Black cab rapist John Worboys jailed for life after attacking four more victims

17 December 2019, 15:58 | Updated: 17 December 2019, 17:01

John Worboys has been jailed again after admitting spiking the drinks of four more women
John Worboys has been jailed again after admitting spiking the drinks of four more women. Picture: PA

By Kate Buck

Black cab rapist John Worboys has been told he may never be released after being given another jail sentence for a string of sex attacks against women.

The 62-year-old predator, who is already in jail for attacking 12 women, admitted spiking the drinks of the four others who came forward last year.

He has been told to serve a minimum of six years of the term.

The court heard Worboys had since admitted to a psychologist that he plied a total of 90 women with alcohol, and drugged a quarter of them, after being inspired by pornography.

Worboys told psychiatrists he had been "fantasising" about his crimes since 1986, and was motivated by "hostility towards women".

He was locked up indefinitely in 2009 for the public protection with a minimum of eight years after being found guilty of 19 sex offences against 12 women between 2006 and 2008.

But probation report in August this year stated that "he is potentially just as dangerous now as the point of the first sentence".

Worboys was already serving a sentence for assaulting 12 women
Worboys was already serving a sentence for assaulting 12 women. Picture: PA

Last year, the Parole Board overturned a decision to release him and ruled that he should remain in prison, citing his "sense of sexual entitlement".

As a result of the publicity, fresh victims came forward to report attacks dating back to 2000, meaning Worboys had been committing crimes six years longer than previously thought.

Worboys, from Enfield, north London, admitted two charges of administering a drug with intent to commit rape or indecent assault and two further charges of administering a substance with intent to commit a sexual offence.

At his sentencing, Prosecutor Duncan Penny QC told how the first victim was targeted in 2000 or early 2001 after a night out at a wine bar in Dover Street in Soho.

After he picked her up in his cab, Worboys said he was celebrating a win on the horses and had previously worked as a Chippendales stripper, before pulling over and plying her with wine.

He plied many of this victims with alcohol in his cab
He plied many of this victims with alcohol in his cab. Picture: PA

His victim has no other memories of the night, and woke in her own bed completely naked.

The second woman was a university student who he told he had just won the lottery and she and her friend were his last fare of the night.

She agreed to have a drink with him, but doesn't remember going home, only coming to in the morning outside her home, on the floor of the cab.

The victim recognised him years later after seeing a picture of him on television.

He picked up his third victim on King's Road in 2007, and told her he had won £40,000 at a Casino and offered her champagne, which she declined.

His fourth victim was told he had won the lottery and offered she and her friend bottles of champagne.

Items found in the back of Worboy's cab
Items found in the back of Worboy's cab. Picture: PA

Mr Penny said: "She woke up in bed the following morning. The bedclothes had not moved and her hands were crossed over her chest, which was unusual.

"She was sufficiently unnerved to check herself. There were no visible signs she had been touched."

Afterwards, Richard Scorer, who represented 11 of Worboys' victims, said: "Today's sentencing will be welcome to Worboys' many victims - but only if life really means life.

"Worboys is an exceptionally manipulative and dangerous individual. He will always pose a risk to women and he can never be allowed back into society.

"Given the many past failings in this case, his victims remain very concerned that he could game the Parole Board once again. He needs to be locked up permanently - only then can his victims finally feel safe."

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