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I was raped by David Carrick – and Sarah Everard’s mother inspired me to come forward

Bynewsmagzines

Feb 27, 2023
Carrick, who joined the Met in 2001 before becoming an armed officer with the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command in 2009, pleaded guilty to 49 charges, including 24 counts of rape.

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A victim of Met rapist David Carrick has revealed how she was drugged, beaten and raped – before Sarah Everard‘s mother inspired her to come forward.

The former police officer, 48, was jailed for a minimum of 30 years earlier this month for carrying out a string of ‘violent and brutal’ sex attacks after taking ‘monstrous advantage’ of at least a dozen women.

One of the victims has said the words of Ms Everard’s mother – whose daughter was kidnapped, raped and murdered by another Met officer Wayne Couzens – made her determined to get him Carrick behind bars.

The woman, who suffered at the hands of Carrick for 13 months, said she wanted to honour Ms Everard’s memory.

She told The Sun: ‘I tried to ignore what Carrick had done to me and didn’t tell anyone. But I read the impact statement from Sarah’s mother and it really got to me.

Carrick, who joined the Met in 2001 before becoming an armed officer with the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command in 2009, pleaded guilty to 49 charges, including 24 counts of rape.

Carrick, who joined the Met in 2001 before becoming an armed officer with the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command in 2009, pleaded guilty to 49 charges, including 24 counts of rape.

Carrick, who joined the Met in 2001 before becoming an armed officer with the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command in 2009, pleaded guilty to 49 charges, including 24 counts of rape.

The woman, who suffered at the hands of Carrick for 13 months, said she wanted to honour Ms Everard's memory

The woman, who suffered at the hands of Carrick for 13 months, said she wanted to honour Ms Everard's memory

The woman, who suffered at the hands of Carrick for 13 months, said she wanted to honour Ms Everard’s memory

‘After that I could not ignore what Carrick did. He was another police officer and I was worried he would kill someone next time.

‘By coming forward I was also honouring Mrs Everard, and Sarah’s memory.’

The victim’s testimony encouraged other women to come forward, before the extent of Carrick’s heinous offending was revealed.

Her bravery was later praised by the judge who sentenced Carrick to life imprisonment earlier this month, saying it was ‘remarkable’ how driven she had been to bring his crimes to light and how, in doing so, she had left others feeling able to act.

The woman, a divorcee, added: ‘We spoke a couple of times on the phone before meeting and he was very charming.

‘He was not my type but he said: “I am a policeman and you are safe with me”. It reassured me and gave me a false sense of security.;

She recalled how they first met at a busy pub in St Albans in September 2020, where Carrick had booked a stay at a nearby Premier Inn.

He sent the victim a number of messages the following day, including asking her repeatedly to come and see him.

Carrick reportedly threatened to visit the woman at her workplace if she did not comply, before they met at the pub later that evening.

Sarah Everard (pictured) was kidnapped, raped and murdered by then serving Met Police officer Wayne Couzens

Sarah Everard (pictured) was kidnapped, raped and murdered by then serving Met Police officer Wayne Couzens

Sarah Everard (pictured) was kidnapped, raped and murdered by then serving Met Police officer Wayne Couzens

Wayne Couzens (pictured) was handed a whole life order for the murder of Sarah Everard in March 2021

Wayne Couzens (pictured) was handed a whole life order for the murder of Sarah Everard in March 2021

Wayne Couzens (pictured) was handed a whole life order for the murder of Sarah Everard in March 2021

Details of some of Carrick's horrific crimes were heard in court, including how he sent one of his victims a photograph of himself with a police-issue gun, saying: 'Remember I am the boss.'

Details of some of Carrick's horrific crimes were heard in court, including how he sent one of his victims a photograph of himself with a police-issue gun, saying: 'Remember I am the boss.'

Details of some of Carrick’s horrific crimes were heard in court, including how he sent one of his victims a photograph of himself with a police-issue gun, saying: ‘Remember I am the boss.’

Rushing to get to the pub after work, the woman asked Carrick to order her a Bacardi and Coke, but the former Met officer was sat with a bottle of wine in a cooler when she walked inside.

She said: ‘I told him on the phone I didn’t like wine but he gave it to me anyway. Looking back, I am 99 per cent sure he drugged it.

‘I became drunk very quickly but it wasn’t like the normal effect of alcohol. It was a weird feeling and my head felt like it was expanding.

