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Ex stands up for sex attack' cabbie

PUBLISHED: 16:49 04 March 2009 | UPDATED: 15:42 16 August 2010

THE former lover of a black cab driver accused drugging and sexually assaulting women told the court he was one of the nicest people she had ever met. Linda Bolti-Westwood from Bromley dated John Worboys for six months after meeting him in a pub in 19

THE former lover of a black cab driver accused drugging and sexually assaulting women told the court he was one of the "nicest people" she had ever met.

Linda Bolti-Westwood from Bromley dated John Worboys for six months after meeting him in a pub in 1998, Croydon Crown Court heard last Thursday.

It is alleged that 51-year-old Worboys of Sovereign Crescent, Rotherhithe, a licensed cabbie since 1996, drugged 14 female passengers with spiked Champagne between October 2006 and February last year in a bid to sexually assault them.

He denies 23 charges of administering a substance with intent, rape, assault by penetration, sexual assault and attempted sexual assault.

Ms Bolti-Westwood said that she and Worboys had formed 'quite a close friendship' but had ended their relationship because they were not ideally suited for a long-term romance.

Describing her former boyfriend, Mrs Bolt-Westwood said: "He was very amiable, very kind, I was very impressed with him. He was one of the nicest people I have ever met."

She said Worboys was never verbally or physically aggressive towards her and said sex played a 'minor' part in their relationship.

She added: "To him it was more companionship and closeness and affection that he wanted."

Mrs Bolti-Westwood has not seen Worboys since they split in 1999 and is recently married.

On Tuesday, defence barrister Jeremy Gold QC branded Worboys a 'social misfit' and an 'oddball' but claimed this did not mean he was guilty of the charges.

The trial continues.

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