This is the moment serial rapist David Carrick was arrested by police on suspicion of raping a woman at a hotel, sparking a major investigation which unmasked him as one of Britain’s worst sex offenders.
The footage, released by police, shows Carrick arguing with officers and demanding to know what they are searching for as they arrested him at his home in Stevenage, Hertfordshire in October 2021.
Today the 48-year-old former Metropolitan Police officer was jailed for a minimum term of 30 years for carrying out a string of ‘violent and brutal’ sex attacks on at least a dozen women.
Carrick said ‘not again’ when he was arrested on October 2, 2021, after a woman came forward to police alleging she had been raped in a Holiday Inn hotel in St Albans on September 5, 2020.
That charge was dropped against the disgraced police officer, but it was claimed he had met the woman on the Tinder dating app and showed her his Scotland Yard warrant card.
Today Carrick was slammed by a judge for taking ‘monstrous advantage of his victims’ while serving as a Metropolitan Police officer for more than 20 years.
At least five of Carrick’s victims bravely attended Southwark Crown Court to watch as their attacker was jailed for a minimum of 30 years and 239 days in prison before being considered for parole.
The disgraced former firearms officer wore a dark suit, white shirt and tie as he appeared in the dock in front of a packed courtroom at a hearing that was televised.
He was silent and impassive as his sentence was handed down.
During sentencing, Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb said Carrick had taken ‘monstrous advantage’ of his victims with whom he had ‘brutal, controlling and coercive relationships’ with.
She told Carrick that he ‘behaved as if you were untouchable’, adding it was a ‘spectacular downfall for a man charged with upholding the law’ having lost his liberty, job and status.
Following his sentencing, the Home Secretary Suella Braverman branded his crimes a ‘scar on our police’, while Met Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley said: ‘David Carrick’s crimes were unspeakably evil. The detail is harrowing.’
Over the two-day sentencing hearing, 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.’
Yesterday, victim impact statements were read out in court, including one woman who said she had ‘encountered evil’ on the night she was repeatedly raped by Carrick, after pointing a black handgun at her head and putting his hands around her throat.
The serial rapist had boasted to the victim that ‘I am the safest person you can be around, I’m a police officer’ in order to get her back to his London flat.
Another said she was convinced because of his position as a diplomatic and parliamentary protection officer she would be not be believed if she reported him, saying she had had it drilled into her ‘he was the police, he was the law and he owned me’.
Upsetting photographs showing the cupboard under the stairs where he locked one woman naked as a form of punishment, a black whip he used and surveillance cameras to spy on victims were released.
During sentencing, Justice Cheema-Grubb spoke of the ‘spectacular downfall for a man charged with upholding the law’.
She told Carrick: ‘Behind a public appearance of propriety and trustworthiness you took monstrous advantage of women.
‘You brazenly raped and sexually assaulted a number of women, some very brutally, and you behaved as if you were untouchable.
‘You were bold and at times relentless, trusting that no victim would overcome her shame and fear to report you.
‘For nearly two decades, you were proved right but now a combination of those 12 women, by coming forward, and your police colleagues, by acting on their evidence, have exposed you and brought you low.
‘You have lost your liberty, your job and your status. You have before you the prospect of a difficult time in custody for many years.’
Continuing her sentencing remarks, Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb told Carrick he showed an ‘astonishing degree of moral corruption’.
The judge listed a number of key themes in Carrick’s offending, including asserting authority and enacting ‘extreme domination’ over his victims.
Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb also highlighted the ‘reluctance of victims to report your offending’ because of their knowledge of his ‘status as a police officer’.
She spoke of the ‘irretrievable devastation’ Carrick’s crimes has had on his victims, including ‘long-lasting psychological harm’ and ‘damaged mental health’
She said: ‘Each one is traumatised, one woman feels as those she has been lost for the last 19 years.
‘You have shaped their lives, deprived them of the ability to form lasting relationships with men. They continue to question their own judgments. They don’t trust the police.’
She added that he had ‘not expressed regret or remorse for what you have done.
