Rapist Metropolitan Police officer David Carrick will serve at least 30 years behind bars for attacking a dozen women over a 17-year period.

In a two-day sentencing hearing, Southwark Crown Court heard how the 48-year-old “monster” from Stevenage used his power and control to carry out a “catalogue of violent and brutal” sex attacks between 2003 and 2020.

His victims spoke of how they had “encountered evil”, and the court was told Carrick sent one of his victims a photograph of himself with a work-issue gun, saying: “Remember I am the boss.”

The Comet: David Carrick's house in Stevenage, where some of the sex attacks took place.David Carrick's house in Stevenage, where some of the sex attacks took place. (Image: Hertfordshire Constabulary / CPS)

The court also heard how he told another woman he was the “safest person that she could be with and that he was a police officer” before taking her back to his nearby flat to rape her.


Carrick, who joined the Met Police in 2001 and was sacked following his conviction, was handed 36 life sentences with a minimum term of 32 years.

The sex predator previously admitted 49 charges, including 24 counts of rape and charges of sexual assault, controlling and coercive behaviour and false imprisonment.

Deducting the number of days he had spent in custody from his minimum term, Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb told the defendant: “These convictions represent a spectacular downfall for a man charged with upholding the law and empowered to do so even to the extent of being authorised to bear a firearm in the execution of his duty.

The Comet: A cupboard under Carrick's stairs where he held some of his victims.A cupboard under Carrick's stairs where he held some of his victims. (Image: Hertfordshire Constabulary)

“You brazenly raped and sexually assaulted women, some of which you barely knew. You have before you a difficult time in custody for many years. You present a real danger to women and this danger will last indefinitely.”


Senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Iain Moor from Hertfordshire Constabulary, said: “I am extremely relieved and pleased that as a result of the relentless hard work of my team and the courage of the victims in this case, that a serious and prolific sex offender is now going to be behind bars for a very long time.

“This has been a very long and challenging investigation and it is a testament to the bravery of the victims, who were prepared to relive their ordeals and face him in court, and my officers' unwavering and dedicated pursuit of justice, that David Carrick has been handed a life sentence with a minimum term of 30 years.

“Our investigation does not stop here, however. We have set up a special reporting portal to allow people to continue to share information about David Carrick with us. If anyone else thinks they have been a victim, we still want to hear from you and we will support you.

“As a serving police officer, he has brought shame on the profession and was not fit to wear the uniform, but I hope that our determination to get justice for the victims in this case, will go some way to reassuring the public that nobody is above the law and we will bring people like David Carrick to justice.”

The reporting portal can be accessed via mipp.police.uk/operation/35SA020121R46-PO1.