Joseph McCann guilty of 37 counts including rape, kidnapping and sexual assault

|News, Sexual offences , Violent crime

A serial rapist has been found guilty of a string of offences, including 19 sexual offences, against a total of 11 victims across the country.

Joseph McCann, 34, from Aylesbury, was convicted of a total of 37 crimes between 20 April and 5 May this year.

Following a trial at the Old Bailey, which he did not attend, McCann was found guilty today (6 December 2019) of:

  • seven counts of kidnapping,
  • ten counts of false imprisonment,
  • seven counts of rape,
  • one attempted kidnap,
  • three counts of assault by penetration,
  • one sexual assault,
  • two counts of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent,
  • one rape of a child under 13,
  • three counts of causing a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, and
  • two counts of committing an offence with the intent of committing a sexual offence.

CPS prosecutor Tetteh 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.

“The prosecution case against McCann also included hundreds of witness statements, CCTV footage showing McCann’s movements and forensic evidence collated from different police forces across the country working together to get justice. I hope today’s verdicts provide some comfort to the victims and allows them to focus on moving on and rebuilding their lives.”

All victims of sexual offences are eligible for special measures and the CPS applied to the court to allow the victims in this case to give evidence in a variety of different ways. This included facilitating a video-link from court or removing legal attire such as gowns and wigs inside the courtroom so that victims felt comfortable enough to provide the best evidence they could.

McCann will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on Monday (9 December 2019).

Notes to editors

Tetteh Turkson is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS London North

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