Published: Sat, January 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

No review of black cab rapist's prison release

No review of black cab rapist's prison release

Justice Secretary David Gauke announced the Government WON'T launch a judicial review into the decision to grant parole to the rapist taxi driver. Lewis said the government was doing "everything we can" to keep Worboys behind bars.

However, police and lawyers of his victims allege that Worboys could have attacked more than 100 women between 2002 and 2008.

Justice Secretary David Gauke said it would "not be appropriate" to seek a judicial review of the case after taking "considered and expert" legal advice.

The head of the Parole Board Nick Hardwick this week said he would welcome a judicial review of the case.

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.

In a statement issued after Gauke's remarks in the Commons, Khan said he was "deeply concerned and unhappy about the prospect of John Worboys' impending release". "Each case depends on the circumstances of each individual bringing a claim".

Mr Gauke told MPs: "The bar for a judicial review to succeed is very high".

Mr Gauke did suggest he supported victims seeking their own advice, saying: "Just because I am not taking action, does not mean others can not".

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

Mr Gauke emphasised that Worboys will not be released until his licence conditions have been finalised, which will see him restricted and monitored, and victims signed up to a contact scheme have had their say on the restrictions.

But he revealed he will meet with victims of Worboys to ensure they are satisfied with the terms of his release.

Two of Worboys' victims have to raise money to challenge the decision themselves.

He said: 'I have made clear that I will not bring a legal challenge to the parole board's decision unless there is a reasonable prospect of success.

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

"The worry on the part of those who appear at parole hearings regularly is that the intense scrutiny of this decision will make the board more cautious in the future, and that it may be less willing to release people who might otherwise have been given a chance", Mr Stanbury told The Independent.

And he announced a wide-ranging review into how the Parole Board works following complaints that victims were kept out of the loop.

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