Police and prosecutors have indicated they are prepared to bring fresh charges against John Worboys, the ‘black cab rapist’, amid a growing furore over why dozens of crimes were never brought to trial in the first place.
Police issued an appeal for information that could lead to a fresh investigation into Worboys, one of Britain’s most prolific sex offenders.
Meanwhile, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said three rape and sex assault cases dating back to Worboys’ conviction but not presented at trial could now be used against him.
Yes, I know, different crimes are different crimes. But the idea is that the State gets one shot at having a go at you. They prove it, you do the time, they don’t you’re off.
And, notably, they don’t get to come back again and again once one set of time has been done.
Sorry about this, but imagine those stories of 100 rapes are true. He shouldn’t be prosecuted, not now, for any of them. He’s fair game if there’s a murder etc, but not for rape.
I don’t have the law on my side here, nor perhaps even fairness. But that they can’t do serial prosecutions is a protection to us all.