Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Sex attacks cabbie faces a "very substantial term of imprisonment"

Police fear cab driver John Worboys, 51, could be one of Britain's most prolific sex attackers.

He was found guilty last month of assaulting 12 women during an 18-month reign of terror in London. Many of his victims were young women who had been drinking at bars and clubs at trendy night-spots in the capital. The cabbie offered them champagne secretly spiked with powerful sedatives to celebrate a fictional lottery win that left them unable to defend themselves.

Detectives said they have since been contacted by other women who claim the former stripper and adult film star targeted them with his distinctive ruse. They said at least he is the prime suspect in 85 attacks in the London and Dorset areas dating back to 2002. Senior officers said they will interview Worboys in prison after he is sentenced in a bid to clear up dozens of unsolved sex crimes.

Trial judge Mr Justice Penry-Davey warned Worboys he faces a "very substantial term of imprisonment" after guilty verdicts were returned at Croydon Crown Court. The handling of inquiries into serious sex attacks by the Metropolitan Police has been severely criticised since Worboys' conviction.

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