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John Worboys after his guilty verdict at Croydon crown court in 2009 (Photo: Rex Features)

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Serial rapist John Worboys is fighting for early release over “human-rights” abuse

The convicted sex offender believes the parole board’s reversal of the decision to release him amounts to a violation of his rights

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By Kuba Shand-Baptiste on

John Worboys, the black-cab driver who was convicted of 19 sex offences against 12 women in 2009, is said to be in the midst of launching a campaign against his incarceration on the grounds of human-rights abuse. The 61-year-old serial offender has employed the expertise of a new lawyer, who he hopes will make a convincing case against the decision to reverse his release ahead of an upcoming parole-board panel.

Earlier this year, the parole board announced plans to release the sex offender after almost 10 years in prison, but a legal challenge brought by two of his victims in March saw the decision reversed, leading to the resignation of Nick Hardwick, the parole-board chair at the time. As things currently stand, the parole panel is set to reconvene over the case in order to reach a “fresh determination” on whether or not Worboys should be released.

Police estimate that Worboys targeted more than 100 women – and several of the women he attacked are still grappling with long-standing trauma as the result of his actions

Worboys’ legal team is expected to meet with Worboys at HMP Wakefield – where he is currently being held – this week. According to The Sun, a source claimed that Worboys “has been doing a lot of research in prison and is confident of securing his release. He is going to say that by initially agreeing he should be released then having the decision overturned was a breach of his human rights.”

That Worboys believes his situation to be in violation of his human rights is, to put it lightly, brazen, considering the volume and severity of his crimes. Police estimate that Worboys targeted more than 100 women – and several of the women he attacked are still grappling with long-standing trauma as the result of his actions. Highlighting the boldness of his sudden concern for human rights, another source who spoke to The Sun, and is said to be close to the victims, said: “His human rights? What about all the women he attacked. We still feel he is a danger and should be kept behind bars for a long time.”

Whether or not the board rules in favour of releasing Worboys yet again remains to be seen, but, given the turmoil that doing so in the first place created, as well as the significance of tireless campaigning from victims and women’s rights groups, one would hope that the same mistake won’t be made again.

@kubared

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John Worboys after his guilty verdict at Croydon crown court in 2009 (Photo: Rex Features)
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