Joseph McCann trial: Woman tells how she used 'logic' to hit alleged rapist with vodka bottle

15 November 2019, 13:04

A young woman has told a court how she used "logic" rather than "courage" when she decided to smash a vodka bottle over alleged serial rapist Joseph McCann's head.

The 25-year-old was snatched just after midnight on 25 April while walking home in Walthamstow, east London, and was repeatedly raped over a 14-hour period, the Old Bailey heard.

As he held her captivate in a car, McCann, 34, allegedly kidnapped a second woman from the street in Edgware, north London, the court was told.

He threatened to "slit her throat" and sexually assaulted her, the trial heard.

Jurors were told the women managed to escape and run towards builders near the Phoenix Lodge hotel in Watford, Hertfordshire.

The woman said: "It was not about courage. It was about logic, the best time to incapacitate him."

During a videoed police interview played in court, the 25-year-old woman told how McCann said to them "I'm going to put my arms round you and you need to smile", before ordering them out of the car at the hotel.

She said instead she grabbed the vodka bottle and hit him over the head.

The court was told McCann, from Harrow, west London, reacted angrily, saying: "What the f***."

The witness said: "I saw it smash and he turned round and looked at me and was shouting and I dropped the stuff and ran up the road towards the builders shouting for help and saying we had been kidnapped.

"I ran up to one of them and said 'I need your phone, I need your phone' but he didn't understand me.

"I ran up the road and a man said 'come in here' and I went into the shop.

"As soon as I got into the shop I started just crying and I could not believe that I was in there.

"I turned round to look out and I saw the car drive away. I thought that meant he had driven away with her so I told them she was there.

"I looked down and was bleeding and there was lots of people there and they were saying 'don't worry you are safe' and there is people that will protect me.

"The next thing I remember is the other girl coming in."

She told police her attacker was white with blue eyes and a "weird" Irish accent.

He wore a white rosary and had tattoos, including one that said "bobbie", she said.

At one point a man had called him John, but he allegedly told her: "Don't worry that's not my real name. If that was my real name I would have to kill you both."

Jo Sidhu QC, defending, suggested both women had got into McCann's car "willingly" and engaged in consensual sex.

The woman repeatedly denied it and said she was terrified of McCann and was "always waiting to raise the alarm".

McCann denies 37 charges relating to 11 women and children including rape, false imprisonment and kidnap.

The trial continues.