05 January 2018
John Worboys Victims Outraged as ‘Black Cab Rapist’ is to be Freed
John Worboys, who is thought to be one of the UK’s most prolific rapists, is set to be released from prison.
The ‘Black Cab Rapist’ is believed to have carried out more than 100 rapes and sexual assaults on female passengers across London between 2002 and 2008.
Worboys, 60, was ordered to serve at least eight years in jail in 2009 after being convicted of 19 offences at Croydon Crown Court, South London.
If he now admits that he deliberately and systematically drugged and raped women, then the police need to look at whether there are any crimes that he was not convicted of and seek justice for those victims.
After serving nine years and nine months in prison The Parole Board have approved his release, following a case hearing in November, last year.
During his trial the jury heard how the ex-stripper picked up his victims in London’s West End and plied them with champagne laced with sedatives, claiming he had won money on the lottery.
Worboys’ Victims Left in The Dark
Our clients have been left devastated by the shocking news that a man who mercilessly raped scores of women, denied his heinous crimes and then forced them to endure the torment of a criminal trial is to be released. For victims not be told that he is to be freed by the parole board adds insult to injury.
In November, the Parole Board approved Worboys’ release with “stringent” licence conditions. His release was recommended without contacting any of his victims. Worboys' period on licence lasts for at least 10 years and he can be sent back to jail if he breaches the conditions.
When we visited Worboys in jail he was clearly a very manipulative and dangerous individual. We are concerned he may have fooled the Board into believing he is no longer a threat. For many years after he was convicted he continued to deny even the offences for which he was found guilty.
What needs to happen next?
The Parole Board must now reveal publicly whether Worboys has finally admitted his crimes and shown any remorse whatsoever. If he still denies his crimes, then he clearly poses a continuing risk to women. If he now admits that he deliberately and systematically drugged and raped women, then the police need to look at whether there are any crimes that he was not convicted of and seek justice for those victims.
The specialist abuse lawyers at Slater and Gordon brought successful civil claims on behalf of 11 of Worboys’ victims. We offer a free and completely confidential consultation to anyone affected by sexual abuse. Call us anytime 24/7 on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online.
Richard Scorer is a principal lawyer and head of the abuse team at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK.
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