Ex-wife of 'black cab rapist' John Worboys 'disgusted' over prison release

‘Black cab rapist’ John Worboys
‘Black cab rapist’ John Worboys

The ex-wife of a London taxi driver believed to be one of the UK’s most prolific rapists has said she is ‘disgusted’ by the decision to release him from prison.

Jean Clayton told The Sun: ‘I feel utter disgust. If he hadn’t been caught and taken to court he would have murdered somebody. It’s very scary. He was the biggest mistake of my life.’

John Worboys, now 60, was jailed in 2009, after carrying out more than 100 rapes and sexual assaults after using drugs and alcohol to sedate his victims between 2002 and 2008.

The cabbie offered them Champagne spiked with powerful sedatives to celebrate a fictional lottery win, a story he backed up by carrying a bag stuffed full of cash.

The drugs left the women insensible and unable to protect themselves as he pounced on them in the back of the vehicle.

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Mother-of-three Ms Clayton was married to Worboys between 1991 and 1995 but ended the relationship after she caught her then-husband spying on her teenage daughters.

She said: ‘He made our family’s life a misery. I can’t imagine what these women are feeling. Nine years and out isn’t justice. It’s awful.’

Bottles and other items seized from London cabbie rapist John Worboys, who is to be released from prison. (Met Police)
Bottles and other items seized from London cabbie rapist John Worboys, who is to be released from prison. (Met Police)

The chairman of the Parole Board said today that he is ‘very concerned’ that some of Worboys’ victims were not told about his release.

Nick Hardwick acknowledged the “lack of transparency” in Parole Board processes and promised to launch a public consultation.

In a statement yesterday the Parole Board said: ‘We can confirm that a three member panel of the Parole Board has directed the release of Mr John Worboys, following an oral hearing.

‘The arrangements for Mr Worboys’ release will be managed by the Ministry of Justice.’

The former stripper was told at his hearing that he would serve a minimum of eight years behind bars, and would not be released until parole officials were convinced he did not pose a threat to women.

He was found guilty of assaulting 12 women during an 18-month reign of terror in the capital.

The black cab of serial rapist John Worboys (Met Police)
The black cab of serial rapist John Worboys (Met Police)

After he was sent to prison a number of further women came forwards, bringing the total of alleged attacks to more than 100.

Many of his victims were young women who had been drinking in fashionable night spots in the West End and Chelsea.

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