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Convicted English ‘Black Cab Rapist’ Wins, Loses Bid For Freedom Amid Victim Outrage

‘Black Cab Rapist’ John Worboys
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Nov. 19 2018, Updated 5:53 p.m. ET

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The prolific English serial rapist John Worboys has lost his bid for freedom after a parole board decided to let him go and then reversed their shocking decision.

The Independent reported that police believe between 2002 and 2008 the so-called "Black Cab Rapist" may have committed more than 100 acts of sexual assault and rape.

In 2008, Worboys, 61, was convicted of 19 assaults against 12 women in London and faced at least eight years behind bars when he was jailed for an undefined period the following year, meaning he would do time until he was determined to no longer be a danger.

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According to reports, Worboys picked his victims up in his taxi cab in London's West End. He would then tell them he won the lottery and offer them champagne, which he had laced with drugs.

Shockingly, the parole board decided last January that Worboys could go free because he was no longer deemed a risk for reoffending.

The decision led Worboys' victims to lodge a legal battle and the courts ordered officials to carry out a "fresh determination" in Worboys prospects as a free man.

The parole board released their new findings on Nov. 18, vindicating his outraged victims.

"Having considered the index offences and all the evidence before it, the panel listed risk factors associated with Mr Worboys, including sexual preoccupation, a sense of sexual entitlement, his attitudes towards women (including a need to have sexual contact with women and to control women), a belief that rape is acceptable, alcohol misuse and problems with relationships," the summary revealed.

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Worboys "submitted that he had worked very hard to accept and understand his offending", the summary continued, adding, "After considering the circumstances of offending, the progress made while in custody, and the evidence presented within the dossier, the panel was not satisfied that Mr Worboys was suitable for release or progression to the open estate."

Worboys will next come up for parole again in two years.

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