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FURTHER CHARGES: Watford serial rapist Joseph McCann faces more kidnapping allegations

 Published on: 26th October 2019   |   By: Court Reporter   |   Category: Uncategorized

Accused serial rapist Joseph McCann is facing two more allegations of kidnapping two women with the intentions of raping them, the Old Bailey heard yesterday (October 25).

McCann is facing 35 charges in total against 11 alleged victims aged between 11 and 71, across five police force area.

He faces seven counts of rape, one count of rape of a child under 13, seven counts of kidnap, one attempted kidnap, 10 counts of false imprisonment, three counts of assault by penetration, three counts of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, one count of sexual assault and two of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without their consent.

It’s claimed that McCann, 34, carried out the attacks in Watford, London, Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire between April 20 and May 5 of this year.

He was arrested a day later following a nationwide manhunt for McCann in Congleton, Cheshire after a stand-off between police where he was hiding up a tree.

McCann refused to leave his cell for his first court appearance back in May so the judge made an unprecedented move by bringing the hearing to him at Belmarsh Prison in south-east London. 

Prosecutor Daniel Fugallo told the court McCann faces two further counts of kidnapping with intent to commit rape against two separate women.

He said: “In a nutshell this application relates to the two final complainants. They currently have counts of false imprisonment and kidnap.

“They are two young people who on the Crown’s case were kidnapped and were taken some distance in a car by Mr McCann before he was apprehended by the police.

“Whilst he had them in his captivity, he stopped at a petrol station and bought a packet of condoms. The false imprisonment was with the intent to commit rape.”

McCann did not appear in court and the judge, Mr Justice Edis said he would enter not guilty pleas on behalf of McCann if he refused to come to court on the first day of trial.

The trial continues. 

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