Black cab rapist John Worboys jailed for at least eight years

A taxi driver convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting women passengers was jailed indefinitely today and told that he would have to serve a minimum of eight years behind bars.

John Worboys, a 51-year-old black cab driver was found guilty last month of assaulting 12 women during an 18-month reign of terror in London. Many of his victims were young women who had been drinking at bars and clubs in the capital.

The cabbie offered the women champagne secretly spiked with powerful sedatives to celebrate a fictional lottery win that left them unable to defend themselves.

Detectives said they have since been contacted by other women who claim the former stripper and adult film star targeted them with his distinctive ruse. Officer said he is the prime suspect in at least 85 attacks in the London and Dorset areas dating back to 2002, which could make him one of Britain’s most prolific sex offenders.

April 21, 2009. news.

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