John Worboys sex attack victims awarded compensation

John Worboys John Worboys was jailed in 2009

Related Stories

Two women who were the victims of serious sexual assaults committed by London taxi driver John Worboys have finally been awarded compensation.

The Metropolitan (Met) Police will pay out a total of £41,250 to the two women after serious failings were found in its investigation.

Mr Worboys committed more than 100 rapes and sexual assaults from 2002 to 2008 and was jailed for life in 2009.

The women claimed their treatment by police had caused mental suffering.

Met 'was liable'

One of the women, identified only as DSD, was the first of Mr Worboys' victims to make a complaint to the Met in 2003 and will receive compensation of £22,250.

The second woman, identified as NBV, contacted police after she was attacked in July 2007 and will receive £19,000.

Both women brought their claims against the Met under Article 3 of the Human Rights Act, which relates to inhuman or degrading treatment.

In November, Mr Justice Green at London's High Court ruled that the Met was liable for its failures in relation to the women's complaints.

DSD claimed she suffered a depressive disorder as a result of her treatment by police during the 2003 investigation and NBV said she suffered serious distress, anxiety, guilt and exacerbation of port-traumatic disorder and depression because of her treatment in 2007.

The judge gave the Met permission to appeal but said it had been agreed that the damages would not be recouped if the appeal succeeded.

"For the police force, wider issues are at stake but, at the same time, this enables DSD and NBV to move forward with their lives with greater financial security," the judge said.

The judge had previously identified a series of systemic failings at the root of the Met's failure to apprehend Worboys as well as several individual omissions in the investigation of the women's cases.

Principles 'tested'

Earlier he rejected arguments made for the Met that there was no justification for making a financial award because DSD and NBV had both received payments from their civil High Court claims against Worboys and from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

The two women received £10,000 net each from the Worboys action, while the CICA paid £13,500 to DSD and £2,000 to NBV.

The judge said that in assessing the amount of damages, he was focusing exclusively upon harm specifically attributable to the Met's failings and not to that attributable to Worboys.

The Met said its defence against compensation claims from the two women "should not be taken as a reflection of any doubt upon the veracity of the claimants' accounts as to their treatment by Worboys", but was instead based on "appropriate interpretation" of European human rights law.

"The case has raised important arguments regarding the boundaries of police responsibility and liability and we believed that it was important for these principles to be tested before the courts," the Met added.

The force said it had previously apologised for mistakes it made in the investigation.

The two women won their battle to receive compensation in February.

At the time, their solicitor, Harriet Wistrich, said the judgement was of "great significance" because it was the first in the High Court to find that such failings by the police "can give rise" to successful legal action.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC London

Weather

London

13 °C 9 °C

BBC Local Live

  1.  
    11:00: News on the hour

    The lead story at 11:00 on BBC London 94.9: A manhunt's underway across two counties after a man and a woman were stabbed to death near Leatherhead.

     
  2.  
    @MPSHackney 10:47: Police seize £2.5m

    Met Police officers in Hackney tweet: In the last 18 months police in #London have seized £2.5m destined for terrorist & criminal groups. Average seizures are £30-£50k #CTAW2014

     
  3.  
    10:34: Arteta may be 'out for while'

    Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta could be "out for a while" as Arsene Wenger's injury concerns deepened following the 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund.

    Mikel Arteta

    The 32-year-old Spanish midfielder suffered a calf problem in the second half of the win which clinched their place in the knockout stages.

     
  4.  
    10:16: London trio on Brit shortlist

    London trio Years and Years are one of three acts which have been tipped for success in 2015 after being shortlisted for the Brits Critics' Choice Award.

    Years and Years

    George The Poet and James Bay will also battle for the honour which will be announced on 4 December. Previous winners include Emeli Sande, Jessie J and Adele.

     
  5.  
    10:00: News on the hour BBC London 94.9 Radio

    The lead story at 10:00 on BBC London 94.9: Police are warning the public not to approach a man from Walton-on-Thames they're urgently trying to find in connection with a double murder in Leatherhead.

     
  6.  
    09:55: History of photography goes on display

    Key images from the history of photography are to be displayed at the Science Museum, where one of the UK's first photography exhibitions was held.

    Lieutenant Colonel Mervyn O'Gorman

    Drawn by Light will showcase the archives of The Royal Photographic Society, which holds one of the world's most important photography collections.

