The Supreme Court will today hear the Metropolitan Police Commissioner’s appeal against findings that his force is liable for serious failings in its investigation into the serial rapist John Worboys

13.03.17 | |


The claims were brought by two of the 100+ women who were attacked by Worboys and whose reports to the police were initially dismissed by the force.  The courts below found serious failings in the police investigation into Worboys’ offending, including systemic failure to take account of the particular features of drug assisted rapes.  The Metropolitan Police Commissioner accepts the failings found by the courts below, but seeks to argue before the Supreme Court that the police should not be liable for failures in its investigations.  The courts below have found that a duty of effective investigation is owed to victims of serious violent and sexual crime under Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.  


Ruth Brander of Doughty Street Chambers is junior counsel for the women, led by Phillippa Kaufmann QC and instructed by Harriet Wistrich of Birnberg Peirce solicitors.

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