John Worboys pleads guilty to sexual offences against four more women

20 Jun 2019

First jailed in 2009 for a number of sexual offences against 12 women who he targeted via his black cab in London, John Worboys has today (20th June 2019) pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to administering a drug with the intention of carrying out indecent assaults, rape or sexual assault against four further women. He is due to be sentenced on 2nd September 2019.

In January 2018, despite the police believing Worboys is likely to have raped and sexually assaulted over 100 women, it was announced he was to be released from prison, having served less than 10 years of his indeterminate sentence.

In March 2018, that Parole Board decision was overturned, following an historic Supreme Court ruling in favour of two of Worboys' victims.

Rape Crisis England & Wales, the End Violence Against Women Coalition (EVAW), nia, and Southall Black Sisters (SBS) had intervened in the Supreme Court case, where the Metropolitan Police and Home Secretary tried to argue police cannot be held to account when they fail to investigate serious crimes adequately, and were delighted with the clear and final ruling that they must do in order to protect human rights.

In response to today's news, Katie Russell, national spokesperson for Rape Crisis England & Wales, said: 

"Once more we pay tribute to the survivors involved in this case and to the two women who last year took their case to the highest court in the land and won.

It is through their phenomenal effort and tenacity that justice has been served today and that a dangerous, prolific sexual offender against women remains in prison.

When people report sexual offences, it is critical they are taken seriously, treated with respect, empathy and impartiality, and their complaints are acted on promptly and effectively. It is also essential that victims and survivors have access to reparation when the state fails in this duty.

Unprecedented numbers of sexual violence victims and survivors are coming forward year on year to seek both criminal and social justice, for example in the form of access to specialist support. Last year, our Rape Crisis member Centres provided specialist services to over 78,000 individuals. 
 
But the vast majority still choose not to report to the police. And for those that do, the process can too often feel re-traumatising and routinely takes too long, while criminal justice outcomes are shamefully low and falling.
 
Meanwhile, specialist Rape Crisis support services, including Independent Sexual Violence Advocates (ISVAs) whose job it is to support survivors through the criminal justice process, remain chronically under-resourced.
 
The criminal justice system is currently failing on sexual violence and abuse, in multiple ways and at every stage of the process, which is why the Government's current end-to-end review is so desperately and urgently needed.

We must never again have to rely on the extraordinary efforts of individual survivors to ensure justice is served."