Joseph McCann, a serial rapist who sparked a nationwide manhunt earlier this year, has been jailed for a minimum of 30 years.
McCann, 34, from Aylesbury, was convicted of 37 offences relating to 11 victims, aged between 11 and 71, in locations across the country including Watford, Hertfordshire, London, Lancashire, Manchester and Cheshire.
At the Old Bailey today (Monday, December 9), the Judge, Mr Justice Edis, called McCann “a coward, a violent bully and a paedophile” who had carried out a campaign of rape, violence and abduction of a level he had never seen or heard of before.
“You have never expressed a word of regret or concern for your victims. You are entirely obsessed with yourself and believe you are entitled to use other people in any way you want. You think that other people exist only for your pleasure,” he said.
“You are a classic psychopath; I don’t think you will ever cease to be dangerous.”
He sentenced McCann to 33 life sentences to be served concurrently, with a minimum term of 30 years in jail.
He was also sentenced to three 10-year sentences and a 14-year sentence, all to be served concurrently with the above.
The jury unanimously found McCann guilty of all 37 charges against him following a month-long trial which concluded on Friday, December 6.
McCann did not appear at court for sentencing, citing a bad back for his failure to appear.
The judge finished his remarks praising the bravery of all 11 victims.
“Each of these cases is tragic and I hope each victim finds a way to live through these ordeals and find future happiness,” Judge Edis said.
“The psychological harm will last for decades and may ruin their lives and those of the people around them.”
In a written impact statement read out in court, one of McCann’s victims said she no longer feels safe in the world following her ordeal.
“Since this happened, I have had to move house as my road and neighbourhood were all full of reminders and I felt acutely aware that everyone on my road knew what had happened,” she said.
“There has been a significant change in my lifestyle. I used to be very independent with no fear of going out and doing things alone.
“My life looks very different from how it once did. It has been a huge loss for me.
“My partner and I both exhibit symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and my sleep remains disturbed by nightmares.
“To replace a life thriving with one of surviving is very difficult.”
To read see the full extent of McCann’s crimes, go to www.mynewsmag.co.uk/joseph-mccann-serial-rapist-found-guilty-of-37-sickening-offences/