Faulty probation officers missed a number of opportunities to jail serial rapist Joseph McCann before attacking eleven victims, a damn report reveals today.
He was sentenced to 33 life sentences and sentenced to at least 30 years in December for kidnapping, rape and sexual assault on women and children aged 11 to 71.
McCann had been accidentally released from prison two months before his two-week rampage with vodka and cocaine when he forced the victims into his car at the knife appointment.
Joseph McCann was arrested for a terrible campaign of kidnapping, rape and sexual assault
How McCann was released from prison twice when a judge found that he was "dangerous"
2008 – Joseph McCann threatened to stab an 85-year-old man in his home. He said to the older man, "give me money or I'll hit you" before taking his wallet and bank papers. He was detained indefinitely and said he could not apply for parole for two and a half years.
Early 2017 – McCann is released under license from the Probation Service.
End of 2017 – He breaks into his license and is sent back to prison with a three-year sentence.
February 2019 – McCann is wrongly released without going to the parole. Instead, he is automatically released after half of his three-year sentence.
April and May 2019 – McCann rages for two weeks for rape, sexual assault and kidnapping.
Last night, a mother who was tied up when he raped her 11-year-old son and 17-year-old daughter at her home said, "If the probation service had done its job, these tragedies would never have occurred. My family was torn apart by what this man did and everything could have been prevented. & # 39;
The watchdog report revealed that employees admitted to being "scared" of McCann, 35, and said it was "very intimidating" and "threatening and manipulative".
The document added: "It is evident that criminals' managers have been threatened, accused and lied to by (McCann)."
Other shocking revelations include how McCann wrote to relatives and asked her to find a "clean young girl" when he was released. However, he was not identified as a potential sex offender and the prison officials did not disclose any details of his letter.
Probation officers were also pressured not to call prisoners back to prison to reduce overcrowding.
The report said how McCann's review of the community was incorrectly downgraded just 12 days after he was released from prison in February last year.
The results showed how information was lost or not passed on to probation officers who had "excessive workload". Another mistake identified "police concerns about his sexual behavior have not been identified."
McCann, a traveler from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, was jailed for burglary in 2017 and released in February 2019.
During this time, there were eight cases in which he could have been recalled to appear before the parole board.
This should have been done under the terms of a 2008 public protection sentence because a pensioner had a knife thrown at his throat.
A graphic shows how McCann carried out his trail of misery before he was finally brought to trial
McCann tried to flee the police before he was finally arrested by officials
Probation officers in which Joseph McCann lived had to endure "chaotic conditions" and were under "great pressure" due to the workload
Probation officers in the region where Joseph McCann was supervised operated in "chaotic conditions" due to the size of their workload, "said a union leader.
Ian Lawrence, Secretary General of Napo, said the workers are working under "massive pressure" at the national level and called for a public investigation four years ago of the impact of partial privatization of the service.
The South East and Eastern National Probation Service (NPS), which oversaw McCann's oversight, was one of 21 identified as in need of improvement when inspected in May, and had shortcomings in key areas such as workload and personnel.
In the September results, inspectors urged the government to intervene after warning that parole officers dealing with high-risk offenders would buckle under pressure from workloads and staff shortages.
By March, the department had monitored more than 16,000 criminals and just over 35% were proven to be repeat offenders.
Probation officers dealt with an average of at least 42 cases each – the highest of the seven NPS departments, according to the report.
Mr. Lawrence said, “The chaotic conditions caused by staff shortages and workloads were not uncommon.
& # 39; The workforce across the NPS is at crisis level. I'm not surprised that mistakes can be made when employees work under massive pressure.
& # 39; When parole was partially privatized in 2015, we said that the fragmentation of service would lower morale and cause people to leave, and they did.
& # 39; Napo wants a public investigation into the effects of privatization. We believe that the people who developed and imposed this should be held accountable for what they have done. & # 39;
He said that after his release, McCann would have been monitored for his burglary conviction.
& # 39; He went under the radar. The oversight would have been based on the crimes he had committed, not on the suspicion that he would commit rape. & # 39;
There are currently 1,000 vacancies in the NPS in England and Wales.
The September report found that half of the employees interviewed by inspectors said they were unable to cope with their workload, and that 102 positions were currently available for civil servants, a 16% gap in the expected number of employees.
It concluded that more could be done to "identify and manage risks".
More than a third of the cases inspected were not investigated when circumstances changed, and only half were properly focused on "human safety," according to the report.
