Black cab rapist John Worboys (pictured) has met with lawyers to discuss a renewed bid for freedom, it emerged last night
Black cab rapist John Worboys has met with lawyers to discuss a renewed bid for freedom, it emerged last night.
The serial sex attacker is hoping to win parole at a new hearing later this year, a fellow inmate has claimed.
The 61-year-old was convicted of attacks on 12 women at his 2009 trial.
But he is suspected of molesting and drugging as many as 100 women.
The source told the Sun: ‘He has been having strategy talks with his solicitors and on how best to deal with the psychiatric panel.’
Last year the Parole Board ruled Worboys could be freed after finding he had learned ‘not to hide negative thoughts and feelings’ during ‘positive’ treatment with psychologists.
But the decision was reversed and the board’s chairman forced to quit after two victims appealed against the decision in a highly-charged court showdown in March.
Worboys now hopes a fresh Parole Board hearing will be scheduled by summer after new psychiatric reports are prepared.
The serial sex attacker is being held at Wakefield Prison in West Yorkshire (pictured)
The rapist was reported to be ‘keeping his fingers crossed he will get the all-clear’.
However, one of his alleged victims told the Sun last night: ‘I always feared he would go before the board again but this feels far too soon.’
Worboys was convicted of the attacks on 12 women in 2009 but continued to protest his innocence, and had asked the Criminal Cases Review Commission to look at his case.
But in May 2015 – nine months before he would become eligible for parole after serving his minimum term – he dramatically admitted he had carried out the attacks of which he had been convicted, although he continued to deny any other offences.
The 61-year-old (pictured) was convicted of attacks on 12 women at his 2009 trial
He is not likely to be allowed to return back to London, according to a source. Pictured, Worboys’ black cab
The Parole Board decides whether prisoners serving life or indeterminate sentences for public protection, fixed-length sentences of four years or more and some violent criminals who have re-offending should be released.
Worboys is being held at Wakefield Prison in West Yorkshire.
The source added: ‘He’s been working hard as a cleaner and has kept out of trouble. He’s seen as a model prisoner.’
But he is not likely to be allowed to return back to London, according to the source.
Campaigning lawyer Rachel Krys told the Sun: ‘We just hope that the new Parole Board speak to the victims and also consider the pattern of offending police suspect him of.’