Britain’s worst serial rapist Joseph McCann has been sentenced to 33 life sentences after carrying out a series of brutal sex attacks on 11 women and children.
McCann, 34, didn’t show up to the Old Bailey on Monday afternoon to hear his sentencing by Mr Justice Edis because he claimed he had a “bad back”. He also chose not to appear via video-link.
During a two-week cocaine and vodka-fuelled rampage, McCann abducted and raped his victims, aged 11 to 71, at knife-point in London, Watford and the North West.
He was eventually caught up a tree after being chased by police officers who interrupted his attempt to rape two 14-year-old girls.
Serial rapist given 33 life sentences for attacks on 11 women and children
Justice Edis branded McCann a “classic psychopath”, “a coward, violent bully and paedophile”, as he gave him 33 life sentences with a minimum term of 30 years.
On Friday, December 6, a jury deliberated for five hours to find him guilty of 37 charges relating to 11 victims, including eight rapes, false imprisonment and kidnap.
McCann was also not present for his trial.
The convicted burglar had been freed by mistake just two months before he set out on his campaign of terror, between April 21 and May 5, this year.
McCann should have been recalled to prison indefinitely after he committed a burglary while on licence for an offence he committed in 2008, after threatening to stab a pensioner as he raided his home. Instead, he was handed a new fixed prison sentence and released automatically half way through, without Parole Board involvement, in February 2019, Metro UK reports.
The rapist has refused to engage in his trial throughout the process and continued in the same manner for his sentencing today.
In his absence, Justice Edis said there should be an independent investigation into how the system “failed to protect” McCann’s victims from him.
McCann abducted his first victim, a young woman in Watford, and raped her on April 21. She identified her attacker to police and a prison recall was issued but just four days later, he abducted a 25-year-old woman in Walthamstow. He subjected her to a 14-hour rape ordeal.
He was caught on CCTV hours later bundling another young woman into his car, as her sister ran off screaming, in north London. They escaped in Watford, after the 25-year-old hit McCann over the head with a vodka bottle.