An officer in London’s Metropolitan Police has admitted 49 offences, including 24 counts of rape over an 18-year period, renewing 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, false imprisonment and indecent assault relating to a 40-year-old woman in 2003, the British news agency reported. PA Media.
At London’s Old Bailey Criminal Court last month, Carrick admitted 43 charges against 11 other women, including 20 counts of rape, between March 2004 and September 2020, according to the PA.
A a series of recent scandals shed light on what British police called a culture of misogyny and racism in London’s police force.
In September 2021, an employee of the Metropolitan Police Wayne Cousens was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the kidnapping, rape and murder of Sarah Everard, a case that horrified the nation and sparked debate about violence against women.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick resigned from his post in 2022, following a damning review by the Independent Office for Police Conduct, issued 15 recommendations “to change policing practice” 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 scale of degradation to which Carrick subjected his victims is unlike anything I have encountered in my 34 years at the Crown Prosecution Service,” CPS Crown chief Jaswant Narwal said.
“I applaud every single woman who bravely shared her traumatic experience and allowed us to take this case to court and see justice,” continued Narwhal, speaking at Southwark Crown Court on Monday.
The senior investigating officer on the case, Detective Chief Inspector Ian Moore, called Carrick’s crimes “truly shocking”.
“The Police Service is committed to combating violence against women and girls in all its forms,” Moore said. “I hope the victims and the public at large are reassured that no one is above the law and the police service will relentlessly pursue these offenders who target women in this way.”
Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Barbara Gray also apologized on behalf of the police to all victims.
Speaking to a reporter on Monday, Gray said Carrick “should have been fired from the police service a long time ago.”
In a separate statement on Monday, she said: “We should have noticed his pattern of 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 offending is unprecedented in policing. But unfortunately he is not the only Met officer to have been accused of serious sexual offenses in the recent past,” she added.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said he was “absolutely disgusted by the truly appalling crimes” Carrick had committed.
“Londoners will rightly be shocked that this man has been able to work for the Met for so long and serious questions need to be asked about how he was able to abuse his position as an officer in this appalling way,” Khan tweeted on Monday.
Khan commented that work to reform the Met’s culture and standards had already begun following an interim review, and that a new, anonymous police complaints hotline and anti-corruption team had recently been set up 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 they work to implement the necessary reforms.
“It is vital that all victims of crime have confidence in our police and we simply must do more to raise standards and enable police leaders to rid the Met and all other police services of those officers who are clearly unfit to serve “, continued the mayor.
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