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David Carrick: London Metropolitan Police officer admits dozens of offenses against women, including 24 rape cases


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A serving officer with London’s Metropolitan Police has admitted 49 offences, including 24 counts of rape over an 18-year period, reigniting calls for urgent reform of the UK’s biggest police force.

David Carrick appeared at Southwark Crown Court in the British capital on Monday to plead guilty to four counts of rape, forcible confinement and indecent assault of a 40-year-old woman in 2003, the agency reported. British press PA Media.

At the Old Bailey Criminal Court in London last month, Carrick admitted 43 charges against 11 other women, including 20 counts of rape, between March 2004 and September 2020, according to PA.

A series of recent scandals shed light on what the British police watchdog called a culture of misogyny and racism in London’s police service.

As of September 2021, Metropolitan Police Officer Wayne Couzens was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the kidnapping, rape and murder of Sarah Everard, a case that horrified the nation and sparked debate on violence against women.

Metropolitan Police Service Commissioner Cressida Dick resigned from his post in 2022, after a damning review by the Independent Office for Police Conduct issued 15 recommendations “to change policing practices” in the country.

The UK’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Carrick’s case was one of the “most shocking” it had ever seen.

“The extent of the degradation to which Carrick has subjected his victims is unlike anything I have encountered in my 34 years in the service of Crown prosecutions,” said CPS chief Crown Jaswant Narwal .

“I commend every woman who bravely shared her traumatic experience and enabled us to take this case to court and see justice done,” Narwal continued during a speech at Southwark Crown Court on Monday.

The lead investigator on the case, Chief Detective Inspector Iain Moor, called Carrick’s crimes “truly shocking”.

“The police service is committed to addressing violence against women and girls in all its forms,” ​​Moor said. “I hope victims and the general public are reassured that no one is above the law and that law enforcement will relentlessly pursue offenders who target women in this way.”

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Barbara Gray also issued an apology on behalf of the police to all of the victims.

Speaking to a reporter on Monday, Gray said Carrick “should have been fired from the police department a long time ago.”

In a separate statement on Monday, she said: ‘We should have spotted his abusive behavior and because we didn’t we missed opportunities to remove him from the organization. We are truly sorry that Carrick was able to continue to use his role as a police officer to prolong the suffering of his victims. »

“The length and nature of Carrick’s offenses are unprecedented in policing. But unfortunately he is not the only Met officer to have been charged with serious sexual offenses in the recent past,” she added.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was ‘absolutely sickened by the truly heinous offences’ committed by Carrick.

“Londonians will be rightly shocked that this man was able to work for the Met for so long and serious questions need to be answered about how he was able to abuse his position as an officer in such a horrific way,” said Khan. tweeted monday.

Khan commented that work to reform the Met’s culture and standards has already begun following an interim review and that a new anonymous police complaints hotline and anti-corruption team have recently created by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Mark Rowley.

“But more can and should be done,” Khan added. “I will continue to hold the Met to account as it strives to implement needed reforms.

“It is vital that all victims of crime have confidence in our police, and we simply need to do more to raise the standards and empower police chiefs to rid the Met and all other police services of officers who are clearly unfit to serve,” the mayor continued. .

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