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    Disgraceful decision. This is a man who meticulously planned his crimes. He was given an indeterminate sentence and he should never be released. He was in a position of trust, which he repeatedly abused. Heíll only be 60 when heís released, and Iím convinced heíll reoffend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lord bunberry View Post
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    Disgraceful decision. This is a man who meticulously planned his crimes. He was given an indeterminate sentence and he should never be released. He was in a position of trust, which he repeatedly abused. He’ll only be 60 when he’s released, and I’m convinced he’ll reoffend.
    Yup. He's a monster; he should be treated like one.

    I hope as many of the other women he assaulted lay complaints against him, and that the police can charge him with further crimes and put him away for the rest of his life.

    People like him should never be released.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lord bunberry View Post
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    Disgraceful decision. This is a man who meticulously planned his crimes. He was given an indeterminate sentence and he should never be released. He was in a position of trust, which he repeatedly abused. Heíll only be 60 when heís released, and Iím convinced heíll reoffend.
    Do you and others on here have access to ANY of the information before the Parole Board?

    Youíre all attacking people who have all the relevant information for their confidence in a decision, and yet with zero information you are all 100% confident the decision is wrong!

    An indeterminate sentence just means that someone wonít be released until they are ready to be released. Rather than be released too early having done no rehabilitation work. Clearly this guy has completed the prescribed rehab successfully. Time will tell if the decision is right or wrong of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve-O View Post
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    Do you and others on here have access to ANY of the information before the Parole Board?

    Youíre all attacking people who have all the relevant information for their confidence in a decision, and yet with zero information you are all 100% confident the decision is wrong!

    An indeterminate sentence just means that someone wonít be released until they are ready to be released. Rather than be released too early having done no rehabilitation work. Clearly this guy has completed the prescribed rehab successfully. Time will tell if the decision is right or wrong of course.
    This guy should never be released. I donít care how rehabilitated some people think he is. Heís probably one of the worst sex offenders this country has ever seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lord bunberry View Post
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    This guy should never be released. I donít care how rehabilitated some people think he is. Heís probably one of the worst sex offenders this country has ever seen.
    I donít think that is true. IF all of the allegations had been proven, then you might be right, but you canít detain people on the basis of accusations alone.

    I also note heís Ďonlyí got 1 charge of rape, which was a surprise to me. What are the other offences?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve-O View Post
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    I don’t think that is true. IF all of the allegations had been proven, then you might be right, but you can’t detain people on the basis of accusations alone.

    I also note he’s ‘only’ got 1 charge of rape, which was a surprise to me. What are the other offences?
    Sexual assault and drugging women. Most of the women have no recollection of what happened as they were drugged.

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    Violence against women is something that disgusts me more than almost anything else I can think of. Society doesn't take it seriously enough and the judicial system is just a reflection of that.
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    TBH the whole tone of that article ticks me off. I'm sure that the law was observed in this case, and I am aware that lawyers can always find something somewhere in the statute books to justify all manner of injustice. This isn't a discussion topic in a law school class; this guy is a serial rapist and as such should be presumed dangerous until proven beyond doubt to be safe. Far too many of these offenders are released into the community only to re-offend - or in other words, to damage or destroy more lives of more women (and children).

    One rape; five sexual assaults (what's the practical difference here if you're the woman on the receiving end?); one attempted sexual assault (not for want of trying, then); and twelve charges of drugging (what did the trial judge think he was up to, drugging them?). How convenient that one of the major after-effects of date-rape drugs like rohypnol is amnesia - that's why rapists use them. They don't tend to drug women and then not take things further.

    Effectively he gets a sentence of 8 years - 10 with time served - which means the judge assessed each assault as deserving of less that a year in jail. That's preposterous, and a grave insult to all the women he assaulted.

    He's going to be out soon, and we're supposed to believe that he's done the SO program and it's worked.

    Although the bit in red underlined below does leave one wondering just how successful this program may have been ...

    "Parole Board hearings are held in private and the full reasons for release decisions are not publicly available. Further information about Parole Board hearings in IPP cases is available here. The panel of three – often (although not always) chaired by a judge – will in appropriate cases also include a psychiatrist or psychologist, and the panel will have a dossier containing relevant materials about the prisoner and their progress. The panel can hear live evidence from offender managers, supervisors and psychiatrists, and there is scope also for victims to put forward their views. (Note - it appears that in this case the victims were not consulted.)

    "As to exactly what happened in this case, we simply don’t know any more than the short statement above discloses. One presumes that Worboys will have completed a sex offender treatment programme, although as has been pointed out by barrister Matt Stanbury, it is unclear whether this will be the same programme that was scrapped by the government earlier this year after it was found to increase rather than reduce sexual offending.

