HIGH COURT judges have ruled that black cab rapist John Worboys will be banned from London and Sussex if his parole application is approved.
The latest ruling comes after three judges heard two days of legal arguments at the High Court. Their judgement will be released on a future date to be announced and means that Worboys will stay in prison until a decision is handed down.
The taxi sex fiend was due to be released by the Parole Board from Wakefield Prison in January but was kept in jail after a number of his victims argued he was still a threat.
The licensed black cab driver had been given an indefinite jail term in 2009, with a minimum of eight years to be served, after he was found guilty of 19 offences, including rape, sexual assault and drugging of female cab passengers.
Worboys (60), who is now known as John Radford, watched the proceedings via a video link from prison as Sir Brian Leveson, Mr Justice Garnham and Mr Justice Jay announced they would take their time to consider their decision.
Sir Brian said: “We will reserve the decision and take time to give the case anxious scrutiny. It is obviously critical for everybody, but particularly the interested party (Worboys) that he knows what the result of this case is as soon as possible.”During the two day hearing, Edward Fitzgerald QC, counsel for Worboys, told a packed court: “He has completed his tariff and is therefore entitled to be released if it is not necessary for the protection of the public that he be detained.
“The parole board directed his release, he was entitled on their direction to freedom and he has had that taken away.”
Sir Brian added:
I think it is a unique case in which someone who has been granted his freedom has then had it taken away from him.
If ever there was a case for the judicial review jurisdiction to be exercised with the greatest care and anxious scrutiny, then it is this case.
After Worboys was found guilty in 2009, Metropolitan Police detectives cold case reviewed previous unsolved crimes and believe the taxi rapist could have allegedly committed more than 105 crimes against women between 2002 and 2008.
His release from prison was blocked by two women, who cannot be named for legal reasons, after they argued there was something “badly wrong” with the Parole Board’s decision to free him.
Their lawyers said the ruling had been “irrational” and should have been quashed, blaming the Parole Board for not taking into account, “critical evidence” of the “wider allegations” against the former black cab driver.
The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and the Sun newspaper have also served legal papers connected with the case.
A spokesman for the Parole Board said the decision to release Worboys was, “lawful and rational” and based upon the appropriate evidence.