The Government has abandoned its legal attempt to block the release of the ‘black cab rapist’ John Worboys.
David Gauke, the Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor, announced on Friday that he would not be pursuing a judicial review of the Parole Board’s decision to let Worboys out of jail. Mr Gauke said expert legal opinion had advised against him trying to take the Parole Board to court to overturn Worboys’ release.
The decision paves the way for Worboys, one of the most prolific sex attackers in British legal history, to be freed from jail by the end of January. He will be sent to a bail hostel under licensing conditions still to be finalised.
Mr Gauke declined to give details of the legal advice he received explaining that it could prejudice a separate legal action being brought by two victims of the serial sex attacker.
Serial sex attacker John Worboys, who is known as the “black cab rapist”, will not face further charges unless new referrals are made by the police, theCrown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said.
The 60-year-old was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting 12 victims in 2009. Croydon Crown Court heard at the time that he gave his victims champagne spiked with drugs before attacking them in the backof his taxi.
After his trial, detectives said that over the course of his 13-year career as a London taxi driver, he could have attacked more than 100 female passengers. At least 19 allegations that emerged after his conviction were not prosecuted, following consultation between the CPS and Metropolitan Police. There are no cases currently live.
Scotland Yard said it had no new information to send to the CPS, who in turn said it had ”no plans” to reassess 93 cases that had not been prosecuted against Worboys.
“Our decision-making was on the basis of all available evidence and there are no plans to review it,”
The woman said she had little confidence in the parole system after receiving a letter from the Ministry of Justice, warning her of his imminent release.
It read: “The following licence condition will be placed on his licence: Not to approach or communicate, directly or indirectly, the victims of the index offence without the prior approval of the Supervising Officer.”
The victim, who did not want to be identified, told Sky News: “That doesn’t fill me with confidence. Our safety is a big issue. He knows where I live, he had my address.
“What will the police do to make us feel safe? He will be under surveillance, but we won’t be.”
She said she hoped another of Worboys’ licence conditions will be that he stays out of London, where he attacked all his victims in a long campaign of rape and sexual assault.
Theresa May has revealed she knows a victim of “Black cab rapist” John Worboys – and hinted she may change the law after an outcry over his release.
Ministers launched a review last night of the decision to free the 60-year-old just nine years after he was jailed on 19 charges of drugging and sexually assaulting 12 passengers, in one case raping a woman.
Victims say they felt “cheated and betrayed” after first finding out about the Parole Board’s decision from reports in the media.
Now the Prime Minister has said she knows one of those victims who was not informed.
She said she was determined to do “what is necessary” to ensure decisions are made more openly in future, and would not rule out changing the law.