Black cab rapist John Worboys loses appeal against life sentence

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<p>The 63-year-old was jailed for life with a minimum term of six years at the Old Bailey in December 2019</p> (PA)

The 63-year-old was jailed for life with a minimum term of six years at the Old Bailey in December 2019

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Black cab rapist John Worboys has lost a Court of Appeal challenge against his life sentence for spiking the drinks of four women.

The 63-year-old was jailed for life with a minimum term of six years at the Old Bailey in December 2019 after he admitted spiking the drinks of four women.

Worboys, who now goes by the name John Radford, was already behind bars at the time, having been locked up indefinitely for public protection with a minimum term of eight years in 2009, after he was found guilty of 19 sex offences against 12 women between 2006 and 2008.

At a hearing in London on Wednesday, his lawyers challenged his most recent sentence.

Joanne Cecil, representing Worboys, argued the judge who sentenced him in 2019 was wrong to impose a life sentence as he was already serving a sentence of imprisonment for public protection – which means he cannot be released until the Parole Board concludes he no longer poses a danger.

The barrister also said the six-year minimum term was “excessive”.

But the Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett and two other judges rejected Worboys appeal bid.

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