PC David Carrick’s victims to sue the Met: mother who endured three years of hell blames violence

A mother of two who endured three years in hell at the hands of PC David Carrick is set to sue the Metropolitan Police in a landmark court case.

The 48-year-old police officer was exposed this week as one of Britain’s most prolific rapists after admitting to 49 charges against a dozen women, including 24 counts of rape, while serving with the force between 2003 and 2020.

The victim, who lives in Hertfordshire and wishes to remain anonymous, accused the force of “failing to investigate” the disgraced officer, who could have been stopped on nine separate occasions.

“The police knew what he was like. They didn’t do proper research,” she told Der Spiegel.

A mother of two who endured three years in hell at the hands of PC David Carrick is set to sue the Metropolitan Police in a landmark court case

A mother of two who endured three years in hell at the hands of PC David Carrick is set to sue the Metropolitan Police in a landmark court case

The 48-year-old police officer was exposed this week as one of Britain's most prolific rapists after admitting 49 charges against a dozen women, including 24 counts of rape

The 48-year-old police officer was exposed this week as one of Britain’s most prolific rapists after admitting 49 charges against a dozen women, including 24 counts of rape

“Nothing will change what happened to me and the other women, but I want to take legal action because it might make the police sit up and take action in the future.”

The woman met Carrick through Tinder in 2017 and described him as “someone I could trust.”

However, she told the newspaper how he got violent on their first date, saying Carrick grabbed her by the neck and tried to lift her top.

He also let her clean his house naked and sexually assaulted her while walking in the woods near his home.

Carrick forced her to participate in bondage and threw away his sex toys after Wayne Couzens’ arrest in 2021.

She added, “People will ask, ‘Why did she keep going back? No one knows how we feel unless they go through it. People who are abused still go back to the abuser.’

A Met Police spokesman said: “The length and nature of Carrick’s offense is unprecedented in the police force.

“Unfortunately, he’s not the only Met officer to have been charged with serious sex offenses in recent years.

“Our work to identify and rid the Met of corrupt officials is determined and focused.

“As the Commissioner said, we will continue to relentlessly pursue those involved in corrupt or criminal behavior, using all the tactics and techniques at our disposal.”

The victim, who lives in Hertfordshire and wishes to remain anonymous, has accused police of

The victim, who lives in Hertfordshire and wishes to remain anonymous, has accused police of “failing to investigate” the disgraced officer

The woman met Carrick through Tinder in 2017 and described him as

The woman met Carrick through Tinder in 2017 and described him as “someone I could trust.”

Carrick had faced numerous complaints about his behavior before joining the force 22 years ago and throughout his career, but no action was taken.

As recently as October 2021, the 48-year-old, who used his position to gain his victims’ trust and intimidate them, was suspended from duty when he was arrested for rape.

His pay eventually stopped in December 2022, when he first filed guilty pleas.

Hertfordshire Constabulary, which led inquiries when some of Carrick’s victims were attacked at his home in Stevenage, said more people had contacted the police since details of his crimes emerged on Monday, including through a dedicated page that set up to allow other potential victims to come forward.

The force said: “We have already received some information through the portal and our usual reporting channels following Monday’s hearing.

“We will contact everyone who has reached out. If further violations become known, these will be investigated accordingly and appropriate support will be provided if necessary.

“We will not provide further details on the number or nature of these calls.”

The Carrick case plunged the Met into a new crisis after a series of damaging scandals including the murder of Sarah Everard, lewd messages exchanged by a team from Charing Cross Police Station and the strip search of a teenager at school while she was on her period would have.

Police chiefs have warned that the profession’s legitimacy is hanging in the balance and called for reforms to make it easier to catch other on-duty offenders.

However, she described how he got violent on their first date, saying Carrick grabbed her by the neck and tried to lift her top

However, she described how he got violent on their first date, saying Carrick grabbed her by the neck and tried to lift her top

Carrick forced her to participate in bondage and threw away his sex toys after Wayne Couzens' arrest in 2021

Carrick forced her to participate in bondage and threw away his sex toys after Wayne Couzens’ arrest in 2021

British Transport Police (BTP) Chief Constable Lucy D’Orsi expressed her shame and anger at a fellow officer being free to carry out his 18-year campaign of abuse.

Humberside Police Chief Constable Lee Freeman called it “one of the darkest weeks for policing on record” in his nearly three-decade career.

The head of the Scottish Police, Chief Constable Sir Iain Livingstone, also said police must “earn” the trust of the public.

Met Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley said weak policies and decisions had allowed the serial rapist to stay with the force for so long, adding the force had let London down.

The cases of more than 1,000 Scotland Yard officers and staff previously accused of domestic violence or sex offenses are now under review.

On Wednesday Prime Minister Rishi Sunak promised reforms to ensure renegade police officers have “no place to hide”.

At the same time, the Home Office announced that all police forces were asked to check their officers and staff against national police databases to “identify anyone who slipped through the net”.

Home Secretary Suella Braverman has also tasked the College of Policing with tightening police scrutiny.

Meanwhile, another watchdog review has been commissioned to allow the Inspectorate of His Majesty’s Police, Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) to review how the armed forces have responded to its latest findings on reviews and corruption in the ranks in order to “to ensure that chief officers take the necessary action to remove those who are unfit for duty.

Home Office officials are also conducting a review of the police disciplinary system to ensure officers who are “unfit to serve the public” and “fail to meet the high standards expected of them” can be fired.

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