'Serial rapist' blamed further attacks on police 'for not catching him after the first two attacks'

13 November 2019, 23:12

Jospeh McCann is accused of raping 11 women and girls between the ages of 11 and 71
Jospeh McCann is accused of raping 11 women and girls between the ages of 11 and 71. Picture: PA

By Kate Buck

A man accused of raping 11 women and children told police "if you had caught me for the first two, the rest of this wouldn't have happened", the Old Bailey has been told.

Joseph McCann, 34, allegedly stole a mountain bike and climbed a tree in a bid to evade officers after being caught with two 14-year-old girls in the back of a car he was driving.

A major investigation was sparked spanning from London to the North West after a string of women and children aged between 11 and 71 were abducted and sexually assaulted over three days in the spring, jurors have heard.

After he was arrested, McCann allegedly told a police officer: "If you had caught me for the first two, the rest of this wouldn't have happened."

Prosecutor John Price QC said he was arrested with the two underage girls in the back of a Fiat.

He is accused of stealing the Fiat the two girls were in from a 71-year-old woman who he had kidnapped and raped the day before.

Joseph McCann allegedly told police:"If you had caught me for the first two, the rest of this wouldn&squot;t have happened."
Joseph McCann allegedly told police:"If you had caught me for the first two, the rest of this wouldn't have happened.". Picture: PA

On the day he was arrested, he was captured at 6.44pm on CCTV buying condoms at a Shell Petrol station on the Clayton Bypass just a few miles away in the Greater Manchester area.

McCann was taken into custody following a police chase, in which the Fiat crashed into a Mercedes car before McCann fled on foot, leaving the two girls behind.

Mr Price said: "They were shocked, very frightened and distressed but otherwise mercifully unharmed."

McCann then ran past a man in his front garden who asked if he was alright, to which McCann allegedly replied: "Shut the f*** up" before pedalling off on a mountain bike.

At about 8.15pm the defendant reportedly made two phone calls in a restaurant in Scholar Green, Cheshire, and was overheard asking to speak to "Charlene" before ordering a taxi, jurors were told.

He then abandoned the bicycle outside the restaurant before being picked up by the taxi.

He had reportedly stolen a car off a 71-year-old woman who he raped
He had reportedly stolen a car off a 71-year-old woman who he raped. Picture: PA

McCann was eventually snared after police set up roadblocks stopped the taxi on the A34 south of Congleton at 8.40pm.

By this time, detectives had a a name and description of the suspect and knew he had a distinctive tattoo on his stomach.

When PC David Reed asked to speak McCann in the back of the taxi, he was holding a pint glass and claimed he was returning home after drinking in pubs, the court heard.

When the officer asked to see his stomach, the he replied: "No, you're not f****** seeing" before jumping out of the taxi and running into fields saying: "f*** you".

A police cordon was placed around the field and the force helicopter was deployed.

Mr Price said: "Police found him. He had climbed a tree. A stand-off commenced. He was eventually brought down and at 2.36am on Monday 6th May he was arrested for offences of rape and abduction."

In response to being cautioned, McCann said: "Possible abduction" and when asked about the girls in the back of the Fiat he said: "I did not abduct them. Those two girls wanted a lift".

The defendant is charged with:

- 10 counts of false imprisonment
- Seven counts of rape
- One count of rape of a child
- Two counts of causing or inciting a person to engage in sexual activity without consent
- Seven counts of kidnap
- One count of attempted kidnap
- Three counts of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity
- Three counts of assault by penetration
- One count of sexual assault
- Two counts of committing a sexual offence with intent.

He has pled not guilty to all the charges relating to the 11 alleged victims.

The trial continues...

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