Kirk Reid, 49, jailed for a series of sex attacks on women in 2009, has applied for parole
A serial sex attacker could be released from prison within months – despite having served just nine years of his life sentence.
Kirk Reid, 49, known as the ‘Night Bus Beast’ because he pounced on female passengers as they made their way home alone may be free by the autumn.
He was convicted of 26 indecent assaults and two rapes in 2009 and jailed for life with a recommendation that he serve at least seven and a half years.
However police investigation Reid believe he may have targeted as many as a hundred victims between 2001 and 2008 in south London before he was finally caught.
As in the case of black cab rapist John Worboys – whose own bid for freedom from a life sentence was thwarted in March after legal action by his victims – a catalogue of police errors enabled Reid’s violent spree to continue.
Bungling officers failed to take Reid’s DNA after stopping him in 2002. Then two years later a member of the public gave police his car licence plate after claiming to have witnessed a sex attack – but the report was never followed up allowing him to attack dozens more women.
Parole Board sources have told MailOnline that Reid’s case is likely to be wrapped up within five months meaning that, if successful, he will be out by late September or early October.
Reid’s bid for freedom has echoes of taxi rapist John Worboys’ (pictured) case, whose application for parole was rejected in April after a successful legal challenge by his victims
A spokesperson confirmed: ‘The Parole Board can confirm that Mr Reid is currently undergoing a parole review and this is following normal processes.
‘At this time no date has been set for an oral hearing. We are unable to comment further on the individual details of this case.’
Most of Reid’s attacks happened between 2001 and 2008. However he was accused but never charged with raping an 18-year-old girl in 1984. Then in 1995 he was acquitted of indecent assault after a woman claimed he attacked her in a central London alleyway.
Driving his red Volkswagen Golf, the predator would follow the N155 night bus, which travelled from central London through Clapham, Balham and Too