Never piss on a scorpions nest!
Regular readers of my blog will know that one of my missions in life is the fight for justice in our criminal justice system. Some argue whether justice exists, I believe it does, for there to be injustice, first there has to be justice. I wish to highlight what I personally feel is one of the biggest miscarriages of justice I have ever seen in my 38 years involvement in the criminal justice system. I shall be using the recent events, of the announcement to release the Black Cab Rapist, and comparing this case to the one of a certain Charlie Salvador (formerly Bronson). In November 2017 the parole board ruled that Charles Salvador, should not be released from HMP Wakefield or progress to a lower security category and continues to be held in a Close Supervision Centre. He must now wait another two years for a review of his case.
Through a friend I was able to ask Charlie if he would write a poem based on his interpretation of hope, with what Charlie has had to endure so far I would have thought he had hope in abundance, so here is Charlie’s poem on hope, the original is on the RH side.
So lets then look at the facts of these two individuals, I will not tell you what to think, you can make up your own minds as to which one of these two men should be released.
John Worboys is a convicted sex offender, known as the Black Cab Rapist. Worboys was convicted in 2009 for attacks on 12 women. Police believe that he may have had more than one hundred victims, which would make him one of the Britain’s most prolific sex attackers. The first reports to police concerning suspicious incidents experienced by women in black cabs dated from 2002. Over a period of six-years, 14 women between 18 and 34 years of age, all in the professions, complained to the police of assault or other worrying experiences in a taxi, all of which had similarities. The police failed to link them.
Worboys was arrested for the sexual assault of a 19-year-old student in July 2007 and held at a police station in Plumstead, southeast London, but was released on bail after police believed his protests that she had been drunk and kissed him as she left his cab, which was confirmed by CCTV footage. In December 2007, a 26-year-old woman made a complaint about a cab driver who drugged and raped her, but a DNA match was not matched to Worboys. In January 2008, a 29-year-old insurance broker made a similar report to Essex police. In February 2008, Worboys raped a lawyer in his cab, who reported this to the police. These three reports convinced police that they were dealing with a serial rapist and they made a public appeal. A member of staff at a sexual referral unit remembered the 2007 case and Worboys was arrested at his house in Rotherhithe.
Worboys was convicted at Croydon Crown Court on 13 March 2009 of one count of rape, five sexual assaults, one attempted assault and 12 drugging charges, committed from July 2007 to February 2008. He was cleared of two counts of drugging. He was sent for a pre-sentencing report and a psychiatric report, and was sentenced on 21 April. He received an indeterminate sentence requiring he serve at least 8 years. Mr Justice Penry-Davey said he would not be released until the parole board decided he no longer presented a threat to women. The judge instructed that Worboys should be banned from driving a passenger vehicle for profit. He is expected to be released at the end of this month after serving nine years and nine months for drugging and sexually assaulting 12 women, including raping one of them. Police suspect he may have attacked more than 100 more women in total, using his black taxi to pick up victims before drugging them with laced champagne. Victims have said they are living in fear that Worboys may approach them, and several of them have said they want the 60-year-old banned from entering the Greater London area, partly because when he was arrested the police retrieved his address book containing many of the victims’ details.
I feel that the establishment are treating Charlie in an unjust way. He is being punished continuously for fighting against the unfair treatment he has received over the years. Yes! it cannot be denied that Charlie didn’t do himself any favours in relation to his conduct over the years, however, one ethos of prison is to encourage change in the individual, Charlie has met his side of the bargain and has changed, and in the most harshest of conditions. Charlie is the only one on the unit that has taken part in and completed the violence reduction course, the only acknowledged course available to Charlie , prison is all about give and take, Charlie took and has been giving back for years. In fact, was you aware that, for the last two decades Charlie has been providing charities, up and down the country and for a variety of causes, with his work so that they can auction them off raising much-needed funds, the amounts raised so far are in the hundreds of thousand £’s.
It is my personal opinion, that in the case of Charles Salvador, this government and the so-called independent Parole Board are guilty of misfeasance. Charles Salvador has served his time and has more than repaid his debt to society, yet the man they release is John Worboys. Who would you rather have walking the streets. I know that Charlie Salvador would be my choice, if you feel the same way as I do, then you, like me, also have a social obligation to do something about it.