Friday, 2 March 2018

COPS' WOR ON VICTIMS 

Fury as Met blows £1m fighting compensation claims by two of John Worboys’ victims in the courts

The High Court ruled it had not properly investigated the attacks and was liable for the victims' suffering
COPS blew more than £1million fighting compensation claims by two victims of black cab rapist John Worboys.
The women battled for five years to share just £41,250.
 Metropolitan Police ran up over £1m in legal costs fighting two victims of black cab rapist John Worboys
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Metropolitan Police ran up over £1m in legal costs fighting two victims of black cab rapist John Worboys
The High Court awarded cash in 2013 after ruling that the Met had not properly investigated the attacks on them and was liable for their suffering.
The force fought the case in the Court of Appeal — which ruled in the women’s favour in 2015 — and all the way to the Supreme Court, which last week also agreed.
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It ran up £946,727 in legal costs, figures from freedom of information laws show.
That ignores in-house costs of the Met’s lawyers, staff time and other backroom resources — taking the true sum over £1million.
 John Worboys leaving the High Court via prison van last month
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John Worboys leaving the High Court via prison van last month
John Worboys victim tells Susanna Reid she feels guilty after cops failed to take her seriously
The Met admitted its case was not based on “factual differences” between it and the women about officers’ blunders.
It instead claimed the battle was about “interpretation of European human rights laws”.
But five Supreme Court justices agreed victims of serious crime should be able to sue cops if they fail to investigate properly.
Victim DSD was the first to report Worboys in 2003. She said she had a depressive disorder from police’s treatment of her. She was awarded £22,250.