‘The criminality you have shown can be best described as an unrestrained campaign of rape. It can be best described as the work of a serial rapist.’
The judge revealed that Carrick attempted to kill himself while on remand at Belmarsh prison and was detained in a secure hospital but was found not to be suffering from any mental disorder.
Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb told him: ‘You were driven to try to commit suicide as a self-pitying reaction to the shame brought on you by these proceedings rather than remorse.’
The court heard how Carrick had alleged to a probation officer he had suffered ‘childhood trauma’, including growing up with parents ‘who drank to excess’ and being abused by his stepfather.
Speaking after his sentencing, DCI Iain Moor of Bedfordshire, Cambridge and Hertfordshire major crime unit, said that he was ‘extremely relieved’ that a ‘serious and prolific sex offender is now going to be behind bars for a very long time’.
He added: ‘David Carrick has brought same on the profession and was not fit to wear the uniform.’
Yesterday, the court heard harrowing accounts of abuse, sexual assault, rape, false imprisonment and coercive control.
Carrick used cameras he installed at home to monitor women while he was at work.
He made another woman choke on her vomit, assaulted one with a sex toy and urinated on one of his victims.
The armed officer tortured and abused women for 17 years despite coming to police attention nine times before his arrest and developing the nickname ‘B*d Dave’ at work.
He called women ‘fat and lazy’ and treated them like as his ‘sex slaves’ as well as controlled them financially.
Victims were isolated from their family and forbidden from speaking with other men.
He also used his police baton as a threat and handcuffs in an attack.
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.
Prosecutor Tom Little KC said the ‘systematic’ offending was ‘catalogue of violent and brutal sexual offences’.
He would use ‘power and control’ to stop his victims leaving or reporting him, and others feared they would not be believed if they reported the rape.
One of Carrick’s first victims, who was brutally raped and left with internal and external injuries, said she was told by an A&E nurse that ‘the law tend to protect their own’ when she revealed her abuser was a police officer.
Mr Little said a search of Carrick’s electronic devices revealed internet searches for pornography including words such as ‘extreme’ and ‘painful’.
The 49 charges admitted by Carrick include 24 counts of rape, nine counts of sexual assault, five counts of assault by penetration, three counts of coercive and controlling behaviour, three counts of false imprisonment, two counts of attempted rape, one count of attempted sexual assault by penetration, one count of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent and one count of indecent assault.
Some are multiple-incident counts, meaning they relate to at least 85 separate offences, including at least 71 sexual offences and 48 rapes.
David Carrick, pictured here in a court sketch at Southwark Crown Court on Monday
The former Met Police officer, pictured here in uniform and holding a gun, abused a dozen women over the course of nearly 20 years
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
He denied a further count of rape in September 2020 relating to a 13th woman, whose allegation triggered the investigation, with the Crown Prosecution Service deciding it was not in the public interest to proceed to trial.
Mr Little said the case fell short of meriting a whole-life sentence – because he had not killed anyone and pleaded guilty – but called for a life sentence with a fixed minimum term.
Alisdair Williamson KC, defending, said Carrick ‘accepts fully responsibility for what he has done’ and that it is likely any life sentence will ‘bring him close to, if not to, the close of his natural life’.
He told the court: ‘He cannot ask for mercy and he won’t ask for mercy.’
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.
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.
He was finally sacked from the force last month after pleading guilty and being unmasked as one of the country’s most prolific sex offenders.
Carrick’s crimes are set to form part of the independent inquiry looking at the murder of Sarah Everard, who was raped and strangled by then-serving Met officer Wayne Couzens in March 2021.
Paying tribute to the brave women who came forward to Carrick to account, Suella Braverman said: ‘It is vital we uncover how he was able to wear the uniform for so long, and I welcome the Angiolini Inquiry’s investigation into David Carrick’s criminal behaviour and the decision-making around his vetting.
‘There is no place in our police for such heinous and predatory behaviour, and I look forward to receiving Lady Elish’s findings.’
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.