Rapist Worboys sentenced to a further six years in prison

Updated: Dec 19, 2019


John Worboys has been handed a further six years in prison after admitting to sex attacks on four more women.


John Worboys, 62, who now goes by the name of John Radford, was sentenced today at the Old Bailey. He is currently serving an indefinite prison sentence at HMP Wakefield.

Worboys admitted guilt to the charges on 20 June and was sentenced for further imprisonment for the following offences:

  • Two counts of administering a stupefying or overpowering drug with intent (contrary to Section 22 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861); for this he received a life sentence, to serve a minimum of six years, and;

  • Two counts of administering a substance with intent (contrary to Section 61 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003) for which he was jailed for a term of six years each.

All sentences will be served concurrently.


Police sources say each of the four charges relates to offences against four different women. They were first reported to police in early 2018.


In each case, the victims reported getting into Worboys cab after a night out, and accepted a drink from him after being told that he had won money - on the lottery, at a casino or after gambling - and wanted to celebrate.


They then say they “blacked out” and woke up some time later, feeling disoriented and unwell.


In December 2018 they all pointed out Worboys during identification parades as the cab driver who picked them up on those evenings.


Detective Chief Inspector Ann-Marie Waller, of the Met’s Central Specialist Crime Command, said: “Radford’s criminal history and predatory nature is well-documented and the disgust and anger about his serial offending will endure for years to come.


“Like all of his victims, the four women who saw justice done today were passengers in his taxi and were incapacitated by a drink offered to them by Radford on false pretences, and for his own sexual gratification.


“They have shown incredible courage and bravery in re-living their ordeals and reporting the crimes committed against them to police. I hope that they feel safer in the knowledge that Radford will spend more time behind bars for his crimes.


“When these offences were reported in 2018, officers were resolute in carrying out a thorough investigation and building the strongest possible case against Radford, working closely with the Crown Prosecution Service to ensure the case was brought before the courts.


“We would urge any victims of serious sexual offences who have not reported the crimes committed against them to police, for whatever reason, to come forward. These types of cases are often complex and challenging, but officers will always take allegations seriously and investigate them thoroughly, whilst doing the utmost to bring offenders to justice and support victims.”

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