It added, "The staff relied too heavily on the individual's explanation for their crime rather than confirming the facts with other sources."
Almost half (49%) of the probation reports reviewed did not contain complete information about the potential risk of harm from criminals, and factors such as child protection were not properly assessed.
Mr. Justice Edis, the judge in McCann's trial, has requested an independent review of the errors related to the case.
A Justice Department spokesman said, "We are taking note of Mr. Justice Edis' comments on an independent investigation and are carefully considering the next steps."
However, this was never reported and he was released to carry out the nasty crimes, including eight rapes in Watford, North London, Greater Manchester and Cheshire.
Justice Minister Robert Buckland asked Chief Inspector of Probation Justin Russell to conduct an independent review of the case.
In the first of two reports, Mr. Russell said that the way the case was dealt with was "serious shortcoming" and added: "McCann was led by an unstable team that lacked experienced and skilled practitioners. They suffered from poor management supervision, high workload, poor performance and high turnover. & # 39;
Alan Collins, one of the lawyers representing McCann's victims, told the PA news agency that the report had been "excruciatingly read" and called for dangerous criminals to be "marked in red" across the justice system to ensure that such mistakes never happen again .
McCann, who had committed “serious crimes” and court orders in the past, saw ten employees in eleven years with three different probation officers responsible for his case in the months before he was released from prison in February 2019.
There were signs that it was an increasing risk to the public. There was evidence of its potential for sexual insult, ”said Russell.
His report contains a number of troubling results, including details of "graphic" letters intercepted by prison staff that McCann wrote to relatives in 2009 that included threats of sexual violence and his desire for a "clean young girl" when he was released from the Prison revealed.
He even tried to escape from prison that year and was taken to a maximum security prison after the attempt was thwarted.
Details of the 2003 police secret service, according to which McCann and a relative were involved in the abuse and sexual exploitation of teenage teenage girls, were discussed at a meeting attended by the offender manager responsible for his case between 2010 and 2013.
Critical information recorded by different agencies on different systems was "lost" between transfers between employees, Russell said.
"Most worrying," prison officials found in 2013 that McCann – "in consultation with his family – was trying to find a" young girl "for his release."
However, the "key information" was not shared with probation officers, which meant that they had "no clear picture" of who they were dealing with and made decisions based on "inadequate" ratings, Russell said.
McCann's ability to manipulate employees was "underestimated" and the level of threat he posed to the public was downgraded "too soon" after he was released from prison, the report added.
A March review by the Department of Justice (MoJ) revealed a catalog of mistakes in the case after McCann's judge called him a "classic psychopath".
The 34-year-old convicted burglar was released after a probation error two months before the killing spree of cocaine and vodka began.
Had he been called back to prison, he would have been held behind bars until the probation authorities decided that he could be released safely. Instead, he was automatically released from prison after serving his sentence.
He was seen by probation officers ten times in two months after his release, most recently in April, days before the first rape.
Within 15 days, he kidnapped, raped and attacked victims aged 11 to 71 in London and the North West.
A jury found him guilty of 37 charges for eleven victims, including eight rapes, false detention, and kidnapping.
A probation officer was demoted to the case.
Footage released by the police shows McCann arrested after hiding a tree after escaping
Among 13 recommendations to prison and probation services, Russell said that staff needed better access to all relevant records, including historical files, and asked the prisons to share information.
He also called for better control of recall decisions and more beds in bail hostels – called approved premises – where parole offenders are monitored by parole. McCann should have been housed there instead of relatives after her release.
The MoJ said McCann's crimes were "terrible" and had already apologized to the victims for the "unacceptable shortcomings." He added: "We have significantly improved the information exchange between prisons and probation officers, and all probation officers have received new, mandatory training on when offenders should be recalled."
Another 800 probation officers are in training, a spokesman added.
The second part of the review is due to be published in autumn.
The 11 victims of McCann's two-week reign of terror
- McCann's first victim was a 21-year-old single mother who left home early in the morning from a night club in Watford on April 20. After bundling her into his car, he forced the victim to drive to her apartment, where he raped her own bed.
- Five days later, a 25-year-old woman who went home from work was torn from the street by McCann a few meters from her home. The woman experienced a 14-hour ordeal while she was repeatedly raped in McCann's car.
- A 21-year-old woman was then pulled off the street while his second victim was still in the car. She was raped and forced to perform degrading sexual acts.
