Victims of serial rapist John Worboys win Met Police compensation bid

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Two women who were seriously sexually assaulted by London cabbie John Worboys have won their bid to get compensation from the Met Police.

One of the women, identified only as DSD, was the first of Worboys' victims to make a complaint to the Met in 2003 - although a woman went to City of London Police the previous year - while the other, NBV, contacted them after she was attacked in July 2007.

Between 2002 and 2008, Worboys, who was jailed for life in 2009, carried out more than 100 rapes and sexual assaults using alcohol and drugs to stupefy his victims, said Mr Justice Green at London's High Court.

He ruled that the Met was liable to the women for failures in its investigation and damages will now be assessed.

A previous investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission slammed Greenwich police officers who, following an arrest of Worboys, failed to properly follow up the case, leaving him free to assault more women.

DSD and NBV brought their claims under Articles 3 of the Human Rights Act - which relates to inhuman or degrading treatment.

DSD alleged that she suffered a depressive disorder as a result of her treatment by officers during the 2003 investigation, while NBV claimed that she suffered serious distress, anxiety, guilt and an exacerbation of post-traumatic disorder and depression as a result of her treatment during 2007.

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