The Justice Secretary is preparing to try and halt the release of black cab rapist John Worboys following the Parole Board’s decision to release him, according to The Sunday Times.
David Gauke has come under pressure from four cabinet colleagues to take the matter to a judicial review, which is the only way the Parole Board’s decision could be overturned.
The Sunday Times reports that Mr Gauke has asked lawyers to prepare a case for a review and will trigger the legal challenge if it has a “reasonable” chance of success.
Worboys is set to be released from prison less than 10 years after he was jailed for drugging and sexually assaulting 12 women and raping one, but police said later they believed he attacked up to 102 victims and lawyers believe there were 105.
Mr Gauke has reportedly been warned by the four fellow ministers that the decision to set him free could be unlawful because his victims had not been consulted, having been assured he would “not be coming out for a long time”.
A three-person panel decided he was no longer a danger to the public and approved his release on licence, but with 14 secret restrictions.