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Guilty pleas could mean life sentence for John Worboys

Black-cab
rapist:
John
Worboys,
who
drugged
and then
attacked a
string of
women
PICTURE: MET POLICE

BLACK-CAB rapist John Worboys is facing life behind bars after yesterday admitting four more sex attacks on women.

The 62-year-old, who now goes by the name John Derek Radford, targeted women who hailed his cab and drugged them in order to sexually assault them.

Police believe Worboys may have carried out more than 100 rapes and sex assaults on women in London in 2002 and 2008. He was jailed indefinitely for a minimum of eight years for sex attacks on 12 women.

His latest conviction arises from four women who came forward last year.

At an earlier hearing, Jonathan Polnay, prosecuting, described how Worboys had picked up one woman in his cab and told her he was celebrating with champagne after winning on the horses and offered her some in a plastic cup.

‘That is her last memory that evening. She woke up the next day, naked, with her clothes left in a trail on the way to her bed,’ he said. Lawyer Richard Scorer, acting for some of the victims, said Worboys’ plea at the Old Bailey may bring some relief to those spared a trial but it was ‘appalling’ they had ‘to fight tooth and nail’ to bring him to justice.

But he added: ‘In light of today’s plea, I would again urge every allegation against him should now be reviewed again. It is the very least his victims deserve.’

Worboys, orginally from Enfield, north London, had appeared via videolink from prison. Adjourning the case until September 2, Mrs Justice McGowan ordered he be brought to court for the next hearing.