John Worboys

Parole Board chief ousted over John Worboys scandal backs pleas to name officials who free controversial prisoners

THE former Parole Board chief ousted over the Worboys scandal has backed pleas to name officials responsible for making the decision to release …

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Psychologists in John Worboys case under fire over ‘low risk’ claim

Public protection experts attack view that sex attacker’s denials and absence of remorse make him less likely to re-offend<p>Public protection experts have criticised two psychologists who backed the release of the serial sex attacker John Worboys and subsequently stated that his failure to …

Crime

4,000 paedophiles recalled to prison after being released by parole board

Nearly 4,000 sex offenders released by the Parole Board have been recalled to jail after breaching the term of their licence over the past five years.<p>The number of sex offenders recalled to prison rose by a third from 697 to 934 between 2012 and 2016 amid mounting concern that sex offender …

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Experts who deemed John Worboys fit for release blast backlash

The two psychologists have hit back after they were slammed by the High Court at a hearing last month for failing to probe if the the serial sex …

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Victim of John Worboys demands rapist is blocked from spending £85,000 on plastic surgery

A victim of black cab rapist John Worboys said he should have his money taken from him after he boasted he has £85,000 and wants to use it to get …

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Black Cab Rapist John Worboys sleeps with posters of Spice Girls, Charles Manson and Frankenstein above bed in prison cell

John Worboys sleeps in an 8ft by 6ft cell with pictures of Frankenstein, killer cult leader Charles Manson and the Spice Girls above his bed.<p>More …

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Tory minister declares John Worboys fiasco is 'my responsibility' - days after forcing Parole Board chief to resign over it

The Tory Justice Secretary has declared the fiasco around John Worboys' near-release "my responsibility entirely" - days after he forced someone else …

UK Politics

Concerns over 'threatening and abusive' responses to Worboys decision

Justice secretary David Gauke has been advised not to reveal the identities of individual Parole Board panels following concerns about some of the …

Law (UK)

James Bulger’s mother wants a review into decision to free Jon Venables

James Bulger’s mother has called for an investigation into the decision to free Jon Venables following the John Worboys parole row.<p>Denise Fergus, 49, …

Crime

John Worboys case shone light on IPP injustice

“The role of the Parole Board has grown in the past 20 years, matching the public’s appetite for more punitive sentencing,” writes Alan Travis (Analysis, 29 March). For many years, my late husband, Brian Barder, was a leading campaigner against indeterminate sentences for public protection (IPPs), …

Law (UK)

Victims of sexual violence are right to fear another John Worboys

Lessons must be learned – or failures by the police and criminal justice agencies will happen again<p>When the Parole Board decision to release John Worboys was reported in the media in early January, I was asked to comment. This was because I was representing two of his victims, DSD and NBV, in a …

Opinion (UK)

Politicians must have our backs in times of need

It must take extraordinary strength to put oneself through the ordeal of a trial a second time, reliving the memories of a horrific episode in life, facing one’s tormentor again. That’s what two women did in the case of serial rapist John Worboys, helping to successfully challenge the Parole …

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Is the UK's justice system failing rape victims?

As the Hollywood-precipitated #metoo movement reverberates across society, the prevalence of sexual abuse toward women in the UK has never been more …

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Newspaper headlines: Spy daughter's recovery and GKN deal

<b>The takeover of the British engineering firm GKN is covered by a number of papers.</b><p>The Guardian reports Melrose Industries has been described as an "asset-stripper", which managed to acquire GKN after a lengthy and acrimonious corporate tussle. It adds there are now calls for the government to halt …

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John Worboys could be charged with further offences if he makes another bid for parole

John Worboys could be charged with further offences if he makes another bid for parole, justice experts have said.<p>The black cab rapist's release from an indeterminate prison sentence was blocked this week after the High Court ruled the Parole Board had wrongly assessed his case.<p>The panel made its …

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John Worboys case will lead to huge changes to parole – sacked boss

Nick Hardwick tells the Guardian he accepts that responsibility for the Parole Board lay with him<p>Nick Hardwick, the former chair of the Parole Board sacked this week after the high court’s decision to block the release of the serial sex attacker John Worboys, has predicted the case will lead to …

