The mother of the Metropolitan Police officer who has been revealed as one of Britain’s worst rapists has claimed she reported her son when he was a teenager following a ‘serious allegation’.

A former friend has also described how David Carrick, 47, was a ‘power freak’ who would exploit his position to intimidate women and described how he witnessed the officer flash his warrant card three times after starting fights.

The firearms officer, known to police colleagues as ‘B***ard Dave’, has admitted 48 rapes and a string of other sadistic crimes against 12 women while he was serving with the force between 2003 and 2020.

Carrick’s mother today said he had a ‘normal-ish’ childhood and did ‘fairly well’ at school, but that he would regularly bring home girlfriends, so often that ‘I didn’t bother asking about them in the end’.

Carrick, known to police colleagues as ‘B***ard Dave’, has admitted 48 rapes and a string of other sadistic crimes against 12 women

The firearms officer took delight in humiliating his victims, whom he branded his 'slaves'

The firearms officer took delight in humiliating his victims, whom he branded his ‘slaves’

Jean split with the officer’s father when he was a teenager and is now in a relationship with another man who has moved into the family home. 

Speaking from her house in Salisbury, she told The Guardian that she raised a concern about him when he was a teenager.

She said: ‘After that, he changed. He just sort of kept himself to himself and away from the family. And that’s when I had my two other children. 

‘I didn’t know this until recently, but my other son told me: “He’s a horrible man. He used to kick me on the back of the legs.'”

Carrick joined the Army at 19 years old before serving tours in Cyprus and the Falklands in 1996.

Jean added: ‘He always wanted to join the Army. I think he wanted to travel around. It could also be because he wanted to carry a weapon.’

Meanwhile, Carrick’s former school friend revealed how he ‘treated women like c**p’.

Detective Chief Inspector Iain Moor from the Bedfordshire, Cambridge and Hertfordshire major crime unit (2nd right) and Jaswant Narwal Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS Thames and Chiltern (right) speaking to the media outside Southwark Crown Court

Detective Chief Inspector Iain Moor from the Bedfordshire, Cambridge and Hertfordshire major crime unit (2nd right) and Jaswant Narwal Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS Thames and Chiltern (right) speaking to the media outside Southwark Crown Court

He told the newspaper: ‘When we were younger I thought he was a cool lad. A lot of people liked him. 

‘He was one of those lads who was good at everything. I think he had good grades and he was very much a sports person. 

‘He was very popular with the women; he was a good-looking lad, he was a fit lad.’

But the friend said he ‘quite quickly saw things I didn’t like’ shortly after Carrick bought a house in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, in 2008.

He added: ‘He would use his being in the police and he would use his power to get his way. He would start arguments and then say he’s in the police and throw his weight around a little bit too much. 

‘So I used to say to him: “Look, Dave, you can’t be doing that, you’re a police officer.'”

The friend also recalled at least three occasions in which Carrick flashed his warrant card to intimidate others.

It comes after Carrick pleaded guilty to abusing and torturing 12 victims over nearly two decades.

The firearms officer took delight in humiliating his victims, whom he branded his ‘slaves’ – with some locked in a small cupboard under the stairs for ten hours without food. He hit one with a belt, and forced some of his victims to clean his house naked. 

Carrick appearing in Southwark Crown Court, where he pleaded guilty to 24 counts of rape

Carrick appearing in Southwark Crown Court, where he pleaded guilty to 24 counts of rape 

The PC was able torture and abuse women for 17 years concerns being raised within the police force nine times before his arrest.

Today, the Met apologised for its failure to stop Carrick – as No 10 warned trust in the police had been ‘shattered’.

Sir Mark Rowley said: ‘We failed in two respects. We failed as investigators, where we should have been more intrusive and joined the dots on this repeated misogyny over a couple of decades.

‘And, as leaders, our mindset should have been more determined to root out such a misogynist.

‘These failures are horrific examples of the systemic failures that concern me and were highlighted by Baroness Casey in her recent review. 

‘I do know an apology doesn’t go far enough, but I do think it’s important to acknowledge our failings and for me to say I’m sorry.

‘I apologise to all of David Carrick’s victims. I also want to say sorry to all of the women across London who feel we’ve let them down.’

Carrick, from Stevenage, Hertfordshire, pleaded guilty to 43 charges at the Old Bailey in December and the final six at Southwark Crown Court on Monday.

They include 24 counts of rape against nine women, but some of the charges are multiple incident counts, meaning they relate to at least 48 rapes.

Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb remanded Carrick in custody ahead of sentencing over two days from February 6. 

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: ‘I am absolutely sickened and appalled by the truly abhorrent offences that David Carrick has committed.

‘Londoners will be rightly shocked that this man was able to work for the Met for so long, and serious questions must be answered about how he was able to abuse his position as an officer in this horrendous manner.

‘I remain in close contact with the new Met Commissioner about this case and the work to reform the culture and standards of the Met has already started with Baroness Louise Casey’s interim review now complete and a new, anonymous police complaints hotline and anti-corruption team recently established by Sir Mark Rowley.’ 



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