Met Police lose appeal over handling of the Worboys case


The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by the Metropolitan Police over the way it handled the John Worboys case.

Two women who were both raped by the black cab driver, Worboys, argued that their treatment by police caused them mental harm and alleged that the police failed to conduct effective investigations into Worboys’ crimes. Their claim was brought under article three of the Human Rights Act – the right not to be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment. The Met Police appealed by arguing that its duty was fulfilled by having practices and procedures to investigate in place. The Supreme Court unanimously dismissed the appeal.

Phillippa Kaufmann QC and Ruth Brander (Doughty Street) were instructed by Birnberg Peirce on behalf of the respondent. Karon Monaghan QC, Helen Law and Kirsten Sjovoll were instructed by Deighton Peirce Glynn on behalf of four of the interveners (Rape Crisis England and Wales, End Violence Against Women Coalition, Southall Black Sisters and The Nia Project).

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