Serial rapist was London cop, admits 24 counts of rape

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A British police officer who admitted to being a serial rapist has been formally fired. (representative)

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A British police officer who admitted to being a serial rapist was formally dismissed on Tuesday, as the government called for troops across the country to root out the criminals and corrupt in their ranks.

David Carrick’s guilty plea to 24 counts of rape against 12 women and a string of other sex offenses over two decades has caused widespread shock and undermined public trust in the police.

It has also put pressure on its police force, London’s Metropolitan Police, which is already reeling from the kidnapping, rape and murder of a young woman by one of its officers two years ago.

A day after Carrick’s confession, assistant commissioner of the Met, Louisa Rolfe, said his case was “sickening and horrific” and had “far-reaching implications” for police.

“I really hope I never experience anything like this again,” she told an internal disciplinary hearing.

Carrick, 48, had been suspended from his job in an armed unit protecting MPs and foreign diplomats since the allegations came to light in late 2021.

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Police misconduct hearings are typically held after the conclusion of criminal proceedings against an officer.

But Carrick’s was followed quickly after his plea of ​​guilty and, unusually, opened up to the media given the unprecedented nature of his crimes.

Attorney Hywel Jenkins, representing Police Commissioner Mark Rowley, called Carrick’s crimes “heinous, targeted and deliberate”.

They have had a “catastrophic” impact on his victims and their families, while also undermining trust in the police, he added.

“The Greater London public expects police officers to uphold the law and to protect women from violence,” said Ms Rolfe.

“PC (Police Officer) Carrick did the opposite.”

Carrick, a former soldier who did not attend the hearing and had no legal representation, was fired for gross misconduct.

He will be sentenced in court in two days from February 6.

Public confidence

Public confidence in the Met had already suffered from the conviction of Wayne Couzens, who served in the same unit as Carrick, for murdering Sarah Everard as she walked home to South London in March 2021.

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Couzens, who is serving a life sentence, falsely claimed she broke coronavirus lockdown rules to snatch her off the street.

But in both cases, police vetting procedures that could have previously identified their offense proved inadequate.

No action was also taken against Couzens over allegations in 2015 that he allegedly exposed himself or Carrick, who had a series of claims against him.

Two official reports to the Met and other forces in England and Wales concluded that background checks were lax and that there was a culture of impunity.

Since taking up office as Britain’s top police officer last September, Rowley has pledged to “go after the racists and misogynists who undermine us”.

That has led to a wave of disciplinary action against officers and, in some cases, criminal charges for misconduct in public office.

More than 1,600 sex offense and domestic violence claims against just over 1,000 Met police officers and personnel are currently under review.

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Home Secretary Suella Braverman, whose remit includes policing, called Carrick’s crimes “a dark day for policing and the Metropolitan Police”.

“It is harrowing that someone has gone through such anguish, but for this to be done by someone they have entrusted to protect people is almost incomprehensible,” she told MPs.

How to eradicate crime from police forces was the subject of a government-commissioned review, she said.

Ms Braverman met Ms Rowley on Monday and said she was “encouraged” by the action the Met has taken so far to weed out corrupt cops who are not fit to serve, to restore public confidence.

But she said it was vital for the Met and other forces to redouble their efforts. “This could mean more shocking things coming to light in the near future,” she added.

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