Worboys victims head to court to challenge release

Ceria Alfonso
Marcha 13, 2018

A Parole Board decision that he should be freed on licence after spending less than a decade behind bars was widely criticised by his victims and politicians.

The case against his release, which has been partly crowdfunded, has been taken to the High Court by the London mayor and two of Worboys' female victims.

Worboys, 60, was jailed indefinitely in 2009 for assaults on 12 women in London.

Kauffman said psychologists advising the Parole Board had been misled into believing Worboys had taken "full responsibility" for his offences, that he possessed an "insight" into the triggers which led him to offend, and that he now had an "openness and honesty" about him.

Worboys is thought to have carried out more than 100 rapes and sexual assaults on women in the capital between 2002 and 2008.

During a preliminary hearing, Worboys sat between prison escort staff in the secure dock of court five in London's Royal Courts of Justice.

News of his release, announced in January, prompted anger as to why not all of the 102 complainants against him had their cases brought to trial.

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She told the court: "It is obvious, absolutely obvious, that this evidence of wider offending had a central bearing on all of those conclusions that formed the basis of the Parole Board's conclusion that there had been a reduction in risk".

Ms Kaufmann added it would have been fair to consider these allegations as the board did not have to determine whether he had actually committed the crimes.

During the High Court challenge, three judges will hear evidence over two days from the victims and Mr Khan. They brought the case out of concern both for themselves and the "wider public and women in particular", their barrister said.

"That throws into question the entire account that he has given for why his offending began", she said.

"John Worboys presents a significant threat to Londoners' safety and on behalf of his victims and survivors, I felt I had to be involved".

The Sun newspaper is also part of the legal challenge, after it was granted permission last month to challenge the Parole Board over not publishing its decision.

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