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No review of black cab rapist's prison release

No review of black cab rapist's prison release

The Government will not seek a judicial review over the Parole Board's decision to release black-cab rapist John Worboys from prison, David Gauke has announced. Lewis said the government was doing "everything we can" to keep Worboys behind bars.

Police believe he attacked at least 100 victims, but more allegations were not pursued either because evidence was poor, or due to the fact that more convictions would not have added to his sentence, prosecutors said.

Bob Neill, chairman of the Commons justice committee, said the case should lead to an overhaul of rules which ban the Parole board from explaining its decisions.

Worboys, 60, was jailed for 10 years in 2009 for drugging and sexually assaulting 12 women and raping one.

Two of his victims have been crowdfunding for legal representation to challenge his release, and say they only found out he was leaving prison through the media.

The announcement will be a bitter blow to Worboys' victims, whose hopes were raised last weekend when it emerged that Gauke was seeking advice on the possibility of launching a judicial review, where a judge reviews the lawfulness of a decision or action by a public body.

One of the victims, who was raped by Worboys in 2003, said she has been in a "state of shock" since hearing the news about his release. "Each case depends on the circumstances of each individual bringing a claim".

Another called for the Parole Board itself to be put away for their decision.

He refused to explain his decision further - saying that publishing the legal advice could harm attempts by other groups to challenge Worboys' release.




He warned the bar would have been "very high" and that there was "no reasonable prospect of success".

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan also said he had instructed counsel over the possibility of a judicial review of the decision.

"I have decided it would not be appropriate for me as Secretary of State to proceed with such a case", he told MPs.

The annoucement of his release was met with anger by representatives of victims, some of whom were not informed.

He said: "I know this will disappoint the victims in this case and members of this House given the crimes for which he has been convicted".

Announcing that a mechanism to allow Parole Board decisions to be reviewed was being considered, he said the case had shown some "aspects of its decision-making process which need to be examined and improved".

"But today's news makes the need for changes in the Parole Board even more pressing".

"We think this is a sensible course of action to take to make sure that the public and especially victims have confidence in the Parole Board's work".


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