‘When I first arrived he got out his warrant card and said, “This is the proof that I am a police officer”. He told me he wanted someone submissive and I said “that’s not for me”.

‘Carrick told me he was known as “Bastard Dave” in the police because he was hard.’

The woman began to have further doubts about his character when he labelled one pub-goer a ‘s**g’ who also worked for the force.

She also recalled how Carrick ‘boasted about guarding Boris Johnson in hospital’ when the former Prime Minister was suffering with Covid’ and told of how he had shot one of the terrorists involved in the Borough Market attack.

Carrick only attended the aftermath of the 2017 terror attack and did not shoot anyone.

He is also said to have boasted of being the ‘best shot’ in his unit and was ‘full of himself’, the victim said.

The pair attended a second pub, before Carrick took the woman back to his hotel room.

She said: ‘By then my legs were wobbling and I felt very unwell. He literally dragged me there. I recall thinking “this doesn’t feel right” and seeing the hotel lights but I had no idea where I was.’

The woman recalled being called a ‘disgusting b***h’ and was ‘incapable of standing’.

She woke up naked in an empty bath, but had suffered two broken ribs after being thrown into it.

Carrick, meanwhile, was lying naked on the bed and she only managed to escape when he fell asleep.

As she returned home, the woman said she fact Carrick was a police officer had discouraged her from contacting authorities about the evening.

To retain evidence, she knew not to bath, but felt she needed to ‘wash him away’ and went into work later the same day.

The former Met Police officer, pictured here in uniform and holding a gun, abused a dozen women over the course of nearly 20 years

The former Met Police officer, pictured here in uniform and holding a gun, abused a dozen women over the course of nearly 20 years

The former Met Police officer, pictured here in uniform and holding a gun, abused a dozen women over the course of nearly 20 years 

David Carrick, pictured, was jailed for a minimum of 30 years after admitting to rapes and sexual offences against multiple women

David Carrick, pictured, was jailed for a minimum of 30 years after admitting to rapes and sexual offences against multiple women

David Carrick, pictured, was jailed for a minimum of 30 years after admitting to rapes and sexual offences against multiple women

But she was ‘in a lot of pain’ in the following days and began to isolate herself from family and friends as Covid began to spread across the UK.

The woman then became ‘haunted’ by the disappearance of Ms Everard in March 2021, before it later transpired she had been taken off the streets by Met Police officer Couzens and murdered.

She said: ‘When Sarah was murdered by Couzens, it brought what happened to me back again. To this day, Sarah’s face still haunts me.

‘When Couzens was arrested for Sarah’s murder I thought about reporting Carrick then, but I couldn’t do it.

‘I kept seeing Sarah’s face in the papers and when the case went to court I tried to ignore it.’

When Ms Everard’s mother told Couzens’ sentencing that she was ‘outraged’ at how he had ‘masqueraded’ as an officer to get what he wanted, the woman said she was unable to ignore it.

Instead, the day after his sentencing on October 1, 2021, she called the police and explained to an operator what had taken place.

She received a call from a Hertfordshire Police officer and gave a full statement, before Carrick was arrested at his home in Stevenage later the same day.

The case was later dropped, but Carrick subsequently admitted responsibility for the evening.

He would go on to admit 49 charges, including 24 counts of rape, at Southwark Crown Court earlier this month.

Images were released for the first time showing a tiny cupboard that Carrick locked one of the woman in as a form of punishment, as well as a whip he used on the victim.

Images were released for the first time showing a tiny cupboard that Carrick locked one of the woman in as a form of punishment, as well as a whip he used on the victim.

Images were released for the first time showing a tiny cupboard that Carrick locked one of the woman in as a form of punishment, as well as a whip he used on the victim.

Carrick set up surveillance cameras which he used to monitor some of his victims at his home

Carrick set up surveillance cameras which he used to monitor some of his victims at his home

Carrick set up surveillance cameras which he used to monitor some of his victims at his home

Carrick’s crimes were all carried out while serving with the force – he guarded sites including embassies and the Houses of Parliament, and completed training courses, including one on domestic abuse in 2005.

The woman added that she is ‘angry and very bitter’ towards the Met over failures to conduct proper checks – after it was revealed he had come to the attention of officers of the force.

The Met was forced to apologise and admit Carrick 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. 

The woman, meanwhile, believes Carrick’s offending would have continued until he killed someone.

