Police officer rapist David Carrick will not have jail sentence reviewed

Metropolitan Police officer David Carrick is among the country’s worst ever sex offenders (PA Media)
Metropolitan Police officer David Carrick is among the country’s worst ever sex offenders (PA Media)

David Carrick will not have his prison sentence increased, despite concerns that the decision to avoid a whole-life tarriff meant it was unduly lenient.

The Solicitor General has said the case of rapist Metropolitan Police officer will not be referred under the unduly lenient sentencing scheme – saying the high threshold had not been met.

Carrick had pleaded guilty to 85 serious offences, including rapes, sexual assaults, false imprisonment, and coercive and controlling behaviour, which included locking the women in small cupboards and whistling at them as if they were a dog.

In all, he carried out attacks on 12 women between 2003 and 2020, all of which took place while he was a Met police officer. Some he met online via dating apps; others he attacked after at first appearing charming and luring them into relationships.

He joined the Met in 2001 and was selected in 2009 to carry a gun and guard parliamentary and diplomatic sites.

In a statement on Friday Michael Tomlinson KC said: “Because of the strong feelings this case evokes, it came as little surprise that I received so many referrals under the unduly lenient sentence scheme to consider the term of 32 years minus time served handed to Carrick .

“I have received full and detailed legal advice and considered the issues raised very carefully and concluded Carrick’s case cannot properly be referred to the Court of Appeal.

“Such a referral can only be made if the legal test is met, irrespective of the seriousness of the offending or the emotions the offending may evoke in all of us. But my duty as a law officer in considering whether sentences may be unduly lenient is to act quasi-judicially and independently of Government, even when it is not easy or popular.

“At sentence, Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb described the “irretrievable devastation” Carrick has wrought on the women who were victims of his sickening offences, and I am satisfied that she gave careful and detailed consideration to all the features of this case.

“The threshold for referral is a high one, and that was not met in this case. It is only met if the sentencing judge made a gross error or imposed a sentence outside the range reasonably available in the circumstances of the offending.”

More to follow.