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Cab driver accused of sex attacks

PUBLISHED: 16:01 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 16:06 25 August 2010

A TAXI driver is accused of drugging 14 female passengers with spiked champagne to sexually assault them in the back of his black cab.

A TAXI driver is accused of drugging 14 female passengers with spiked champagne to sexually assault them in the back of his black cab.

John Worboys, 51, of Sovereign Crescent, Rotherhithe drugged and sexually assaulted a string of women, the court heard.

A woman from Eltham who claims to have been drugged and sexually assaulted on July 7, 2007 was due to give evidence yesterday afternoon.

It was her report to police which led to Worboys' initial arrest the month she was allegedly attacked.

But the case was dropped and he is accused of going on to assault seven more women before being arrested again in February last year.

On Tuesday the court heard that just weeks after the woman from Eltham was allegedly attacked Worboys spiked another girl's drink and ended up offering her thousands of pounds to sleep with him.

The 24-year-old Swedish woman told the court she was offered £2,000 for sex as he drove her home after picking her up in Oxford Circus.

The concerned student refused and insisted she was taken home, where she was violently sick but did not realise she had been drugged.

The court heard that she was one of two women Worboys allegedly approached and drugged in the early hours of July 26, 2007.

Her boyfriend spotted a similar story in a newspaper months later which made her contact the police.

Worboys, a licensed black cab driver since 1996, is charged with six sexual assaults, one rape and one attempted sexual assault between October 2006 and February last year. The trial continues.

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