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Justice The Parole Board ignored ‘critical evidence,’ say victims of rapist Worboys

VICTIMS of black-cab rapist John Worboys accused the Parole Board today of ignoring “critical evidence” as they launched a challenge to the “irrational” decision to release him.

The evidence relates to “wider allegations” of offending by the serial sex attacker, the victims’ lawyers told the High Court.

Phillippa Kaufmann QC, for the women, said: “The Parole Board failed to take account of critical evidence — evidence that wasn’t in its discretion to ignore.”

Police believe Mr Worboys attacked more than 100 women, although he was only convicted in relation to 12 of them, the court heard.

He was jailed indefinitely in 2009, with a minimum term of eight years, for drugging and sexually assaulting female passengers whom he had picked up in his black cab.

Ms Kaufmann pointed out that Mr Worboys given a statement in which he denied committing any offences other than those he was convicted of.

The QC told the judges that even putting aside the “failure” to take into account the wider allegations, “this is a decision that is irrational.”

Ms Kaufmann said the Parole Board’s reasons for believing that Mr Worboys no longer posed a risk to society included that he had “learned to be open and honest.”

She said the board also considered that his risk was reduced because he took “full responsibility” for his crimes, had “good insight” into his behaviour and had undergone treatment.

However, the barrister said the police officers who investigated Mr Worboys believed he had committed offences against 105 women.

She added that he had often left victims “confused and disoriented,” with only a partial memory of their ordeal.

The judges are also hearing an action against the Parole Board brought by London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

As the two-day case got under way, Mr Khan said in a statement that it was his “top priority to keep Londoners safe.”

He added: “I am morally and duty bound to do everything within my power to protect them from harm.

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

Mr Worboys, 60, who now goes by the name of John Radford, watched the proceedings from prison via a video link.


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