Joseph McCann: Timeline of offences, crime spree and capture as rapist is found guilty of 37 charges

Joseph McCann was eventually arrested while hiding up a tree “Evil” sex fiend Joseph McCann is facing life behind bars for a horrific series of knifepoint attacks on women and children .

McCann, 34, a convicted burglar who had been freed after a probation error, went on a cocaine and vodka-fuelled rampage, abducting, raping and assaulting victims aged between 11 and 71 in Watford , London and the North West.

McCann changed his appearance and moved across five police force areas as he evaded police for 15 days despite telling his first victim his surname.

On his arrest, the violent offender, who had convictions for burglary, told police: “If you had caught me for the first two, the rest of this wouldn’t have happened.”

Here, the Standard takes a look at the timeline of McCann’s case. McCann was caught on CCTV as police hunted for him across the country (PA) 2008 – Joseph McCann was sentenced to a indeterminate prison sentence for public protection after he threatened to stab an 85-year-old man in an aggravated burglary. He was ordered to serve at least two-and-a-half years in prison.

February 2017 – He was released from prison after satisfying a parole board hearing that he no longer posed a danger to the public.

August 19, 2017 – McCann’s first court hearing for a burglary and charge of taking a vehicle without consent. He had wrongly not been automatically recalled to prison. January 25, 2018 – He was sentenced to a determinate three-year prison sentence […]

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