LONDON MAYOR Sadiq Khan has instructed lawyers to mount a legal challenge against black cab sex attacker John Worboys release from jail.
The mayor and lawyers acting for a number of Worboys’ victims are seeking leave to apply to the High Court after justice secretary David Gauke said he would not launch a judicial review of the Parole Board decision to release the former hackney carriage driver from Wakefield Prison.
Worboys (60) was given an indefinite prison sentence in 2009 at Croydon Crown Court with a minimum term of eight years for drugging and sexually assaulting female passengers.
Harriet Wistrich, a lawyer representing two of Worboys’ victims known as DSD and NVD said:”We intend to launch judicial proceedings against the Parole Board.”
PHC understands that the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association has also donated £5,000 to the crowdfunding appeal.
Londoners’ safety is my priority. I am deeply worried and unhappy at the Parole Board plan to release John Worboys on to the streets of London, where many of his victims still live and work.
The legal challenge to the release of the taxi sex attacker comes after the justice secretary backed down from a plan to launch a judicial review. Speaking to the House of Commons, Mr Gauke said: “I have decided it would not be appropriate for me to proceed with such a case. I understand that some will be disappointed but I have acted swiftly to hopefully provide some clarity for victims.”
Worboys was convicted of one count of rape and 12 sexual assaults involving the administration of noxious substances. After the taxi driver was jailed, the Metropolitan Police received over 100 complaints of alleged sex attacks by female cab passengers.
A three-member panel of the Parole Board ruled that Worboys was safe to be released because he no longer represents a danger to the public.
As PHC went to press, Worboys was due to be set free in the next few weeks. He will remain in prison for longer if a judicial review is launched.