A Metropolitan Police officer from the same unit as Sarah Everard‘s killer Wayne Couzens appeared in court today charged with raping a woman he met on Tinder.
David Carrick, 46, was arrested on Saturday and has been suspended from the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command.
He is charged with one count of rape over an alleged attack in St Albans on September 4 last year when was off-duty. He ’emphatically denies’ the allegation.
David Carrick, 46, was arrested on Saturday and has been suspended from the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command
Carrick appeared via video link at St Albans Magistrates’ Court and was remanded into custody to appear at St Albans Crown Court on November 1.
The Met has 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 yesterday: ‘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.’
It comes just days after Couzens. 48. was given a whole life tariff for Sarah Everard’s kidnap, rape and murder.
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.’