A high court in London has granted compensation to two anonymous women who were subjected to poor treatment by officers investigating their respective sexual assaults. John Worboys was eventually imprisoned for life for the attacks, which were two of more than 100 assaults and rapes he was found guilty of.
The two women have been identified only by the initials NBV and DSD, and they have each been awarded a five-figure sum by the judge presiding over the compensation case. One woman received £19,000 while the other received £22,250. The Metropolitan Police had argued that the women should not be entitled to compensation because they had already received compensation through the civil court as well as the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. However it was determined that the European law of human rights had been compromised and that both women had suffered long-lasting effects as a result of the attacks and the subsequent treatment by officers investigating the cases. The Metropolitan Police has been granted the ability to appeal against the ruling but even if they choose to do so the compensation will still be paid in respect of the degrading treatment suffered.
How easy is it to claim compensation for mistreatment of this kind?
It depends on the evidence that exists for degrading treatment to have taken place. Since this is a complex area it is essential to get proper advice from a professional injury compensation lawyer. This should take into account what occurred and when, and what the outcome was. There must be evidence that negligence on the part of the police officers involved took place, which will help to support your case if you decide to take it forward.
Source: The Guardian
Date Published: August 12, 2014
Author: David Brown