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John Worboys: Black cab rapist’s victims to launch own legal challenge to stop release after Government drops efforts

Victims of “black cab rapist” John Worboys have vowed to challenge the Parole Board’s decision to release him, after the Government decided to not to seek a judicial review of the ruling. 

Lawyers acting for women abused by the sex attacker have already raised almost £30,000 through a crowdfunding page. They said that they will launch proceedings next week.

The action was announced hours after Justice Secretary David Gauke said “it would not be appropriate” to seek a judicial review of the Parole Board’s ruling to free Worboys after less than 10 years.

The former taxi driver was convicted in 2009 of 19 offences against 12 victims – including one woman who was raped. He served less than a year for each of his victims. 

Police have however, linked him to more than 100 attacks where female passengers were drugged with spiked champagne and sexually assaulted.

Harriet Wistrich, a solicitor representing victims, said the decision did not weaken their case.

“They are convinced

Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/john-worboys-latest-updates-prison-release-black-cab-rapists-judicial-review-legal-challenge-victims-a8168656.html

Ministers abandon legal bid to block release of ‘black cab rapist’ John Worboys

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.

He also ordered a review of how the

Read more at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/19/ministers-abandon-legal-bid-block-release-black-cab-rapist-john/

Black cab rapist Worboys denied open prison move two years before being cleared for release – and lawyers warn …

BLACK cab rapist John Worboys was denied a move to an open prison two years before he was cleared for release.

His switch from a Category A prison was blocked because he refused to admit his crimes.

 Black cab rapist John Worboys was blocked from moving to an open prison two years ago
Black cab rapist John Worboys was blocked from moving to an open prison two years ago

Yet two years later, the Parole Board said he could go free in a decision that has provoked outrage.

His victims do not believe that anything has changed in such a short time to warrant freeing Worboys, who has served just nine years in prison.

Their lawyer, Richard Scorer, said: “This development is deeply troubling and raises numerous, urgent questions.

“What could possibly have changed so drastically that the board feel Worboys is now safe

Read more at: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5358004/black-cab-rapist-john-worboys-open-prison-block/

John Worboys: CPS has ‘no plans’ to prosecute ‘black cab rapist …

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, the Crown 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 back of 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,”

Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/john-worboys-cps-black-cab-rapist-no-plans-prosecute-sex-assault-cases-london-latest-updates-a8155521.html

Victims urge CPS to bring fresh charges against black cab rapist John Worboys

In a letter to the Crown Prosecution Service, they call for a re-assessment of evidence from 93 alleged victims whose cases were never prosecuted.

Worboys was convicted of 19 crimes on evidence from 12 victims, but police said later they believed he attacked up to 102 victims.

Lawyers believe there were 105 victims.

The letter, from solicitors Slater and Gordon and Birnberg Pierce, says victims were assured after Worboys’ conviction that he would “not be coming out for a long time.”

Last week, the Parole Board agreed to his imminent release after he had served a year more than his minimum eight-year sentence.

Worboys would offer passengers Champagne spiked with a sedative and show them a bag of cash
Worboys would offer passengers spiked Champagne and show them a bag

Read more at: https://news.sky.com/story/victims-urge-cps-to-bring-fresh-charges-against-black-cab-rapist-john-worboys-11203626

100 cases against black cab rapist John Worboys could be reopened after early release

ALMOST 100 cases against black-cab rapist John Worboys should be reopened after his early release, lawyers for victims said today.

They have argued the CPS should reconsider action against Britain’s worst serial sex attacker.

 John Worboys was jailed in 2009 after being found guilty of 19 offences against 12 women
John Worboys was jailed in 2009 after being found guilty of 19 offences against 12 women

Lawyers from Slater and Gordon and Birnberg Pierce have asked that 93 cases Worboys was not prosecuted for are reassessed.

Worboys was jailed in 2009 after being found guilty of 19 offences against 12 women.

He became a taxi driver after seeing it as an opportunity to prey on vulnerable women.

It was announced last week that a Parole Board had ruled Worboys should be released after serving less than nine years.

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Black cab rapist John Worboys ‘may be free to contact dozens of victims after his release’

JUSTICE chiefs were blasted by victims of black cab rapist John Worboys last night after it emerged the attacker may be able to contact them.

Letters sent out to victims to notify them about the sex attacker’s release revealed he will not be able to communicate with them “without prior approval of the supervising officer”.

 John Worboys was jailed for 19 attacks but he is feared to have had 200 victims
John Worboys was jailed for 19 attacks but he is feared to have had 200 victims

And Worboys will not even have to ask permission before contacting women who came forward later and were not part of the original trial, according to the Telegraph.

The line in the letter from Julie Francis, of the Ministry of Justice’s Victim Contact Service, stunned women assaulted by the predator over a

Read more at: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5306637/black-cab-rapist-john-worboys-free-to-contact-dozens-of-victims-after-his-release/

John Worboys: Black cab rapist’s victims ‘living in fear’ over release …

Victims of John Worboys are “living in fear” as they await his imminent release from prison without knowing where he will live or what controls he will be put under, lawyers have said.

Richard Scorer, a specialist abuse lawyer who is representing 11 of his victims, told The Independent many were losing faith that the criminal justice system could protect them.

“Worboys had the addresses of a lot of these women because he dropped them off at their homes, and we know from the criminal file that he kept a notebook with the details,” he added.

“None of these women have been told anything about what the licence conditions are and a lot of them are very concerned for their safety.

“We don’t know where he will be living – could they go into the supermarket and bump into him?”

MPs and members of the House of Lords demanded to know why the Parole

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Worboys victim fears black cab rapist may attempt to contact her

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.

Read more at: https://news.sky.com/story/worboys-victim-fears-black-cab-rapist-may-attempt-to-contact-her-11201411

Theresa May says she knows a victim of ‘Black cab rapist’ John Worboys as she vows to make parole decisions more …

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.

Read more at: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/theresa-says-knows-victim-black-11811700