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.