The release of a violent sex offender, known as London’s Black Cab Rapist, after serving just eight years in prison, has been condemned by UKIP’s new Shadow Cabinet Member for Home Affairs.
Richard Bingley, a security expert who has campaigned to scrap early release schemes for violent offenders, said:
“The release back into the community of this debased and dangerous individual is an indictment of our ineffective Crown Prosecution Service and this government’s continued cuts to police investigators.
“Moreover, the fact that his many victims were not informed prior to his release, is potentially itself a breach of law. There is a duty to warn and a duty to protect by public authorities and I’m sure victims’ and their lawyers will be looking at this.
“There can be no excuses within the CPS. It doesn’t matter how under-resourced staff and managers are. Those responsible for this appalling lack of judgement should be sacked.”
Mr Bingley added:
“This serial rapist was sentenced to an indefinite sentence only back in 2009. Yet he was convicted by a jury for several rapes and police detectives have linked him to several dozen more. The ‘indefinite’ sentencing tariff needs changing. Too often it’s used to get violent offenders out of secure units and back onto the streets.”
“Time and again, Labour and Conservative MPs and pretend to be surprised when awful crimes are committed by repeat offenders. But they are the MPs who do nothing over decades about these absurdly soft and hazardous laws.
“In the interests of public safety a basic jail sentence of 30 years should be the bare minimum for such a disgusting and dangerous individual. Instead, the human rights of a rapist are put before those of vulnerable women in Theresa May’s delusional ‘strong and stable’ Conservative Party.”