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The serial sex attacker John Worboys was jailed indefinitely by a judge at Croydon crown court today and told he must serve a minimum of eight years after he was found guilty on 19 charges of drugging and sexually assaulting 12 women, in one case raping his victim.


Worboys, 51, a licensed London taxi driver who preyed on female passengers late at night, was given an indeterminate sentence.


More than 60 people, including several of Worboys's victims and the police investigation team, packed court number three to see him jailed.


Mr Justice Penry-Davey said the cab driver would not be released until a parole board decided he no longer presented a threat to women.


Wearing the same grey suit he wore for the entire trial, Worboys remained impassive as he was sentenced.


The judge said: "Drivers of licensed black cabs in London have a worldwide reputation not only for the reliability of their driving but for their professional trustworthiness. As somebody with an enduring and powerful interest in sexual matters you saw an opportunity through cab driving. You exploited that trust and, through the use of alcohol and drugs, you sexually abused young women who had trusted you to take them home safely late at night as it was your duty in the circumstances to do.


"You developed and perfected a web of deceit that was sufficient to ensnare young, intelligent and sensible women who had enjoyed a night out and whose only mistake, as it turned out, was to get into your cab late at night."


The judge ordered that Worboys be banned from driving a passenger vehicle for profit and that his black cab and a carrier bag filled with £3,680 be forfeited.


The court heard that money from the sale of the £5,000 vehicle would be added to the cash and split between his 12 victims. He would be placed on the sex offenders register.




minimum of 8 f***ing years? Should be 20

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