How Judge works out sentence for PC David Carrick

Many viewers are intrigued by how the Judge sentencing works in relation to the 36 life sentences given to Diplomatic protection Police officer David Carrick for raping multiple women over a 20 year period. 

Southwark Crown Court heard the disgraced PC, nicknamed ‘Bastard Dave’, carried out a ‘catalogue of violent and brutal’ sex attacks between 2003 and 2020.

The Judge started at a minimun term of 60 years and explains in sentencing how David got a 20% reduction for pleading guilty and saving the vicitm’s families the trauma of a trial.

She also deducts time served in custody already and then further concurrent sentences.

Home Secretary Suella Braverman described his crimes as ‘a scar on our police’ and said ‘it is vital we uncover how he was able to wear the uniform for so long’.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley apologised to women in London for failings by the force.


Speaking outside New Scotland Yard, he said: ‘He should not have been a police officer.

‘The treatment that he subjected his victims to was truly degrading and inhumane. ‘There were many signs… it is upsetting to be stood here talking about this and I apologise again to the victims and indeed I apologise to the women of London, many of whom will be troubled and their trust in policing will be shaken.’ Carrick, who joined the Met in 2001 before becoming an armed officer with the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command in 2009, used the ‘power and control’ of his status as a policeman to silence the women or stop them leaving. Carrick was unmasked as one of the country’s worst ever sex offenders after pleading guilty to 49 charges, including 24 counts of rape.


The judge, Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb handed him 36 life sentences, with a minimum term of 30 years.

She told Carrick: ‘All the victims were aware of your occupation and affected by it, some of whom you specifically reassured, tricked or intimidated, abusing the trust the public vest in police officers.’The judge said: ‘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 those duties.

‘Behind the public appearance of propriety and trustworthiness you took monstrous advantage of women drawn into intimate relationships with you. ‘You brazenly raped and sexually assaulted many women, some you barely knew. You behaved as if you were untouchable. ‘You were bold, and at times relentless, trusting that no victim would overcome her shame and fear to report you. ‘For nearly two decades you were proved right. But now, a combination of those 12 women by coming forward, and your police colleagues by acting on their evidence, have exposed you and brought you low.

‘You have lost your liberty, your job, and your status. You have before you the prospect of a difficult time in custody for many years.’ Carrick sat in the dock with his eyes closed and head bowed during the hearing in a packed courtroom, including some of his victims, and showed no emotion as he was sentenced. The court heard he attempted to kill himself while on remand at Belmarsh prison and was detained in a secure hospital but was found not to be suffering from any mental disorder. The judge told him: ‘You were driven to try to commit suicide as a self-pitying reaction to the shame brought on you by these proceedings rather than remorse.’


Carrick’s crimes were all carried out while he was a serving police officer.

He passed vetting checks to guard sites including embassies and the Houses of Parliament and completed training courses, including one on domestic abuse in 2005. Carrick told one victim ‘he was the safest person that she could be with and that he was a police officer’. The court heard he sent one of his victims a photograph of himself with a police-issue gun, saying: ‘Remember I am the boss.’ Carrick also used his police baton as a threat and handcuffs in an attack over 17 years between 2003 and 2020.


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