Black cab rapist: John Worboys handed second life sentence

The judge said Worboys was still a risk

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Black cab rapist John Worboys has been jailed for life, with a minimum term of six years, after four more victims came forward since he was handed his original indefinite sentence.

The 62-year-old predator, who is already in jail for attacks on 12 women, was told he was “potentially just as dangerous now as the point of the first sentence”.

Earlier this year he pleaded guilty to spiking the drinks of an additional four women – in attacks dating back to 2000 – at a hearing at the Old Bailey.

The court heard the defendant had admitted to a psychologist that he plied a total of 90 women with alcohol, and drugged a quarter of them, after being inspired by pornography.

Worboys was locked up indefinitely for public protection with a minimum of eight years in 2009, after being found guilty of 19 sex offences against 12 women between 2006 and 2008.

Last year, the Parole Board overturned a decision to release him, and ruled that he should remain behind bars, due to his “sense of sexual entitlement”.

The court heard how Worboys had told psychiatrists he had been “fantasising” about his crimes since 1986, and was motivated by “hostility towards women”.

Sentencing, Mrs Justice McGowan said: “I am satisfied to the required standard, on the evidence I have heard, that you are a continuing risk. I find you are currently dangerous.

“Your offending spans five years more than previously known.

“I do not know when, if ever, you will cease to be a risk. It will be for the Parole Board to decide in the future.”

The judge added that she was concerned about Worboys’ ability to “manipulate others” and his “failure to admit” the risk he posed.

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