Head of Parole board resigns as Worboys release decision overturned

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Worboys release decision overturned as Parole head quits - BBC News

A decision by the Parole Board to release the rapist John Worboys has been quashed, as the Board's chairman Nick Hardwick resigns.


The legal challenge by two victims was upheld by the High Court which said "further inquiry" was needed into Worboys' offending.


Worboys, 60, has served 10 years, including remand time, of an indeterminate prison sentence.


It comes as Mr Hardwick was forced to resign, the BBC understands.


In his letter of resignation, Mr Hardwick said Justice Secretary David Gauke had told him his position was "untenable", adding he was "sorry for the mistakes that were made in this case".


Responding to the High Court's decision, the Parole Board praised the "bravery and determination" of the two women who brought the challenge.


The case will now be referred back to the Parole Board.
Worboys is a monster and my own feeling is that he is too young, at 60, to be released. And allowing him to change his name to John Radford?

That said, these sorts of cases must be very tough decisions for the parole board - however in this case the claim that he was conning the parole board does look credible - after denying everything he suddenly accepted responsibility for 12 attacks in 2015

But at a court hearing this month, lawyers for Worboys' victims and Sadiq Khan argued that the former cab driver had been dishonest with the Parole Board and had crafted an account to convince the panel he was a changed man.


They said "wider allegations" against Worboys should have been taken into account.


During his original trial, jurors heard Worboys picked up his victims in London's West End and gave them champagne laced with sedatives, claiming he had won the lottery or had won money at casinos.
Can a sexual predator like this ever be trusted again, even with "stringent license conditions"?
 


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Someone taking a moral and ethical stance and resigning....Jesus, what's the world coming to?
 

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Worboys shouldn’t be released probably for at least another 10 years .

To go a risky angle here ....... Why were so many women naive enough to fall for Worboys deception ?

If I recall his modus operandus was to have champagne and cash and to claim that he had a big gambling win and wanted to celebrate with the women he picked up ( in his cab while working ). Are women so naive as not to smell a rat here ? Am I missing something ?

I know I may be accused of victim blaming but are this many women that naive ?
 

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*** Note to Shane Ross. ***

This proves that taking politicians out of their defined (and limited) role in the judicial system is no guarantee that f**kups like this won't still happen. Politicians are at least accountable to the public. This guy could have brazened it out, and perhaps been accountable to no-one.
 

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Worboys shouldn’t be released probably for at least another 10 years .

To go a risky angle here ....... Why were so many women naive enough to fall for Worboys deception ?

If I recall his modus operandus was to have champagne and cash and to claim that he had a big gambling win and wanted to celebrate with the women he picked up ( in his cab while working ). Are women so naive as not to smell a rat here ? Am I missing something ?

I know I may be accused of victim blaming but are this many women that naive ?
He must have been a very convincing con man, which is another reason to keep him locked away - and did he target vulnerable women who were taking a cab because they had had a drink or two or were obviously merry? According to the BBC his "hunting ground" was London's West End. I know a lot of woman who would have taken a black Cab rather than a Mini-cab because Mini-cab drivers were not really to be trusted.
 

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He must have been a very convincing con man, which is another reason to keep him locked away - and did he target vulnerable women who were taking a cab because they had had a drink or two or were obviously merry? According to the BBC his "hunting ground" was London's West End. I know a lot of woman who would have taken a black Cab rather than a Mini-cab because Mini-cab drivers were not really to be trusted.
A sly Bollox alright . Women / Men are vulnerable while intoxicated . I wonder did other Cab drivers have any knowledge of Worboys dodgy practices .?
 

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Worboys shouldn’t be released probably for at least another 10 years .

To go a risky angle here ....... Why were so many women naive enough to fall for Worboys deception ?

If I recall his modus operandus was to have champagne and cash and to claim that he had a big gambling win and wanted to celebrate with the women he picked up ( in his cab while working ). Are women so naive as not to smell a rat here ? Am I missing something ?

I know I may be accused of victim blaming but are this many women that naive ?
People get caught. It happens. Yeah perhaps they weren't as suspicious as they should have been.

But we will all at one point make a similar mistake. Unfortunately for them they got caught.

There but the grace of God go we all.

He should never be released.
This raises an important question. Do we need to regard certain crimes as of such a magnitude that you must remain forever jailed and should you later repent then it must be repentance within the Jail.
 

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I wonder if it's a case of jumping willingly or waiting to be pushed? Someone's head had to roll for this fook up.
 

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Worboys shouldn’t be released probably for at least another 10 years .

To go a risky angle here ....... Why were so many women naive enough to fall for Worboys deception ?

If I recall his modus operandus was to have champagne and cash and to claim that he had a big gambling win and wanted to celebrate with the women he picked up ( in his cab while working ). Are women so naive as not to smell a rat here ? Am I missing something ?

I know I may be accused of victim blaming but are this many women that naive ?
Iirc he also had water and soft drinks laced with drugs and probably adapted his approach to each victim, and who knows how many women refused any drinks etc...

Anyhow imho he should never be released.
 

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Iirc he also had water and soft drinks laced with drugs and probably adapted his approach to each victim, and who knows how many women refused any drinks etc...

Anyhow imho he should never be released.
He should have been executed. The most secure place and the cheapest place to keep a criminal is a grave.
 

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Yes, as always, a politician finds someone to throw under a bus.
I made the schoolboy error of assuming that desolated dimocrat was thinking in the first instance.
 

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Yes he should never be released

He is a sociopath. They are incapable of change.
 

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The problem seems to have been that the Parole board looked at his application through his claims and how he was representing himself, rather than the broader picture of why he had ended up in Jail.
Yes, I checked up the guidelines at the time to see how they would have ticked their boxes - and thought total lack of joined up thinking.

Warboys would easily meet the criteria, because he is a cunning sociopath, who knows how to work the system. A system designed for minor offenders, lacking in smarts, discipline, or formal education, from chaotic backgrounds, for whom it would be a big achievement to reach one of the goals.
 

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Thank God.

Finally a sensible decision from the U.K. authorities.

Probably a fluke but welcome all the same.
 


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