    "One presumes that there will have been highly persuasive evidence and strong recommendations by Worboys’ offender managers to convince the usually risk-averse Parole Board to direct his release, and there will be stringent restrictions on his movements with the threat of an immediate return to custody hanging over him at all times, but as to the details we are largely, and regrettably, in the dark."

    https://inews.co.uk/opinion/comment/man-raped-hundreds-women-released-prison-9-years/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

    ("One presumes"? In other words "one does not know but one hopes that this might be the case". If the law 'presumes' that a serial rapist like John Worboys turns over a new leaf and becomes safe to be let out into the community on the basis of a doubtful rehabilitation program and the word of an expert's interview, then as the guy in Oliver Twist says, the law is an ass. The last sentence is comforting, though - if he does rape some other poor woman, and this time he doesn't drug her successfully so she remembers and can testify, and goes through the ordeal of doing so, he'll finally get the sentence he deserves right now. So it's all OK.)

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    "Parole Board chair 'confident Worboys will not re-offend' .... "

    Ah well, that's good. Everything is rosy again.

    FFS, you have to wonder where all this will end. A posthumous pardon for Hitler?

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    With guys like this, i just dont understand why we, as a society, should take the risk?

    Even if there is a very small chance he will reoffend, it is too big a risk imo.

    I know we aim for rehabilitation etc, not at the expense of ANY risk to the public.

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    A dangerous, calculating predator. Over 100 rapes and sexual assaults?! How on earth can he possibly be trusted to be let back out in society again?!


    Disgusting decision and hell mend them if some other poor woman or girl is hurt by this monster.
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    With guys like this, i just dont understand why we, as a society, should take the risk?

    Even if there is a very small chance he will reoffend, it is too big a risk imo.

    I know we aim for rehabilitation etc, not at the expense of ANY risk to the public.
    A few years ago a girl I know was raped by a guy she had met on a night out. He was never convicted because the PF felt a conviction was difficult as she had willingly agreed to go back to his house, had kissed him earlier and the only other witness in the house said they had heard her crying but weren't aware of what actually went on. This girl wasn't a liar and she told a few of us what had occured and it sounded like a brutal ordeal.

    About a year later the same guy was convicted of rape in similar circumstances and also convicted of 2 further sexual assaults where he had attacked women in the street. He was sentenced to 6 years in prison and was back on the streets in less than 4. Last year he was convicted of a further 3 sexual assaults.

    Some people can't or won't be rehabilitated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pretty Boy View Post
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    A few years ago a girl I know was raped by a guy she had met on a night out. He was never convicted because the PF felt a conviction was difficult as she had willingly agreed to go back to his house, had kissed him earlier and the only other witness in the house said they had heard her crying but weren't aware of what actually went on. This girl wasn't a liar and she told a few of us what had occured and it sounded like a brutal ordeal.

    About a year later the same guy was convicted of rape in similar circumstances and also convicted of 2 further sexual assaults where he had attacked women in the street. He was sentenced to 6 years in prison and was back on the streets in less than 4. Last year he was convicted of a further 3 sexual assaults.

    Some people can't or won't be rehabilitated.
    It's only when it affects people that you know, that the horror of this sort of experience becomes clear.

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    Prolific sexual offenders like John Worboys cannot be rehabilitated in my opinion and should see out the rest of their days in prison.

    His impending release disgusts me and I feel for any female who lives in the community that he's to be released into. The authorities can put any restriction on him that they want, it won't give any protection to any poor woman or girl if he decides to attack them. I understand that he would be recalled straight back to prison if he does reoffend but it would destroy that person's life if he does attack someone else.

    All because they are "confident" he won't reoffend.
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    Men like him are masters of deceit and manipulation, who's to say he hasn't used such tactics to convince these people he should be released.

    This wasn't just a one off crime he committed, it's a very long series of attacks that were all pre-planned and calculated. I'm sorry but this man cannot be trusted. I pray to God that some other poor woman doesn't fall victim to him but I really fear they will.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pretty Boy View Post
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    A few years ago a girl I know was raped by a guy she had met on a night out. He was never convicted because the PF felt a conviction was difficult as she had willingly agreed to go back to his house, had kissed him earlier and the only other witness in the house said they had heard her crying but weren't aware of what actually went on. This girl wasn't a liar and she told a few of us what had occured and it sounded like a brutal ordeal.

    About a year later the same guy was convicted of rape in similar circumstances and also convicted of 2 further sexual assaults where he had attacked women in the street. He was sentenced to 6 years in prison and was back on the streets in less than 4. Last year he was convicted of a further 3 sexual assaults.

    Some people can't or won't be rehabilitated.
    Agree - the benefit of of the doubt should always favour the public, not the offender.

    That sound horriffic for your pal, and future behaviour would seem to weigh in on her side of the story.

    However as discussed above, it is a very difficult thing to prove. Im not sure how that can change, where one person's word is the only main evidence, its pretty hard to remove any reasonable doubt, particuarly in date rape cases.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthsideHarp_Bhoy View Post
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    Agree - the benefit of of the doubt should always favour the public, not the offender.

    That sound horriffic for your pal, and future behaviour would seem to weigh in on her side of the story.

