Supreme Court verdict won't keep John Worboys in jail, says lawyer

The decision to release Worboys is the subject of a separate judicial review

The decision to release Worboys is the subject of a separate judicial review

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The case of John Worboys won't actually be affected by the Supreme Court case brought by his victims.

That's according to lawyer and former Tory MP Jerry Hayes, who spoke to Julia Hartley-Brewer about the Supreme Court verdict today.

Britain's highest court ruled that the Metropolitan Police had failed two victims of the black cab rapist by not believing their allegations. A statement from the Met said it "will now consider the full implications of the judgement and what it means for investigations in the future. There is no doubt that it will have implications for how we resource and prioritise our investigations."

In January the Parole Board announced that Worboys could be released after eight years in jail, however a High Court judge subsequently issued a temporary bar on the release order, and an appeal - lodged by the same women who have brought the Supreme Court case - has since been granted.

Hayes says the two cases are completely unconnected, and the Supreme Court verdict will have no bearing on the judicial review into the Parole Board's decision.

Instead, Hayes said, the Supreme Court case was based on the question: "Does the state have an obligation to investigate allegations properly of degrading and inhuman treatment?"

He added that the indefinite jail term handed to Worboys in 2009, with a minimum of eight years in jail, was "absolutely right" and defended the secrecy of the Parole Board's decision.

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