Joseph McCann: Alleged serial rapist 'forced woman into car at knifepoint on attack spree'
14 November 2019, 19:03 | Updated: 14 November 2019, 19:33
The alleged victim of an accused serial rapist broke down in court as she recalled being forced into a car at knifepoint.
The young woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told jurors at the Old Bailey that she had been walking home in Watford last April when she was abducted and raped.
Joseph McCann, 34, faces 37 counts of rape, sexual assault, abduction and false imprisonment of 11 people.
His oldest alleged victim was a 71 year old woman. The youngest was an 11-year-old boy, who the Crown claims was raped in front of his teenage sister, who was also raped as their mother lay tied to a bed in an adjoining room.
McCann, from Harrow in north London, denies all the charges against him.
The Old Bailey heard live evidence, via video link, from the defendant's first alleged victim.
The young woman told the court she was walking home in the early hours of 21 April, after an evening out at a Watford night club, when a car pulled up nearby.
The unnamed woman said the driver of the car got out and grabber her, held a knife against her throat and forced her into his vehicle.
McCann's lawyers admit he was the man in the car but claim the pair met when he offered her a lift home.
The witness told the court that McCann took her back to her flat, where he raped her in her own bed.
The jury was shown CCTV footage from cameras at a filling station in Watford, taken around five hours after the alleged abduction.
McCann's Ford Mondeo is shown in the video driving on to the forecourt, before the defendant gets out and heads into the filling station shop.
His alleged victim is also visible in the footage, sitting in the passenger seat.
Under cross-examination, defence counsel Jo Sidhu QC asked the witness why she did not take the opportunity to run from the vehicle while his client was in the petrol station shop.
The woman said she did not run from McCann because she did not know if he could catch her.
The defence suggested that the reason she never ran was because she was neither abducted nor raped, that sex had been consensual.
The witness said "that's not how it happened", and began crying.
Jurors has also been played a video recording of a police interview with Joseph McCann's second alleged victim.
The young woman, whose identity is also being protected, told officers she was grabbed by the defendant as she made her way home from a tube station in Walthamstow, east London.
The incident happened after midnight on 25 April, four days after the first alleged abduction.
The 25-year-old said the man grabbed her from behind, put his hand over her mouth and told her not to make a noise or he would stab her.
She said she was raped and sexually assaulted so often over a 14-hour period, she lost count of the number times.
At one point in the video interview, the young woman is heard telling the officers that her attacker pulled up at a local school and told her he wanted her to grab a school child.
The witness claimed that later that afternoon McCann grabbed a third victim, a 21-year-old woman, who had been walking with her teenage sister in Edgware, northwest London.
The court heard the pair were sexually assaulted and raped for a further two hours before they managed to escape their attacker.
The 25-year-old woman said that Joseph McCann had driven the pair to a hotel in Watford, where he intended to book a room and continue to assault them.
But the witness said she grabbed a large vodka bottle from inside the defendant's vehicle and struck him over the head.
The pair managed to run and shout for help to a group of workers at a nearby building site.
So far, Joseph McCann has not attended court.
The trial is due to run for another four weeks.