Rapist attacked stranger just hours before his wedding

[Image: Derry MCCann]

A man has pleaded guilty to beating and raping a stranger hours before he was due to get married.

Derry MCCann, aged 28, of St. Peters Way, Hackney, pleaded guilty to three counts of rape and one count of robbery when he appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

MCCann will be sentenced at the same court on 28 April.

At about 11pm on Thursday, 12 January the victim, a woman in her mid 20s, was walking home near Victoria Park, Grove Road, E3, after an evening out with friends.

She suddenly became aware of MCCann who was loitering near the pathway. As she tried to pass him, MCCann grabbed her and pulled her towards some benches.

He then told the victim to be quiet and made it clear that he would hurt her if she resisted. She tried to placate and reason with MCCann as much as possible but he hit her in the face.

The victim was subjected to a drawn out attack during which she was raped, beaten and humiliated.

When the ordeal was over, MCCann took photos of his victim and said that she was lucky that he did not video it. He stole her mobile phone as he made off from the scene. Hours after the attack, he went on to get married.

The distressed victim was able to make her way home and reported the incident.

An investigation began immediately by detectives from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command.

MCCann was identified as the suspect based on a description the victim provided. He was arrested on Wednesday, 18 January and refused to answer any questions. The victim, however, bravely identified MCCann in an identity parade.

Detectives believe that MCCann had been following another woman immediately before the rape, but he had lost track of this woman and then stalked his eventual victim.

Detective Inspector Lee Davison from the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command said: “This man is a vicious predator and an extreme danger to woman. He preyed on his victim and set out to degrade her physically and psychologically. No one should have to endure what she was forced to go through and I want to formally pay tribute to her courage and determination. It is through her bravery we have been able to bring MCCann to justice.”

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