BLACK cab rapist John Worboys is to remain behind bars, the Parole Board has announced in a U-turn.
The serial attacker, 61, had his case reassessed after a legal challenge by two victims convinced the High Court to order in March that his release should be put on hold.
The board revealed yesterday that, after considering a 1,255-page dossier on Worboys and statements from seven victims, a panel had decided he should stay in prison for now. ‘Under current legislation Mr Worboys will be eligible for a further review within two years,’ a spokeswoman said.
‘The date of the next review will be set by the Ministry of Justice.’
Worboys was jailed indefinitely in 2009, with a minimum term of eight years, after being convicted of 19 offences including rape, sexual assault and administering a substance with intent. Police believe he may have attacked more than 100 women in the London area between 2002 and 2008.
The cabbie was no longer actively seeking his release after the High Court decision but the panel still had to reconsider his original application.
They cited risk factors including his preoccupation with sex, his sense of sexual entitlement and his belief that rape is acceptable.