and harassment – between 2000 and 2021, with all but one of the incidents relating to his behaviour towards women.
Carrick faced no criminal sanctions or misconduct findings and police chiefs across England and Wales have since been asked to have all officers checked against national police databases by the end of March.
The case prompted Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to promise police reforms after it emerged the force was informed of nine incidents – including allegations of rape, domestic violence and harassment – between 2000 and 2021.
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