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,”
A woman in the U.K. is asking for money from strangers online to do what the criminal justice system won’t—put her rapist in jail.
Emily Hunt, a 38-year-old strategy consultant based in London, turned to the crowdfunding platform GoFundMe to privately prosecute her rape case after the Crown Prosecution Services dropped the case for lack of evidence. As of Tuesday afternoon, Hunt has raised over $18,000 in about two weeks.
In the U.K., complainants can finance private prosecutions, which can lead to the same type of legal action against alleged criminals—which means Hunt’s alleged rapist would face jail time if convicted.
If Hunt is successful in prosecuting her case, it’ll be the first time someone in the U.K. has used her rights to a private prosecution to convict a rapist—but Hunt hopes it’s not the last. After bringing her