Police lose Supreme Court challenge over John Worboys compensation ruling


Police forces could face legal action by victims of serious crime over bungled investigations after a landmark case at the Supreme Court.

But Sarah Ricca, a solicitor for women's groups who intervened in the case, said forces had for years been paying out compensation and apologising for cases where there were significant mistakes. "The police need to stop wasting public money and start doing your job properly", she added.

It found that the Met Police's failure to properly investigate two victims' allegations of sexual assault in 2003 and 2007 amounted to inhuman and degrading treatment. "I can take one, I can't take 100".

Since he was jailed, police have linked him to more than 100 further rapes and sexual assaults after other alleged victims came forward. The black driver would pretend he was celebrating winning a cash prize, using it as an excuse to offer female customers sedative-laced champagne.

The first of Worboys's victims to make a complaint to police, known as DSD, was at court to hear the judgment.

Responding to the judgement, Sir Craig said: "There is no doubt that it will have implications for how we resource and prioritise our investigations". "I can't take the 105".

They brought their claims under article three of the Human Rights Act - the right not to be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment.

The police appealed the decision, saying that its duty was fulfiled by simply having the procedures to investigate in place.

"We know we should have done more in the initial investigation and today, as we did following his conviction, I unreservedly apologise to the victims we failed".

Giving the court's ruling on Wednesday, Lord Kerr said: "By a majority, we have held that failures in the investigation of the crimes, provided they are sufficiently serious, will give rise to liability on the part of the police".

The Metropolitan police warned that the decision means the force will have to shift resources away from areas such as fraud in order to comply with the judgment.

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. She was awarded £19,000.

Worboys, 60, will remain in prison pending a full High Court hearing on March 13.

The two women were initially award compensation totalling £41,250 by the High Court.

Earlier this month, DSD and NBV welcomed a ruling which gave them and London Mayor Sadiq Khan the go-ahead to challenge what they describe as the Parole Board's "irrational" decision to release Worboys.