Law (UK)

More than 60 violent criminals were cleared for release straight into the community like John Worboys

The row over the John Worboys’ parole fiasco has intensified after officials admitted 63 violent criminals - including murderers and rapists - were similarly cleared for release last year from high-security jails straight on to Britain's streets.<p>Ministers were last night seeking assurances that the …

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Sixty-three violent criminals in Category A prison 'approved for direct release into the community last year'

Sixty three violent criminals were approved for release straight from top-security prisons into the community last year, it has been reported.<p>The …

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Remarkable victory of John Worboys' victim as she tells of struggle to keep rapist behind bars

As a judge spoke the words she had fought for three months to hear, John Worboys’ victim punched the air triumphantly, and allowed herself to let out a quiet cry of “yes”.<p>Her victory in the High Court on Wednesday, when Sir Brian Leveson handed down a ruling that the Parole Board’s decision to …

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The papers: Thumbs up from hit-and-run girl after broken neck op

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News Daily: Brexit, a year to go, and spy poisoning latest

<b>Hello. Here's your morning briefing:</b><p>Brexit, one year to go<p>A year from today, the talking will be over and the UK will finally leave the EU. To mark this milestone, Theresa May is setting off on a whistlestop tour of all four nations of the UK. With visits to a factory in Ayrshire, a baby group in …

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The Worboys case has exposed the terrible flaws in the criminal justice system. Reform is now overdue

One day, when I worked in the Home Office, Theresa May held a meeting to discuss holding an inquiry into the murder of Daniel Morgan, and allegations that corrupt police officers ensured the perpetrator was never convicted. One official thought corruption might be so rife that the inquiry would …

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Here's What Happened Today: Wednesday

NEED TO CATCH up? <i>TheJournal.ie</i> brings you a round up of today’s news.<p>Paddy Jackson and was acquitted of rape today at Belfast Crown Court. Source: PA …

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Newspaper headlines: Cabbie victims' victory and Brexit countdown

The Guardian is among many papers to feature the quashing of a decision to release the black cab rapist John Worboys. The paper calls the ruling "unprecedented" as it notes many of his victims expressed their relief at the High Court's decision.<p>The Telegraph says some of Worboys' victims are …

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The lies, fake tears and blunders that led to 'black cab rapist' John Worboys' parole fiasco

John Worboys began to cry, fake tears accompanied by a fake admission of regret. The members of the Parole Board panel and three senior qualified forensic psychologists would fall for it.<p>Worboys, perhaps Britain’s most prolific sex offender, had conned the lot of them into authorising his release …

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Worboys: MoJ should 'accept responsibility'

The former chairman of the Parole Board, Nick Hardwick, has said the Ministry of Justice should share the blame for mistakes made in the Worboys case.<p>The Parole Board initially decided to release serial rapist John Worboys but the decision was quashed by the High Court.<p>The High Court said the …

UK Politics

David Gauke's position as Justice Secretary is no longer tenable after his Worboys failings

The case of serial sex offender John Worboys encapsulates much that is wrong with the criminal justice system today. Too much decision-making is technocratic and procedural and too little is based on common sense.<p>The failure of David Gauke, the Justice Secretary, to pursue a judicial review of the …

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John Worboys release blocked: Justice Secretary David Gauke faces demands to quit as Tory MP says he was 'weak and pathetic'

The Justice Secretary is facing demands to resign after victims of black cab rapist John Worboys accused of him of a “disgusting” attempt to avoid blame over the scandal.<p>David Gauke refused to apologise directly to the women for failings by his department identified by three High Court judges who …

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Left to its own devices, the government would have let Worboys walk free – and at PMQs Corbyn didn't even mention it

At half past ten on Wednesday morning, the High Court decided one of the most notorious serial sex attackers in recent British history should not, in …

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The John Worboys verdict is a triumph for justice

The John Worboys verdict is a triumph for justice, and a huge credit to the victims who so bravely brought their case to court. This rapist is staying in prison and a fresh parole board will now review his case. With the court recommending that someone with judicial experience should be on the …

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