    However as discussed above, it is a very difficult thing to prove. Im not sure how that can change, where one person's word is the only main evidence, its pretty hard to remove any reasonable doubt, particuarly in date rape cases.
    It isnít possible to change the law around rape cases as itís almost always going to be one persons word against anotherís. What needs to change is peopleís attitude towards members of the opposite sex. That and the police and the courts dramatically improving their procedures in rape allegations.
    I find it absolutely disgusting that a womanís previous sexual history is allowed to be used as evidence against her, while a mans sexual history is considered irrelevant, that and the fact that a man can choose to defend himself and cross examine the victim. In the future people will look back at this with disbelief.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthsideHarp_Bhoy View Post
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    With guys like this, i just dont understand why we, as a society, should take the risk?

    Even if there is a very small chance he will reoffend, it is too big a risk imo.

    I know we aim for rehabilitation etc, not at the expense of ANY risk to the public.
    If we kept everyone in who posed ANY risk to the public weíd need prisons on every street in the land!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve-O View Post
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    If we kept everyone in who posed ANY risk to the public weíd need prisons on every street in the land!
    Clearly, but like any risk there are differing levels, how this guy has been classed obviously as very low to minimal seems beyond belief to most people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouse Hibby View Post
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    Clearly, but like any risk there are differing levels, how this guy has been classed obviously as very low to minimal seems beyond belief to most people.
    Parole Board decisions here are essentially publicly available documents. Itíd probably be useful if they were in the UK too so that the public could at least get an insight.

    But, the public perception that the Board members are completely out of touch with reality is, I would suggest, most likely to be incorrect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve-O View Post
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    If we kept everyone in who posed ANY risk to the public weíd need prisons on every street in the land!
    Yeah fair point, but he wad already in situ, had a cell in the nonce wing, and we are choosing to let him out. Obviously you cant lock eveyone up, and many people who pose a risk will never act on it, but he has, repeatedly, and sex offending seems more of a mental disorder where people act on compulsion, as opposed to say some guy who is a bit of a bam if provoked with a drink in him in the pub who may lay one on somebody. So i think itnis unlikely he has been cured of his disorder.

    Im no criminologist though, and i appreciate that there may be oractical, and legal difficulties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthsideHarp_Bhoy View Post
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    Yeah fair point, but he wad already in situ, had a cell in the nonce wing, and we are choosing to let him out. Obviously you cant lock eveyone up, and many people who pose a risk will never act on it, but he has, repeatedly, and sex offending seems more of a mental disorder where people act on compulsion, as opposed to say some guy who is a bit of a bam if provoked with a drink in him in the pub who may lay one on somebody. So i think itnis unlikely he has been cured of his disorder.

    Im no criminologist though, and i appreciate that there may be oractical, and legal difficulties.
    It is possible for sex offenders to learn to manage their impulses. That is really what the treatment is all about, rather than offering a Ďcureí as such. Treat programmes do not deluded themselves into thinking men with high sex drives (to the point theyíll offend to get it) will suddenly lose interest in sex via counselling or the like. Itís about how to appropriately act on the drive etc etc.

    The media will always report the heinous cases where people reoffend but they donít report the many others who donít reoffend on release. Reoffending rates for sexual offending are actually reasonably low I believe. Certainly much lower than the popular perception of every single one of them reoffending rapidly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve-O View Post
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    It is possible for sex offenders to learn to manage their impulses. That is really what the treatment is all about, rather than offering a Ďcureí as such. Treat programmes do not deluded themselves into thinking men with high sex drives (to the point theyíll offend to get it) will suddenly lose interest in sex via counselling or the like. Itís about how to appropriately act on the drive etc etc.

    The media will always report the heinous cases where people reoffend but they donít report the many others who donít reoffend on release. Reoffending rates for sexual offending are actually reasonably low I believe. Certainly much lower than the popular perception of every single one of them reoffending rapidly!
    That's an interesting point, are there any statistics to show low reoffending rates from sex offenders?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve-O View Post
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    It is possible for sex offenders to learn to manage their impulses. That is really what the treatment is all about, rather than offering a Ďcureí as such. Treat programmes do not deluded themselves into thinking men with high sex drives (to the point theyíll offend to get it) will suddenly lose interest in sex via counselling or the like. Itís about how to appropriately act on the drive etc etc.

    The media will always report the heinous cases where people reoffend but they donít report the many others who donít reoffend on release. Reoffending rates for sexual offending are actually reasonably low I believe. Certainly much lower than the popular perception of every single one of them reoffending rapidly!
    You make a fair point. Its a good lesson as to why we shpuldnt engage in hyperbole based on media storms, something i try to avoid but i was guilty of here!

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    This monster being released and the danger to the female public is one thing, but the message it sends out to any wannabe rapists is very worrying.

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    This monster being released and the danger to the female public is one thing, but the message it sends out to any wannabe rapists is very worrying.
    The message to rapists is already worrying. The rapist who is charged, convicted and jailed is the unlucky one in the current system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pretty Boy View Post
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    The message to rapists is already worrying. The rapist who is charged, convicted and jailed is the unlucky one in the current system.
    Correct. Only 6% of rape allegations lead to a conviction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lord bunberry View Post
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    Correct. Only 6% of rape allegations lead to a conviction.
    The stats are so scary. Rape cases can be so complex and it often comes down to "one persons word against another".
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