The case of “Black Cab Rapist” John Worboys, who is due to be released on parole later this month, has given our free and fearless press a golden opportunity to play their power without responsibility game, kicking the parole board, the Government, and anyone else who gets in their way. It has also given the Murdoch goons at the Super Soaraway Currant Bun the chance to make up its own version of the story as it goes along.
To this effect, readers have today been served up “BEST OF FIENDS Levi Bellfield gave advice and helped ‘best pal’ black cab rapist John Worboys on his bid for parole” in a last-ditch attempt to bend the parole board to its will, by pretending that Bellfield, whose arrest for the murder of schoolgirl Milly Dowler was obstructed by the late and not at all lamented Screws messing around with the Police investigation, was involved.
Let’s see what this alleged “exclusive” claims. “BLACK cab rapist John Worboys was helped on his legal bid for parole by his jail ‘best pal’ Levi Bellfield … Worboys … became friends with Bellfield when they were both held inside Wakefield Prison … Milly Dowler killer Bellfield, 49, was Worboys’ ‘McKenzie Friend’ - someone who is on hand constantly to aid legal bids and dole out advice … And they stayed in touch when serial killer Bellfield was moved to Frankland Prison, Co Durham”. Ri-i-i-i-ght.
So Worboys was not in the same clinky as Bellfield when his suitability for parole was being assessed. Just how do the Murdoch goons expect that being “on hand constantly to aid legal bids” to have worked then? Also, how does legal advice work when the parole board is not examining legal arguments, but the psychological state of the prisoner and their suitability for release? The whole thrust of this article is dishonest.
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And what is their source for this dubious claim? “Our source said: ‘John was close to Bellfield and was upset when he moved. They were always in each other’s cells and having coffees and meals together … They would chat and banter about football and I expect John will visit Bellfield once he is out”. Given Prison Officers won’t go near the Murdoch press after all those trials recently, that source must have been a former crim.
Yes, on the basis of one uncorroborated source who has been banged up for his trouble, the Sun is making a whole series of claims about John Worboys which do not stand up to the most basic of scrutiny. And they’re not finished yet: “Worboys was to be freed yesterday but the Ministry of Justice delayed it amid anger over the case”. Was he now. So where did the Sun get that information, seeings no-one else has pitched it?
You see, that’s the problem: the press starts lying, and sooner or later it throws in a whopper too many, a fib so blatant that it jumps off the page and confirms that a story which looks too good to be true is indeed too good to be true. The Murdoch goons don’t know when Worboys will be released. They made up the claim about delays. Worboys will be released when victims have been consulted and his licence conditions are in place.
This “story” is not an exclusive. Most of it is demonstrably untrue. And when Worboys is released, more of those Sun readers will stop paying their hard-earned cash just to let a bunch of overmonied hacks insult their intelligence. Physician, heal thyself.