Groom raped stranger just hours before getting married

Casey Mills
March 3, 2017

Derry McCann, 28, taunted his victim and repeatedly violated her after dragging her over a two-hour ordeal in Victoria Park in Hackney, east London.

At the time of the attack the woman was walking home, before being dragged into the bushes by McCann, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.

"Asking the victim what she thought he was going to do to her before actually carrying out the acts".

"She was nearly within sight of her front door having walked round the side of the park on her usual route".

Detective Inspector Lee Davison, who investigated the Victoria Park attack, said outside court yesterday: "This man is a vicious predator and an extreme danger to women".

Honorary Recorder Martyn Zeidman told McCann: "You have done the most bad things and you will be going to prison, as you understand, for a very, very long time".

"Within feet of the [park] exit", she said, "the defendant grabbed her and pulled her off the park and began a sustained and systematic attack".

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McCann had recently been released after serving part of a life sentence that he was given in 2006, aged 17, for raping and beating a trainee solicitor in a park.

The recorder told him: "You have done the most awful things and you will be going to prison, as you understand, for a very, very long time".

According to the Telegraph, McCann pleaded guilty to three counts of rape, one count of assault by penetration and one count of robbery for his most recent attack. He then took the victim's phone and took photos of her on the ground, telling her she was lucky he didn't take video.

The judge said: 'Some of the most freakish and worrying features of the evidence was your repeated threats to kill the complainant and your change of mood.

Peter Cuthbertson of the Centre for Crime Prevention said: "This could have been prevented by keeping him in prison". "You will be going to prison, as you understand, for a very, very long time".

Judge Burn was so concerned about him he ordered a transcript of his sentencing remarks to be sent to the governor of the prison.

Derry McCann admitted today to raping a woman - his second victim - just hours before he married his pregnant fiancé.

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