CPS statement on John Worboys


During the police investigation into John Worboys, files relating to 83 separate complainants were referred to the CPS.

Of those 83, 14 complainants formed part of the trial. In respect of the remaining complainants, the cases did not pass the evidential test.

Prior to trial, the cases of three further complainants were assessed to have passed the evidential test. However, by that stage it had been decided that there were sufficient counts on the indictment to enable the judge to impose an appropriate sentence in the event of conviction.

These decisions were taken in full consultation with the police.

In April 2008 the CPS charged Worboys with 23 offences where it was deemed there was a realistic prospect of conviction based on the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

He was convicted of 19 of those offences following a trial at Croydon Crown Court in March 2009.

Following this conviction, we were advised by the Metropolitan police there were a further 19 complainants.

The police were advised in respect of these 19 complainants that if there were any allegations of rape they should refer these cases. It would be unlikely that it would be in the public interest to prosecute Worboys in relation to allegations of sexual assault or administering a substance with intent, because of the maximum sentence available to the court.

The police were advised they should consult with the CPS at any time with any concerns or for further advice.   

The police submitted a file in respect of one complainant who alleged a sexual assault, this file did not pass the evidential test.

Our decision-making was on the basis of all available evidence and there are no plans to review it. We would consider further charging advice in the event of matters being referred to us by police. If cases did not pass the evidential test there would have to be new evidence available that altered that assessment before they could be prosecuted. No cases can be prosecuted unless they pass the test in the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

At the outset of this case Lord Ken Macdonald was the Director of Public Prosecutions. Sir Keir Starmer became Director of Public Prosecutions in November 2008. Neither DPP had any involvement in the decision making behind this case.

[Updated 11 January 2018 to include penultimate paragraph]

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