Man embarked on ‘series of depraved sex attacks’

Image copyright Met Police Image caption Joseph McCann is accused of 37 offences against 11 alleged victims A man embarked on a series of “depraved” sex attacks on women and children, one as young as 11, a court has heard.Joseph McCann is accused of 37 offences against 11 alleged victims, including rapes, kidnap and false…

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Joseph McCann is accused of 37 offences against 11 alleged victims

A man embarked on a series of “depraved” sex attacks on women and children, one as young as 11, a court has heard.

Joseph McCann is accused of 37 offences against 11 alleged victims, including rapes, kidnap and false imprisonment, over two weeks in April and May.

The Old Bailey heard the 34-year-old snatched two women off London streets and told one he would “never release her” as he raped her multiple times.

Mr McCann of Harrow denies the charges.

The jury was told the defendant’s “spree of sex attacks” started in Watford before continuing in London, Greater Manchester and Cheshire.

One 21-year-old woman was grabbed at knifepoint and bundled into a car as she walked home with her sister from a Watford nightclub on 21 April.

Prosecutor John Price QC said she was released later that morning in a “state of great distress”.

‘Rape a child’

A 25-year-old woman was abducted as she walked home in Walthamstow, east London, just after midnight on 25 April.

Mr Price said the defendant told her “to stop screaming or he would stab her” then dragged her into a car “and drove off”.

The court heard the woman was raped “many times” by Mr McCann in various locations over the next 14 hours and subjected to acts of “shocking depravity and violence”.

“He made her call him ‘daddy’ and say that she was a child. At one point the man parked the car near to a school, saying that he wanted to make her rape a child,” Mr Price said.

Later the same day, and while still holding the woman prisoner, the defendant abducted a 21-year-old woman in Edgware, north London, as she walked along the street with her sister, the court heard.

CCTV of the woman being bundled into a silver people carrier just after midday was played to the jury.

Mr Price said she “suffered a similar fate” to the 25-year-old woman before the pair managed to escape while in Watford where Mr McCann had booked a hotel room for two nights.

He told the jury they would have come to “further harm” but one of the women hit their captor over the head with a vodka bottle and some builders “bravely” intervened to prevent them being recaptured.

The attacks resumed 10 days in the North West of England where, over 12 hours on 5 May, three women, three young girls and a boy of 11 were assaulted, the Old Bailey heard.

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