4 Oct 2021

UK police officer from same unit as Sarah Everard's killer charged with rape

2:04 pm on 4 October 2021

A London police officer based in the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command was charged with rape on Sunday, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

Police officers at an Extinction Rebellion protest in London, Britain, 23 August 2021. Climate action group Extinction Rebellion (XR) are planning to hold multiple actions over two weeks from August 23rd 2021

There are fears in the UK that women will be less trusting of the police after a former officer's conviction for the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard. (file pic) Photo: AFP

David Carrick, aged 46, was charged by police in Hertfordshire, where he was off-duty at the time.

The charge comes days after Wayne Couzens, an officer in the same command, was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for the kidnap, rape and murder of Everard in March in a case that shocked Britain and stirred protests over violence against women.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick arrives to make a statement outside of the Old Bailey Central Criminal Court, following the sentencing of British police officer Wayne Couzens for the murder of Sarah Everard, in London on September 30, 2021.

Cressida Dick Photo: AFP

The Metropolitan Police said it was "sickened, angered and devastated" by Couzens' crimes, and its Commissioner Cressida Dick apologised to Everard's family.

The case triggered calls for major reform over how police officers are vetted and how crimes against women are dealt with.

Speaking about the rape charge, 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."

She said criminal proceedings must now take their course.

Carrick was arrested on Saturday by Hertfordshire Constabulary and suspended the same day by the Metropolitan Police.

- Reuters

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