05:27, March 28 334 0 theguardian.com

2018-03-28 05:27:04
Parole Board chair quits ahead of John Worboys ruling

The chair of the Parole Board, Nick Hardwick, has resigned ahead of a key legal ruling on a challenge to a decision to release the rapist John Worboys from jail.

A decision in the landmark action is expected on Wednesday by three judges at the high court in London. Their announcement in the case follows a two-day hearing earlier this month.

Lawyers for two women, who cannot be named for legal reasons, argued that the Parole Board’s decision to release the 60-year-old serial sex attacker was “irrational”, and should be overturned.

Hardwick’s resignation came after he met the justice secretary David Gauke on Tuesday night. There will be a ministerial statement in the Commons later on Wednesday on Worboys and the Parole Board.

More details soon …