Serial rapist kidnapped girls as young as 11 off the streets, telling one he 'wanted to make her rape a child'

Joseph McCann is facing 37 charges in connection to his crimes, including seven counts of rape and seven counts of kidnapping.


                            Serial rapist kidnapped girls as young as 11 off the streets, telling one he 'wanted to make her rape a child'

The Old Bailey heard how a man accused of being a serial rapist embarked on a kidnapping spree and carried out a series of "depraved" sex attacks on women, some as young as 11, over two weeks in April and May.

Prosecutors said Joseph McCann, 34, operated in Cheshire, Manchester, Lancashire, London, and Hertfordshire between April 20 and May 5, according to the Sun, and described one horrific incident where a 25-year-old victim was raped "many times" in different locations over 14 hours. 

They said she had been coming home after work shortly after midnight in Walthamstow, east London on April 25 when McCann stopped by in his silver Ford S Max, abducted her, and threatened her. "He put his hand over her mouth. He told her to stop screaming or he would stab her. He dragged her to the nearby car," said John Price QC, prosecuting.

"He pushed her inside and drove off," he continued. "These counts are but a specimen of a dreadful ordeal endured by her - one of shocking depravity and violence."

The court heard of how he threatened to smash a vodka bottle in her face, made her remove her clothes and masturbate in front of him, and sexually assaulted her in multiple occasions. "He made her call him 'daddy' and say that she was a child," Price said. "He wanted to make her rape a child. He said he would put her in the canal to wash his DNA off her."

While she was still in the car, McCann approached two sisters in the street and forced one into the car. Then, he raped her as she wrestled him and begged him for mercy, claiming she was a virgin because of religious reasons.

She and the 25-year-old finally managed to escape their ordeal after the latter smashed McCann over the head with the vodka bottle near Watford and ran to a construction site for help.

McCann, whose victims were aged between 11 and 71, was finally caught after a standoff with police just outside the Cheshire town of Congleton on May 6 after a nationwide manhunt and subsequently indicted on 37 charges.

He has denied seven counts of rape, one count of rape of a child under 13, seven counts of kidnapping, one attempted kidnapping, 10 counts of false imprisonment, three counts of assault by penetration.

He has also denied 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. 

The trial continues.

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