Shocking evidence of police incompetence in arresting serial rapist John Worboys will be laid bare in new Channel 5 documentary, Predator: catch the rapist from the black cabin, which airs tonight.
the doc features heartbreaking interviews with victims of Worboys, who sexually assaulted more than 100 victims between 2000 and 2008. Additionally, it includes interviews with police officers about the case and those who were associated with Worboys before he was released. condemned.
Worboys committed his crimes by giving drugs to unsuspecting women, usually in a drink, before raping them. He often claimed that he had just won the lottery, or had pocketed a prize at the casino, encouraging them to drink on his behalf in celebration, as he was driving.
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From the first time one of Worboys’ victims approached the police, an account by Tim Grattan-Kane, the lead investigator on the case, revealed shocking negligence.
“When she was dropped off at Holloway Police Station, no one had taken the details of the taxi or the driver, if the details of Worboys had been taken at the time, there would have been some avenue of investigation,” he said in an interview. for the doc.
“However, the officers’ mindset probably would’ve been ‘well, she’s a license plate cab driver, they’re highly respected and she’s drunk’ – and she wasn’t treated like that. a victim of drug-facilitated sexual assault, they were wrong. ”
Discussing how she felt during her interrogation, the anonymous woman said: “The police made me feel like I had made it all up. I felt it was my fault, then I started to think, I made it up. it doesn’t happen, then I started having suicidal thoughts. “
This error was serious, not only marking the woman in question, but allowing the Warboys to escape and rape many more victims.
It was only when his 79th victim came forward that the police did not hear from the taxi driver again.
This victim was a student at the time, and in the doc, she gives a heartbreaking explanation of how the London taxi driver forced her to swallow a pill to drug her, in 2007.
“It was the first time in my life that I found myself in a situation where I was vulnerable and that I took advantage of. I felt really upset by the whole situation. It was a very emotional time, ”she said at the time, adding that she still never spoke to a loved one about the heartbreaking incident.
Discussing her statement to police, the woman said she was even more traumatized by the way they spoke to her, asking if she described herself as a “woman who would wear red nail polish and lipstick. “, and repeatedly wondering how much she had drunk. night.
“The way they were behaving was like everything that happened that night was my fault and I deserved it,” she said.
It was only after police were tricked into looking at CCTV from the night of the rape that they realized his cab was being driven by John Worboys.
To make matters worse, the police still didn’t seem concerned about the Worboys, knocking on his door and leaving a note when he was not at home, allowing him to shed the incriminating evidence and think about what to do with it. ‘he was going to say. before voluntarily reporting to the police station.
The interview in question is perhaps the most damning piece of evidence in the case against the police handling of the whole ordeal, as shown in the documentary.
The unseen footage shows how laid back the brass were when chatting with the alleged rapist, apparently still acting under the assumption that, because he was a “ believable ” black cab driver, he wasn’t guilty.
Viewers will learn there that the officer did not question Worboys about the multiple discrepancies between his account of the events and the video surveillance they had observed, or the reports of his victims.
Instead, they seemed to blindly believe him when he said, “I never touched her or anything,” and made him ashamed of being “drunk.”
The officer also failed to question Worboys about the timeline of the crime, for which he gave a completely different account than they already had, falsely claiming he did not take the victim until 4 a.m. in the morning, when it was actually 2 a.m.
At the end of the interview, the officer even seems to give her an alibi, as one can hear her saying “forgive me for asking, but is this a case where she has engaged in sexual activity with you?” to pay the price of the ticket?
At the time, Worboys denied such an allegation, but if he had accepted the main question it might have freed him from all rape charges.
“Did she offer to pay you sexually?” Worboys was further asked – but he again denied.
After listening to the interview again, NBV (the name given to the anonymous victim) said that listening to her interview with the police was “traumatic” and “difficult”.
In this case, Worboys was subsequently released on bail. It wasn’t until multiple rape allegations occurred between 2007 and 2008, amalgamated by police, that Worboys was put back into the mix, after a staff member from a health referral unit sexual recalled the 2007 case, of which he had been a suspect.
Eventually, police properly investigated Worboys and found a “rape kit” in the trunk of his car, filled with mini bottles of champagne, plastic gloves, a torch, vibrators and condoms.
They also found sleeping pills and an ashtray, which he had used to crush drugs, and a notebook with response notes he had prepared to give to police after his arrest.
Police also eventually found a semen stain on a woman’s underwear that matched Worboys, along with a host of other forensic evidence relating to other victims.
In 2009, Worboys was incarcerated indefinitely and sentenced to a minimum sentence of eight years in prison, after being convicted of 19 sexual offenses against 12 women between 2006 and 2008 (although the actual number of assaults was in the hundreds ). .
In January 2018, the Parole Board said Worboys would be released after serving 10 years. However, victims successfully challenged this decision and he was sentenced again in 2019.
Predator: Catch The Black Cab Rapist Tonight at 9 p.m., Channel 5