Serial rapist found guilty of raping 11 women and children

Serial rapist found guilty of raping 11 women and children - MTG UK
Serial rapist found guilty of raping 11 women and children - MTG UK

Serial rapist found guilty of raping 11 women and children

Serial rapist found guilty of raping 11 women and children.

Serial rapist found guilty of raping 11 women and children - MTG UK

The predator is facing a second life sentence after he was let out of prison by mistake (Picture: PA)

Joseph McCann has been convicted at the Old Bailey for a string of knifepoint rapes during a two-week vodka and cocaine fuelled rampage. It took just seven and a half minutes for the jury to find him guilty of all 37 counts against 11 women he preyed on across London, Hertfordshire and the North West. He is facing a second life sentence after being released from jail because of a mistake by prison staff before going on to launch his campaign of terror between April 20 and May 5. It echoes the concerns over London Bridge attacker Usman Khan, who was automatically released on licence half way through his prison sentence. After being let back onto the streets, McCan abducted, raped and held prisoner women and girls aged between 11 and 71 years old.

Serial rapist found guilty of raping 11 women and children - MTG UK

CCTV of serial rapist Joseph McCann being chased by police right before his arrest (Picture: PA)

Serial rapist found guilty of raping 11 women and children - MTG UK

McCann, 34, was detained after being found in a tree (Picture: PA)

He drove around the country claiming victims, taking increasing amounts of cocaine and alcohol. The predator was eventually caught up a tree after being chased by police officers who interrupted his attempt to rape two 14 year old girls. In a statement CPS prosecutor Tetteth Turkson said: ‘Joseph McCann behaved with shocking depravity. ‘He preyed on women and young children with regard only for himself. ‘His victims endured horrifying acts of sexual violence and were subjected to a truly terrifying ordeal. ‘It was through persistence and bravery that some of them managed to escape.

‘They showed great strength of character in recounting their stories to police and giving evidence to the court – reliving some of what must have been the darkest moments of their lives. ‘It is with the power of this evidence, and the courage of the victims in giving evidence, that Joseph McCann has been convicted of his crimes. ‘I hope today’s verdicts provide some comfort to the victims and allows them to focus on moving on and rebuilding their lives.’ McCan has a long list of previous convictions and was given an indeterminate sentence for public protection in 2008 when he burgled the home of an 85-year-old man and threatened to stab him. After being convicted he insisted he wanted to ‘life a crime free life’ to look after his partner and two children. Judge Frederick Marr-Johnson then told him: ‘I think there is a risk of you causing long term psychological harm in the future.’ After 18-months inside he should have gone before a parole board hearing because he was subject to the life sentence.

Serial rapist found guilty of raping 11 women and children - MTG UK

The jury took just seven and a half minutes to convict Joseph McCann of all counts (Picture: PA)

But he was released without any meeting on February 15 this year because prison staff were not aware he had been jailed indefinitely in 2008. Weeks later he began his sex attacks which led to a six week trial at the Old Bailey. McCan did not appear in court himself but instructed his barrister to make a series of bizarre claims insisting his victims either consent to sex, or that nothing happened.

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