Theresa May should order an urgent inquiry into the Worboys case

  • Theresa May should order an urgent inquiry into the Worboys case

Theresa May should order an urgent inquiry into the Worboys case

"Each case depends on the circumstances of each individual bringing a claim".

The Parole Board hailed the move to conduct a review of the decision making process.

It added that releasing Worboys would be "wholly irrational".

Yvette Cooper, the chair of the Commons Home Affairs Committee, has said she was "really shocked" by Worboys' release.

She said: "How can a prolific sex offender be rehabilitated in a short space of time when he has never admitted to his guilt or shown any remorse?"

"The approach I am taking does not mean that others who may have significant interest in the case are precluded from taking action".

Khan added: "Yesterday I informed the chairman of the Parole Board for England and Wales that I have instructed leading counsel on a possible judicial review of their decision to release John Worboys. Vital that victims and public get to see Parole Board reasons because this decision is still deeply troubling and hard to fathom". "I will do all I can to ensure this happens".

Gauke said he was unable to "expose detail of the legal advice" that led to his decision not to pursue a judicial review. "Having taken considered and expert legal advice I have decided that it would not be appropriate for me as Secretary of State to proceed with such a case".

Gauke acknowledged concerns that the Victim Contact Scheme, operated by the National Probation Service, "may not have worked as well as it should have in this particular case".

However, he told the House of Commons that Worboys will not be released until his licence conditions have been completed. The test for deciding if a decision is unreasonable is not simply that the decision maker - in this case, the Parole Board - could have made an alternative decision - but that no reasonable person would have come to the same conclusion on the facts of the case.

Worboys, known as the "black cab rapist", was locked up for spiking and sexually assaulting young women, most of whom he picked up in his black cab in trendy London hotspots.

The government's announcement it would leave the Parole Board's decision is already proving unpopular, with enraged members of the public taking to social media to air their disgust.

Under current rules, which could be changed, it is not able to disclose any of the evidence used or testimony from a hearing where Worboys was interviewed.

And he announced a wide-ranging review into how the Parole Board works following complaints that victims were kept out of the loop.

A spokesperson welcomed the probe into failures to inform victims and reviews into transparency and whether parole decisions can be reconsidered.

"We can confirm that in the absence of any unexpected and compelling response from the Parole Board to our pre action correspondence, we intend to launch judicial review proceedings against the Parole Board next week".