Joseph McCann: Man charged with kidnaps and rapes in Watford and London

The 34-year-old former fugitive, captured on Monday, charged with five rapes

Chiara Giordano,Adam Forrest
Wednesday 08 May 2019 12:38
Police statement on Joseph McCann's arrest

Captured fugitive Joseph McCann has been charged with 12 offences related to alleged kidnappings and sexual assaults, including five rapes.

Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot authorised the use of force to bring the 34-year-old before her by video-link from Belmarsh prison after he refused to appear in court on Wednesday.

McCann was arrested in Cheshire in the early hours of Monday morning – more than two weeks after his first alleged attack.

He is accused of the kidnap and rape of a woman in Watford in the early hours of Sunday April 21.

McCann is further charged with two kidnappings, four counts of rape, one count of false imprisonment, two counts of causing a female to engage in sexual activity and one count of assaulting a female by penetration in London between 24 April and 27 April.

McCann, from Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, was due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday but the chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot said he was “refusing to come up” from the cells.

Six uniformed officers were on guard outside the courtroom. Prosecutor Iain Jenkins asked the judge to authorise the use of force so McCann could appear before the court by video-link from Belmarsh prison on Thursday.

Ms Arbuthnot said: “Mr McCann has failed to come up and yes, I do certainly authorise the use of force to get him before the video-link tomorrow so we can get on with the case.”

He will next appear via video link at the court on Thursday, 9 May.

An investigation by Scotland Yard’s Homicide and Major Crime Command is continuing and the Metropolitan Police said a file remains with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in relation to further alleged offences.