Challenge to Parole Board decision to release John Worboys to begin


The challenge to the Parole Board’s decision to release the black cab rapist John Worboys (now known as John Radford) & secrecy rule starts in Court 5 today, and will be heard by Sir Brian Leveson, Mr Justice Garnham and Mr Justice Jay over two days. The challenge is that the Board failed to take into account material matters and is irrational. There is also a challenge to the lawfulness of the blanket ban on disclosure of information about Parole Board decisions.

Matrix barristers Phillippa Kaufmann QC and Nick Armstrong, instructed by Harriet Wistrich of Birnberg Peirce, represent two of Worboys’ victims, DSD and NBV; Dan Squires QC and Sarah Hannett represent the Mayor of London, who is also challenging the decision; and Gavin Millar QC and Aidan Wills represent News Group Newspapers and are instructed by RPC, who are challenging the prohibition on disclosure to press and public of Parole Board decision-making. Although the reason for the Board’s decision is so far known only to the parties to the litigation (excluding News Group Newspapers), it is anticipated that nearly all of the reasons, together with much of the underlying material, will be made public tomorrow.