     
  7.  
    09:45: What do you think? PM Beth Rose BBC News Online
  8.  
    09:30: Tube strike talks to begin

    Talks will take place later in an attempt to avoid a 24 hour strike on the the Northern Line scheduled for next Monday in a row over a driver being sacked.

    The talks at the conciliation service ACAS will involve both Transport for London and the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union.

     
  9.  
    09:21: Rail contact awarded

    A consortium made up of Stagecoach and Virgin has won the franchise to run the East Coast mainline rail route between London and Edinburgh.

    East Coast train

    The firms have promised to invest £140m in the route over eight years, and will pay the government £3.3bn for the contract.

     
  10.  
    09:12: Attempted murder charge

    A man has been charged with the attempted murder of a woman in a street in Ilford.

    The Met said the 43-year-old will appear at North East Barkinside Magistrates Court later charged with threatening a person with a bladed article and possession of a bladed article after an attack on Ilford Lane.

     
  11.  
    09:01: News on the hour

    The lead story at 09:00 on BBC London 94.9: Surrey Police have begun a huge manhunt for a man from Walton-on-Thames following a double murder overnight in Leatherhead.

     
  12.  
    08:56: On air Vanessa Feltz Presenter, BBC London 94.9

    On with Vanessa Feltz this morning, Steve Pound, Labour MP for Ealing North, will be in the hot seat and taking your questions.

    You can listen live on BBC London 94.9 and call in with your questions on 020 7224 2000.

     
  13.  
    08:47: Manhunt for double murder suspect

    A manhunt is under way after a man and woman in their 50s were found stabbed to death in a house in Fetcham, near Leatherhead.

    Viktoras Bruzas

    Surrey Police are trying to trace Viktoras Bruzas who they said was now likely to be in Sussex although he also had links to south-east London. Another man in his 30s has been arrested in Walton-on-Thames on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.

     
  14.  
    08:38: Student loans 'bankroll terrorism' The Daily Telegraph

    One of London's top anti-terror officers is warning that some extremists are using welfare payments and student loans to bankroll terrorism in Syria and across the world.

    The Telegraph reports that the Met's Assistant Commander Terri Nicholson believes women who are not known to the police are also being used to smuggle money out of the country.

     
  15.  
    08:27: Road delays Paul Murphy-Kasp Journalist, BBC London

    On the roads the M25 is queuing anticlockwise from Junction 2 to the Dartford Tunnel following a collision after the tunnel exit earlier on.

    There are still some periodic closures of the tunnel.

     
  16.  
    08:22: Police shooting protest 'peaceful'

    Scotland Yard has said a demonstration at the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square, which turned into an impromptu march to Westminster, passed off peacefully last night.

    Michael Brown

    About 1,000 people gathered to condemn the decision not to prosecute the police officer who shot dead the unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this year.

     
  17.  
    08:15: Railway delays Paul Murphy-Kasp Journalist, BBC London

    A fire on an engineering train at Epsom has closed all lines affecting South West Trains and Southern services which are diverting.

    First Great Western are delayed in and out of Paddington following a signal failure at Reading and Southeastern Services between London Bridge and Charlton via Greenwich are not running following a signal failure.

     
  18.  
    08:05: Cloudy and misty start

    It will be a cloudy and misty start to Thursday with occasional rain or drizzle and hill fog, but becoming mainly dry later.

    BBC weather

    Some bright spells may develop and south easterly breezes will persist.

     
  19.  
    08:00: Good morning Beth Rose BBC News

    I'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across the capital today for BBC Local Live.

    You can also send your news, pictures and comments to london.locallive@bbc.co.uk or Tweet @BBCLondonNews.

     

Features

  • photo of patient zero, two year-old Emile OuamounoPatient zero

    Tracking first Ebola victim and and how virus spread


  • A young Chinese girl looks at an image of BarbieBarbie's battle

    Can the doll make it in China at the second attempt?


  • Prosperi in the 1994 MdSLost in the desert

    How I drank bat blood and urine to survive in the Sahara


  • Afghan interpetersBlacklisted

    The Afghan interpreters left by the US to the mercy of the Taliban


Elsewhere on the BBC

  • UnderwaterHidden depths

    How do you explore the bottom of the ocean? BBC Future finds out

Programmes

  • The challenge is to drop a bottle of water within 100 metres of this dummyClick Watch

    The race to get water – transported by drone – to a man stuck in remote Australia

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.