Serving Met Police officer from same unit as Wayne Couzens charged with rape
PC David Carrick, 46, of Stevenage, Hertfordshire, is based within the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command and was charged on Sunday
A serving Metropolitan Police officer has been charged with rape (stock image) (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
- 21:43, 3 Oct 2021
- UPDATED21:59, 3 Oct 2021
A serving Metropolitan Police officer from the same unit as Sarah Everard’s killer Wayne Couzens has been charged with rape.
PC David Carrick, 46, of Stevenage, Hertfordshire, will appear via video link at Hatfield Magistrates’ Court on Monday, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.
Scotland Yard said Pc Carrick, who is based within the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command, was charged with rape by Hertfordshire Constabulary on Sunday.
The officer was off-duty in Hertfordshire at the time, the force said.
PC Carrick was arrested on October 2 by Hertfordshire Constabulary and suspended the same day by the Metropolitan Police.
Wayne Couzens was jailed on Thursday ( Image: PA)
Couzens was a serving Met officer when he murdered Sarah Everard ( Image: Kent Messenger / SWNS)
The force said it awaits the outcome of criminal proceedings, adding that a referral has been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said: “I am deeply concerned to hear the news today that an officer from the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command has been arrested and now charged with this serious offence.
“I fully recognise the public will be very concerned too.
“Criminal proceedings must now take their course so I am unable to comment any further at this stage.”
Sarah Everard was walking home in south London when she was abducted
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Malcom McHaffie, the chief crown prosecutor of CPS Thames and Chiltern, said: “The CPS has today authorised Hertfordshire Constabulary to charge serving Metropolitan Police officer David Carrick, 46, with one count of rape following an alleged attack on a woman on the night of 4 September 2020.
“The defendant’s first court appearance will take place via video link at 10am tomorrow at Hatfield Magistrates’ Court.
“The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against the defendant are active and that he has a right to a fair trial.
“It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick ( Image: Getty Images)
It comes just 3 days after Sarah Everard’s killer Wayne Couzens was jailed in a case that sparked public outrage.
Couzens, a Metropolitan Police officer, falsely arrested Ms Everard as she walked home in south London before raping and murdering her.
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