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.

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.

Today's letter, from Richard Scorer of Slater and Gordon and Harriet Wistrich of Birnberg Pierce, told of the alleged victims' shock at his early release, adding he was prosecuted for 12 out of 105 allegations.

It said: "The decision of the Parole Board, the manner it was communicated to victims (most found out through the media), and the seeming failure to put in place proper measures to protect victims following his release are all matters of grave concern to our clients; we are raising these matters with the appropriate authorities.

“However the purpose of this letter is to formally request that the CPS undertake a thorough review of all available evidence against Worboys to determine whether he can be prosecuted in respect of further offences.”

The lawyers then added that victims were told Worboys would “not be coming out for a long time” and, as a result, it was not necessary to prosecute the serial rapist with another trial.

It goes on: “To the extent that this was the CPS’s expectation at the time, this has clearly not happened and this justification for not bringing further prosecutions has fallen away.”

One of Worboys’ victims, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "It is only right that the CPS reassesses these 93 unprosecuted cases. These cases were not dropped at the time for lack of evidence, but rather because the CPS thought he would never be released from prison – and yet he’s due to be released in just a couple of weeks.

“The evidence is there. It would be a total scandal if it is now not properly looked at. There are few things more difficult and upsetting than coming forward after being sexually assaulted or raped.

"But when you do, then not to have your evidence taken into account, is much, much worse. What signal does that send? Unless these cases are reopened we can have no faith in the justice system."

Richard Scorer, a specialist abuse lawyer at Slater and Gordon, which represented 11 of Worboys victims in a successful civil claim, said: “It is crucial that the CPS reconsiders all of the cases Worboys was not prosecuted for to assess whether he should face further charges.

"Our clients were led to believe their attacker would not be walking free for many many years, so there was no point in prosecuting him for their allegations.

"This clearly has not happened and we are left with dozens of women fearing for their safety and feeling sorely let down by the very system that is meant to protect them.

"It is of fundamental importance that The CPS agrees to this request to ensure Worboys’ victims, and indeed the greater public, have their faith restored in the criminal justice system.”

In the wake of the early release announcement Theresa May called for more transparency in future Parole Board decisions as she revealed she knows one of Worboys' victims.

She told the Andrew Marr Show: "I fully recognise why people are concerned about this.

"We want to ensure that victims feel confident enough to come forward, so that they feel confident that the police will take action, and confident that they will get justice."


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