'There's no reason to believe John Worboys is safe to be on our streets', says Julia Hartley-Brewer

'If 100 women spoke out against John Warboys, surely he'd have been prosecuted again', says barrister

John Warboys is to be released from prison

Friday, January 5, 2018

Julia Hartley-Brewer has claimed there's no reason to believe John Worboys is safe to be on our streets after serving his prison sentence. 

The rapist is to be released from prison after serving a minimum sentence of eight years. He was jailed in 2009 indefinitely after being convicted of 19 charges of drugging and sexually assaulting at least 12 women. Police later claimed he was linked to more than 100 further rapes and sexual assaults.

Julia Hartley-Brewer said: "He’s considered so dangerous he has to be in a high security jail, and then in a couple of weeks he’s considered safe to be on the streets.

"There’s no reason to believe, other than the fact he hasn’t committed any rapes in the last 10 years because he’s been behind bars, that this man is safe to be on our streets."

She made the comment whilst talking to criminal barrister Jeremy Dein QC, who said: “The suggestion that was made by the police at the time was 100 suspected cases that was just an assertion by the police.

“In my experience...if 100 women came forward I cannot believe that he would not have been prosecuted for multiple offences there is simply no reason why he would not have been prosecuted.

“I suspect that the reason why Keir Starmer, [director of public prosecutions at the time], didn’t sanction further prosecution was because there wasn’t sufficient evidence for other charges to be pursued.”

But he believes if he can be prosecuted again “that can happen all i would say is i’m utterly convinced that if the prosecution authorities themselves thought there was sufficient evidence to prosecute him on one, two, 10, 20, 30 more offences back then they would have done it.”

Dein claimed that we can’t change the decision made by the judge when he was sentenced, but admitted “I have to be honest with you and say you may well be right it's difficult to see how anybody who is prone to offending in this way could ever be rehabilitated.”

Listen to the full interview above