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Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Police criticised over handling of SW London sex attacker

An Independent Police Complaints Commission report has found MET Police officers failed to investigate 52 year old Warboy's first attack properly.

They were also too slow in collecting CCTV footage and completing forensic tests.

Commander Simon Foy who heads the Met's Serious Crime squad admits mistakes were made.

This is a timeline of the assaults committed by cab driver John Worboys.

Worboys passes The Knowledge to become a taxi driver in London. He also continues working as a stripper at night.

The first allegation of sexual assault is made that would later be linked to Worboys. Several more, all involving drivers of black cabs in London, are made over the next four years.

October 14

Worboys picks up a 25-year-old woman on the King's Road, Chelsea. They drink champagne together and smoke cigarettes to celebrate a casino win. He drugs and sexually assaults her.

November 10

Worboys is hailed by a young woman journalist, now aged 29, in Regent Street, central London, as she leaves a party in the early hours. She passes out and the 40-minute journey to her Balham home takes three hours.

April 5

A 22-year-old woman gets into Worboys's cab after celebrating a friend's birthday at an Oxford Circus club. He offers to take her home to Pinner,Middlesex, for £30 and gives her champagne. She is suspicious and only sips it. When they get to her house he shouts: "You've really wasted my time tonight."

June 29

A 21-year-old office worker is picked up by Worboys in Regent Street and he agrees to take her home to Tufnell Park, north London. They drink champagne. He kissed the victim on her mouth and cheek as she was left powerless to resist.

July (day unknown)

A 19-year-old student is given a lift home by Worboys from a night bus stop in King's Road to her family home in East Sheen. Worboys pays her £50 to down a glass of vodka and suggests she perform a sex act for £350.

July 26

Two women picked up by Worboys on this night complained of being sexually assaulted. The first was a 23-year-old Scandinavian drama student who lived in the Kings Cross area who was offered a £5 lift home from Regent Street. She poured her glass of champagne on the floor of the cab.

Worboys was found not guilty of drugging the woman. The second, a 19-year-old student, gets into his cab outside a Covent Garden nightclub at about 3am after he agrees to take her home to New Eltham for £30.

She told the court he persuaded her to have a drink and forced a pill into her mouth but she has no other memory of what happened.

July 27

Police arrest Worboys after recovering CCTV footage showing him carrying the teenage student out of the back of his cab at her halls of residence. He denies any sexual conduct or giving her a drink. He is released on bail.

October 29

Worboys is informed by letter that police will take no further action against him over the July 27 incident.

December 21

Worboys picks up a woman - now aged 27 - outside a Tottenham Court Road club after he persuades her and a friend to reject an unlicensed cab and accept a cheap lift home to Putney. He raped the woman and his DNA is recovered from semen stains on her clothes. Worboys later sent her a card wishing her a merry Christmas containing £10 he said she dropped in his cab.

January 3

Worboys picks up a 29-year-old insurance broker from Hornchurch, Essex, outside a City pub and agrees to take her home for £20. The woman said he plied her with champagne and asked if she would perform a sex act for £100. Worboys exposed himself, assaulted her and shouted abuse. His DNA was later found on her clothes.

January 11

A 19-year-old woman said Worboys approached her outside a club on the King's Road. She said she accepted a drink as they travelled to her home in the Smithfield area of London. She paid just £5 and remembers little of what happened. Worboys was found not guilty of drugging her.

February 1

In the early hours Worboys picks up a 23-year-old advertising director outside a Dean Street club who had been entertaining clients and offers to take her to Herne Hill. She drinks champagne and remembered her dress had been pulled up high on her legs as the defendant fiddled with his belt. DNA from the woman and from Worboys was later found on a vibrator at his home.

February 5

Worboys offers to give a 23-year-old woman a lift home to Twickenham from London Bridge. It is her first night out since having a daughter. She began feeling drowsy as they pull up outside her house and Worboys drove off. Forensic experts found traces of condom lubricant in her underwear.

February 8

As police realise a serial sex attacker may be on the loose, the case is transferred from borough officers to Scotland Yard's specialist crime directorate.

February 14

Worboys picks up a 30-year-old journalist and a friend who had been for drinks and a Thai meal in Soho. He agrees to take her home to Shepherd's Bush via Kensington. Once alone, Worboys offers her £5,000 to perform a sex act and gave her a glass of champagne. She could see something fizzing in the liquid and did not drink it.

February 15

An 18-year-old woman is given a lift home to Barnes, south west London, from Oxford Street. She drinks champagne and is sick. She loses a wristband that is later found at Worboys's home. Shortly after 10am, Worboys is arrested by police at his home in Sovereign Crescent, Rotherhithe, after he is identified. He denies sexually assaulting or drugging any women. A large number of women come forward to make allegations against him after news emerges he has been held by police.

2009 January 20

Worboys goes on trial.

March 13

Worboys is found guilty at Croydon Crown Court of 19 charges of drugging and sexually assaulting 12 women passengers at the end of a seven-week trial.

April 21

Worboys is jailed indefinitely and ordered to serve a minimum of eight years. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson said there are "concerning aspects" to the inquiry.

October 12 2009

The IPCC confirms seven police officers have been served so-called Regulation Nine notices, warning them they are under investigation.

December 1

Scotland Yard unveils a new centrally-organised team to catch more rapists and other sex offenders. More than 400 officers will eventually staff the £21 million Scotland Yard team, based in the force's specialist crime wing.

January 20th 2010

The IPCC publishes its inquiry into a series of blunders by Metropolitan Police officers as they were faced with the taxi driver's victims.
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