Worboys Victims Win Judicial Review | Decision to Release Overturned

The release of John Worboys has been quashed after victims won a judicial review. After a court ruling this morning Worboys will remain in prison unless and until a new Parole Board panel grants his release. More follows…

mdi-timer 28th March 2018 @ 10:42 am 28th Mar 2018 @ 10:42 am mdi-comment Comments
Worboys Judicial Review Gets Go-Ahead

The High Court today ruled victims can challenge the decision to release John Worboys. Lord Leveson granted leave for a full judicial review against the Parole Board. A hearing will take place on 13 March. Worboys will stay locked up. 

Victims, The Sun newspaper and Sadiq Khan backed the campaign for a judicial review. A spokesman for The Sun said:

“We’re pleased that alongside Mr Worboys’ victims and the Mayor of London, we can pursue our challenge to a full judicial review. There is a clear case to be made for greater transparency and we look forward to making it again next month. The public interest is not served by the current wall of secrecy surrounding the reasons for Mr Worboys’ release.”

Good decision from Brian…

mdi-timer 7th February 2018 @ 2:25 pm 7th Feb 2018 @ 2:25 pm mdi-comment Comments
Sun & Mail Launch Worboys Judicial Review Proceedings

Tonight The Sun and The Daily Mail have begun judicial review proceedings to force the Parole Board to reveal its reasons for allowing black cab rapist John Worboys to be freed. They have seven days to publish the Worboys reasoning or else the two newspapers will launch a legal challenge. Elsewhere, tomorrow’s papers report that a fresh sex assault allegation may keep Worboys behind bars. Wheels in motion to keep Worboys inside, at last…

mdi-timer 23rd January 2018 @ 11:24 pm 23rd Jan 2018 @ 11:24 pm mdi-comment Comments
Met Receive Fresh Worboys Complaint

The Metropolitan Police Service is investigating an allegation of non-recent sexual assault which was reported to police in January 2018. The incident is reported to have taken place in 1997.
 
Enquiries by officers from the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command are ongoing. There are no arrests.

Breaking…

mdi-timer 23rd January 2018 @ 4:33 pm 23rd Jan 2018 @ 4:33 pm mdi-comment Comments
Gauke Refuses to Join Calls to Ban Worboys From London

David Gauke was under more pressure in the Commons today as MPs queued up to ask why he isn’t doing more to make sure John Worboys is banned from Greater London, where his hundreds of victims live. The Justice Secretary refused to back calls for a Greater London exclusion zone, despite the MoJ engaging with the licence conditions process on a daily basis. Why would Gauke not do the obviously right thing and endorse victims’ calls for an exclusion zone? Yet again a desperately weak response from the government…

UPDATE: Guido understands Gauke wrote to the Probation Service two weeks ago to ask them to consider if it is appropriate to exclude Worboys from Greater London. Not the same as demanding he is banned from the capital…

mdi-timer 23rd January 2018 @ 12:28 pm 23rd Jan 2018 @ 12:28 pm mdi-comment Comments
Gauke Bottles Worboys Legal Challenge as Sadiq Launches Judicial Review Proceedings

On Sunday the government said it would do everything possible to keep John Worboys behind bars, well it’s taken them five days to break that promise – David Gauke has bottled his judicial review. This really is weak from the new Justice Secretary, especially since JR experts including Lord Pannick said he would have had a good chance of success. Guido understands that Sadiq Khan is instead going to launch judicial review proceedings of his own. Khan has instructed lawyers to send a pre-action protocol letter for judicial review to Nick Hardwick, the chair of the Parole Board. The Mayor of London stepping up, unlike the Justice Secretary…

The MoJ have handled this situation farcically from the beginning. It’s obvious Gauke knows the decision to release Worboys is wrong otherwise he would never have considered JRing it. And he let victims believe he would stop him from coming out. There is a lot more the Justice Secretary could do to keep his promise to victims and yet, in the pocket of his civil servants, he has so far done nothing. And now Sadiq has taken the initiative…

mdi-timer 19th January 2018 @ 11:02 am 19th Jan 2018 @ 11:02 am mdi-comment Comments
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