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Sexual Offences

The Sexual Offences Act 2003 updated the law, much of which dated back to 1956.

The main provisions of the Act include the following:

  • Rape is widened to include oral penetration
  • Significant changes to the issue of consent
  • Specific offences relating to children under 13, 16 and 18
  • Offences to protect vulnerable persons with a mental disorder
  • Other miscellaneous offences
  • Strengthening the notification requirements and providing new civil preventative orders

Find out more about how we prosecute sexual offences

The Role of The Crown Prosecution Service

The Crown Prosecution Service is the government department responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales.

As the principal prosecuting authority in England and Wales, we are responsible for:

  • advising the police on cases for possible prosecution
  • reviewing cases submitted by the police
  • determining any charges in more serious or complex cases
  • preparing cases for court
  • presenting cases at court

Find out more about the role of the Crown Prosecution Service

Derry McCann pleads guilty to London rape

02/03/2017

A man has admitted raping a woman on his wedding day in a prolonged sexual attack.

Derry McCann, 28, [28/07/1988] attacked his victim in a park in Hackney just after midnight on Friday 13 January and subjected her to a two hour ordeal.

Later that day McCann married his pregnant girlfriend.

He pleaded guilty to four offences of rape against his victim and to the robbery of her phone when he appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court today (2 March 2017).

Andrew Held from the CPS said:

"This was a terrifying, violent and prolonged attack involving rapes committed by a man intent on inflicting fear and psychological suffering.

"The strong prosecution case which led to today's guilty pleas included victim testimony, an ID parade, CCTV footage, and bad character evidence based on a similar rape committed by McCann in 2006.

"I would like to thank McCann's victim for her courage in helping bring this prosecution and hope his conviction provides some sense of justice for her."

 

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Notes to Editors

  1. Andrew Held is a reviewing lawyer for CPS London.
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