David Carrick sentencing: notable charity speaks out

A leading charity against violence towards women have responded to the sentencing of serial rapist David Carrick yesterday for a minimum of 30 years.

The 48-year-old carried out violent and sexual offences against at least 12 women over the course of nearly two decades.

Farah Nazeer, the chief executive of Women’s Aid, said that Carrick abused his position as a Metropolitan Police officer and his sentencing will do little to ease the pain that his victims will continue to suffer from for years to come.

She added: “This sentence will not diminish the fear and trauma that this dangerous predator inflicted on his victims, who will have to live with the consequences of his brutal and dehumanising actions for the rest of their lives.”

Nazeer called for urgent improvements to deter these acts from occurring within the police force again.

She said: “We need nothing short of complete, system-wide holistic reform of the police and across all sectors of the justice system to ensure women are protected from predatory men.”

Carrick pleaded guilty to 49 charges, including 24 counts of rape, over a period of 17 years.

He was sentenced to a minimum of 32 years in prison, which includes time already served.

That means he still has to serve 30 years and 238 days to serve in full and only then can parole be considered.

Police believe more victims remain unknown and the investigation into Carrick remains active.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “This should never have been allowed to happen and must never happen again.

“There can be no hiding place for those who abuse their position of trust and authority within the police.”

As one of the leading federations to provide services for women suffering domestic abuse, Women’s Aid aimed to build a future and society that condones domestic abuse.

Carrick joined the Metropolitan Police in 2001 and was an armed officer from 2009 onwards.

Featured image credit: Hertfordshire Police

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