She added: ‘My advice to anyone in the same position is, don’t be scared to come forward.’

Key moments in the Carrick case 

2000: Carrick is a suspect in two offences reported to the Met involving allegations of malicious communications and burglary against a former partner after Carrick refused to accept the end of their relationship. He is not arrested and no further action is taken.

August 2001: Carrick joins the Met. After training he works as a response officer based in Merton, south-west London.

2002: While still in his two-year probationary period, Carrick is accused of harassment and assault against a former partner. He is not arrested by the Met and no further action is taken. The matter is not referred to the Directorate of Professional Standards.

2002: Carrick is the subject of the first of five public complaints made between 2002 and 2008. Two allegations that he had been rude were dealt with by management action locally, while three relating to incivility and use of force were withdrawn or dismissed.

2003: His first known victim is repeatedly raped.

2004: Carrick rapes another woman.

2004: Carrick is involved in a domestic incident but no criminal allegations are made to the Met, he is not arrested and the matter is not referred to the Directorate of Professional Standards.

July 2005: The officer is now based in Barnet, north London.

2006-2009: On multiple occasions, the officer rapes a woman, whom he abuses, threatens with violence and demeans. She fears she will not be believed if she reports him.

2009: Carrick is transferred to what is now the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command, where his role involves providing an armed policing presence at parliamentary, government and diplomatic premises.

2009: Hertfordshire Police receive a domestic abuse report from a third party involving Carrick but neither party makes a complaint and no charge is brought. Hertfordshire Police inform Met supervisors.

2009: Carrick meets his next victim, a 51-year-old woman, whom he sexually assaults after a social evening.

August 2009: He sexually assaults a 47-year-old woman after sharing a hotel room following a social event.

November 2009: Carrick invites a 57-year-old woman back to his home, becomes aggressive and tries to rape her.

November 2015: Carrick rapes a 45-year-old woman.

2016: Carrick is a suspect in a Hampshire Police investigation following an allegation of harassment. He is not arrested and the inquiry is later closed.

October 2016: Carrick repeatedly rapes and sexually abuses a woman he met online, in some cases causing injuries and urinating over her.

2017: Carrick should have been vetted after 10 years of service but is only now re-vetted and passes.

2017: Carrick is spoken to by Thames Valley Police officers after he is thrown out of a Reading nightclub for being drunk. He is not arrested and the matter is not referred to the Met.

March 2017: Carrick meets a woman on a night out, whom he goes on to rape multiple times and sexually abuse. She later describes him as totally controlling and aggressive and says he regularly urinated in her mouth, humiliated her and threatened her with violence.

2017: Carrick meets a woman on an online dating site who later says he raped her in the shower after dragging her in by her hair. She also describes being whipped with a belt and suffocated during sex.

July 2018: Carrick meets a 41-year-old woman online, whom he sexually assaults while she cleans his bathroom.

2019: Hertfordshire Police receive a third party report of assault and criminal damage involving an argument between Carrick and a woman during a domestic incident. He is said to have grabbed her by the neck.

Neither party is supportive of police involvement and no further action is taken after the case is looked at by the domestic abuse unit.

The incident is referred to the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards and Carrick is given words of advice in relation to informing his chain of command about off-duty incidents. It is determined he has no case to answer in relation to misconduct.

July 2020: Carrick meets a woman on an online dating site whom he goes on to rape, causing her injuries. He is verbally and physically aggressive, urinates on her and uses sex toys against her will.

July 2021: The woman reports being raped by Carrick. He is arrested by Hertfordshire Police over the allegation but no further action is taken after she withdraws the complaint.

The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards is made aware and Carrick is placed on restricted duties. It is determined he has no case to answer in relation to any misconduct and in September the restriction is lifted, although he never returns to full duties.

October 1 2021: A 50-year-old woman reports she was raped by Carrick in September 2020. He is arrested, charged and suspended by the Met.

October 4: Carrick is remanded in custody after appearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court charged with rape.

October 2021-October 2022: The publicity prompts more women to come forward and make allegations against Carrick.

December 13 2022: Carrick pleads guilty to 43 offences at the Old Bailey. His pay is stopped by the Met.

January 16 2023: Carrick admits a further six charges at Southwark Crown Court.

January 17 2023: He is sacked by the Met following a special misconduct hearing.

February 6-7: Carrick is sentenced at Southwark Crown Court.

Source: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk

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