Апреля 24 2018

John Worboys judgment raises 'serious concerns' about judicial system, says Theresa May

Апреля 24 2018, 06:41 | Irvin Gilbert

Justice Secretary David Gauke has come under fire after judges overturned a Parole Board ruling on John Worboys

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The Parole Board argued that its decision was "lawful and and rational" and was based on appropriate evidence.

However, he admitted that mistakes were made in this case and said that he would not "pass the buck" to those who work under him, informing Mr Gauke of his resignation with immediate effect.

The paper hailed a "victory" for press freedom after learning today that it had won its legal challenge, prompted by the Parole Board's decision to release black cab rapist John Worboys. For example, when it was recommended that I downgrade the security category of a prisoner and increase his privileges - and that if I did not do so, we would lose the case in the high court and incur costs along with the consequent negative publicity - I point-blank refused. This morning the High Court quashed the board's decision to release Worboys (now known as John Radford) and said a rule prohibiting information about proceedings being made public is unlawful.

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: "The Secretary of State has asked the department to verify that there are in fact six cases of Category A prisoners that were released - and to check if there were any concerns in those cases and in any other release decisions from Category A".

Much of the BBC interview centred on the judge's recommendation that the Parole Board should have examined more closely Worboys' other alleged offences.

Greater transparency may be expected from the Parole Board after its decision to free a rapist was blocked, Laura Bundock writes.

He had been found guilty of 19 offences which included rape, sexual assault and drugging, committed against 12 victims.

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"(At). that time it was correct.

"I deeply regret that that did not happen and I share the anger the victims therefore had to go through this process and I'm sorry that that happened".

The Guardian is reporting that three judges at the High Court in London have ordered the Parole Board to carry out a "fresh determination", and that Worboys will remain in jail pending the outcome.

In January, Khan released a statement slamming the Parole Board for their decision.

She urged any other victims to come forward. Phillippa Kaufmann QC said it was the Ministry of Justice which was responsible for putting the dossier of evidence before the Parole Board.

But Mr Hardwick said the ruling raised questions about how the board's independence can be safeguarded.

"On his watch the Parole Board cleared the long-standing backlog: dealing with 25,000 cases and holding over 7,000 oral hearings in 2017 whilst at the same time keeping the rate of serious further offending at less than 1%". Britain's justice system is the best in the world but far from ideal, and rather than adopting an elitist and paternalistic attitude, we need to demonstrate humility and understand that public confidence in our system of justice is key to its effectiveness and sustainability. He championed increased engagement with victims.

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