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33 life sentences for Aylesbury man

Joseph McCann was found guilty of 37 offences on Friday.

Published by Dan Gooding at 1:14pm 9th December 2019. 2-minute read.

33 life sentences for Aylesbury man

After being found guilty of 37 offences, including kidnap and rape, a man from Aylesbury has been jailed.

Joseph McCann, who's 34, has been handed 33 life sentences today.

He will serve at least 30 years.

On Friday, he was found guilty of:

  • seven counts of kidnapping,
  • ten counts of false imprisonment
  • seven counts of rape
  • one attempted kidnap
  • three counts of assault by penetration
  • one sexual assault
  • two counts of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent
  • one rape of a child under 13
  • three counts of causing a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity
  • two counts of committing an offence with the intent of committing a sexual offence.

The 34–year-old was arrested by officers in the early hours of Monday, 6 May after committing a string of offences across Hertfordshire, London, Lancashire, Manchester and Cheshire.

Once in custody, detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime team worked tirelessly with colleagues from four other police forces to bring the case to court.

Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin, who led the investigation, said:

“McCann is a depraved and extremely dangerous individual who subjected 11 innocent people to horrific sexual and physical assaults – the memory of which they will have to live with for the rest of their lives.

“One of the victims described looking into McCann’s eyes as he attacked her and seeing pure evil; anyone who sat through the trial and listened to the evidence can have no doubt she was right.

“This case is one of the most shocking I have ever worked on and is made all the worse by the fact McCann forced all of his victims to re-live their ordeal in court by failing to admit his guilt, despite the overwhelming evidence against him."

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