Monday, 18 June, 2018

Victory for John Worboys' victims who sued Met Police

The decision to release Worboys is the subject of a separate judicial review The decision to release Worboys is the subject of a separate judicial review
Sammy Stanley | 22 February, 2018, 04:11

The court unanimously dismissed the appeal.

Port, 41, was handed a whole life sentence after a jury found he had surreptitiously given his victims fatal doses of date rape drug GHB before dumping their bodies near his flat in Barking, east London, over 15 months.

"But, the important point to make is that, if the investigation is seriously defective, even if no systemic failures are present, this will be enough to render the police liable".

Mr Petherbridge added: "This is a significant decision for the families of Anthony, Gabriel, Daniel and Jack". Therefore, I would expect today's judgment to have a positive bearing on our case.

Inquests for the victims are ongoing, as is an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct, which could recommend legal or disciplinary action against the 17 officers involved. Stop using public money to fight [the proceedings].

This ruling could open the way for other Worboys victims to bring claims for compensation against the police.

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Worboys, who became known as the "black cab rapist", offered female passengers champagne spiked with sedatives to celebrate a fake lottery win, before attacking them.

The deputy commissioner of the Met, Sir Craig Mackey, said: "We have always accepted that serious mistakes were made in this investigation and it was only the courage of the victims coming forward, including these two claimants, that enabled us to finally convict Worboys".

But Wednesday's finding by the most senior judges in the land means forces are now liable to pay compensation if a victim of violence can show there was not "a sufficient investigation into the crime" where the offence was deemed serious. "There is no doubt that it will have implications for how we resource and prioritise our investigations".

The Supreme Court has been told by lawyers for the Metropolitan Police that imposing a duty of care on officers in relation to their investigations would have an adverse impact on operational effectiveness.

"The. appeal to the Supreme Court was not based on factual differences between us and the victims, but on the appropriate interpretation of European human rights law".

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