pleads guilty to rape and assault in Ravenscourt Park
Sapphire, the Metropolitan Police Service's specialist unit
dealing with sexual offences, has today seen success at the
Old Bailey when Michael Carr, aged 36, pleaded guilty to his
involvement in the brutal rape and assault of a 25-year-old
17th 2001, the victim was walking home at around 11pm, from
Ravenscourt Park station, north along Ravenscourt Road, when
she became aware of someone following her. She was approached
by Carr who attempted to talk to her whilst she continued
walking. As she approached her front door in a near by street,
he grabbed her around the neck and held a sharp object against
her throat, threatening to stab her unless she opened her
the victim opened the communal door to the house, Carr dragged
her out again once he realised that her boyfriend was at home
in their flat coming off the shared hallway. Carr forced the
victim into Ravenscourt Park where he threatened to kill her
before proceeding to indecently assault and rape her.
the ordeal he led her from the park and forced her to withdraw
£20 so that he could get a taxi home. They continued
to walk east along King Street and when the victim spotted
a 24-hour shop she persuaded Carr that she needed a drink.
She managed to run into the shop where the sales assistant
and other customers came to her aid and contacted police.
By this point it was almost three and half hours after Carr
had first approached her.
appeal led to Carr being identified by a number of people
and police in the Republic of Ireland arrested him on 8 days
later in the Republic of Ireland for separate offences. Earlier
this month Carr was extradited back to the UK after completing
a prison sentence in Ireland. Following interview, he was
charged the same day with burglary with intent to rape, false
imprisonment, indecent assault, actual bodily harm and two
counts of rape.
not guilty to one count of rape and one count of burglary.
This was accepted by the Crown Prosecution Service, which
will provide no evidence in relation to these two matters.
Sentencing has been adjourned until 28 February at the Old
Holt, who led the investigation for Operation Sapphire, said:
"This was a horrendous and completely unprovoked attack
by a stranger who subjected the victim to a demeaning and
violent sexual assault. This man was caught through the public
identifying him in our media appeals and I hope that the conclusion
of today's case demonstrates to the public how their help
is integral to today's successful outcome."