PAROLE BOARD boss Nick Hardwick has condemned plans by justice secretary David Gauke MP to use a judicial review to stop black cab sex attacker John Worboys (60) from being released from prison.
Conservative Party chairman Brandon Lewis MP said his colleague was, “Doing everything he can to make sure that this man stays behind bars,” but Hardwick accused politicians of meddling with the independence of the British justice system.
Mr Hardwick added:
It would be a bad day for us all if the rightful abhorrence over John Worboys’ crimes or even justified concern about a Parole Board decision allowed these basic principles of justice to be overturned. Not on my watch.
Taxi driver Worboys was found guilty in 2009 of 19 offences against 12 women, including one rape and five sexual assaults and was granted parole after serving nine years in prison. The trial judge gave an indefinite sentence for the protection of the public and the Metropolitan Police later estimated that the total number of victims could be more than 100.