Black Cab Rapist's Victims Awarded Compensation
Wednesday 23rd July 2014
Two women who were seriously sexually assaulted by London cabbie John Worboys have been awarded compensation from the Metropolitan Police.
In November the High Court ruled the Met was liable to the women for failures in its investigation.
Between 2002 and 2008 Worboys carried out more than 100 rapes and sexual assaults using alcohol and drugs to subdue his victims. He was jailed for life in 2009.
The first of the two victims involved in today's proceedings, known as DSD, complained to police in 2003. The second victim, known as NBV, contacted officers after she was attacked in July 2007.
Mr Justice Green had, earlier in proceedings, identified a series of systematic failures that had prevented Worboys from being caught much sooner, as well as numurous omissions in the cases of DSD and NBV.
The pair brought their claims under Article 3 of the Human Rights Act, which relates to inhuman or degrading treatment.
DSD alleged that she suffered a depressive disorder as a result of her treatment by officers, while NBV claimed that she suffered serious distress, anxiety, guilt and an exacerbation of post-traumatic disorder and depression.
Speaking at London's High Court today, Mr Justice Green said that DSD and NBV should receive £22,250 and £19,000 respectively.
The Met had claimed that there was no justification for making a financial payout to the two women as they had both recieved compensation from civil High Court claims against Worboys and from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The judge rejected this.
The judge also gave the Met permission to appeal but said the force would not be able to regain the money if they should be successful so that the women could "move forward with their lives with greater financial security."
The Met has previously apologised for mistakes made in the investigation.
"The judge acknowledged that the failings in this case were very much historic; a recognition that in the interim we have made important and significant changes to the way we investigate rape, which remains one of the most challenging and complex policing issues," a statement at the ruling of liablity said.
"We are committed to providing the best possible service to victims,
ensuring that they are at the heart of every investigation."