CPS charges John Radford, formerly John Worboys, with four offences
A CPS spokesperson said: “In September 2018, the Crown Prosecution Service received a file of evidence from the Metropolitan Police relating to allegations of non-recent sexual assault and of administering drugs to cause unconsciousness.
“Following a review of the evidence, the CPS has today charged John Radford, formerly known as John Worboys, with four offences.
“The charges are two offences of administering a stupefying or overpowering drug with intent to commit rape or indecent assault contrary to section 22 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 and a further two offences of administering a substance with intent to commit a sexual offence contrary to section 61 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
“He will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 23 May 2019.
“The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Mr Radford are now active and that he has a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”
Notes to editors
The CPS’s function is not to decide whether a person is guilty of a criminal offence, but to make fair, independent and objective assessments about whether it is appropriate to present charges for the criminal court to consider. The CPS assessment of any case is not in any sense a finding of, or implication of, any guilt or criminal conduct. It is not a finding of fact, which can only be made by a court, but rather an assessment of what it might be possible to prove to a court, in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.
The review of the evidence was carried out in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.