Crimes in the Northwest
- On May 5, McCann struck again after meeting a woman in a Lancashire bar and returning to her home. He tied the woman with a cable from her hair dryer and subjected her 17-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son to a terrible four-hour sex ordeal, during which both were raped.
- McCann then kidnapped a 71-year-old woman in a supermarket parking lot. He later raped her in the car during a five-hour ordeal.
- He then kidnapped two 13-year-old boys and a 13-year-old girl in Manchester. The girl was sexually assaulted while the boys were released.
- His last victims were two 14-year-old girls who were horrified in the back seat of his stolen car while being followed by the police.
Crime Life of 11 – Serial rapist Joseph McCann spent childhood stealing, setting fire to cars and terrorizing neighbors when he was one of the first in Britain to receive an ASBO at the age of 14
The evil sex beast Joseph McCann spent his childhood stealing cars, setting fire to them and terrorizing his frightened neighbors.
He and his brothers were so violent that he was one of the first in Britain to receive an ASBO who was only 14 years old.
The trio ran an intimidation campaign on its impoverished estate in Manchester in the 1990s.
Details of McCann's criminal history were first reported in December after he was found guilty of 37 charges for eleven victims, including eight rapes, false detentions, and kidnappings.
The convicted burglar, who was released after a parole, raged with cocaine and vodka, kidnapped, raped, and attacked victims between 11 and 71 years of age in Watford, London and the North West.
McCann, who received 33 life sentences and was imprisoned for at least 30 years, changed his appearance and went through five police areas when he avoided the police for 15 days despite telling his first victim his last name.
McCann, his older brother Sean (center, in red) and his younger brother Michael (right, in blue) scared the residents in the 1990s. They are pictured in Manchester in 1999
The brothers defiantly came out of the court in 1999. McCann (right) and his brothers Sean (16) and Michael (left) (12) stared at the cameras and swore and grinned
But McCann, his older brother Sean, and his younger brother Michael have scared the locals for years.
One said to MailOnline: "You were a terrible family, absolutely mean – scum of the earth."
McCann is a convicted burglar who was released after a parole
The brothers became infamous in 1999 when they received the first ASBOs and defiantly emerged from the court.
McCann and his brothers Sean (16) and Michael (12) stared at the camera and swore and grinned.
McCann grew up on the Beswick estate in Manchester, a disadvantaged neighborhood that has since been put down.
He was born in 1985 to a Scottish master builder and mother with ties to the travel community. He grew up with a fierce temper and tried to control his anger.
He and his brothers stole for the sport and threatened everyone who stood in their way.
He had his first contact with the police at the age of 11 and was convicted of theft in 1998.
When the boys were finally banned from the property the following year, local shop earnings increased by £ 14,000 a week. Sean McCann is pictured in Manchester in 1999 (center)
Former neighbors on a estate in Wealdstone, Middlesex, remembered how they lived in fear of the McCanns, who threatened anyone who challenged them. Above the former family home
The three boys were so productive that when they were finally banished from the property the following year, they raised local shop earnings by £ 14,000 a week.
They were forced to move from Beswick and went south to Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire and Middlesex, where they connected with their traveling relatives.
Former neighbors on a quiet estate in Wealdstone, Middlesex, remembered how they lived in fear of the McCanns, who threatened anyone who challenged them.
"They arrived overnight and brought chaos," a neighbor told MailOnline. “Everyone quickly found out about the McCanns. You were terrible.
Joseph and his brother always stole cars. They would drive the cars around and then burn them on our little green. The police would be around her house all the time.
Once they drove this van into the garden. We called the police and they said they had been stolen about 15 minutes earlier. & # 39;
He added: "We heard that they had to go where they used to live because it was getting too hot for them."
McCann was in and out of prison until 2008 when he broke into the home of a frail 85-year-old man in Bedford, armed with a knife.
McCann was caught buying CCTV gasoline and condoms in a shell garage. Two 14-year-old girls were kidnapped in a Fiat car on May 5, just a few hours before the police found him hiding in a tree
The pensioner was watching TV when McCann stormed through a side wall and threatened to stab the pensioner before stealing several items.
Parole officers released after McCann messed up recalls
The head of HM Prisons and Probation Service, has apologized "unconditionally" for errors in the Joseph McCann case.
The Department of Justice launched an investigation into why McCann was not recalled to prison after a break-in after his release from an indefinite prison sentence for a serious break-in.
According to the BBC, four probation officers from the Watford office were facing disciplinary proceedings, one of which was downgraded.
In a separate investigation, another worker was fired and another's contract was canceled.
Managing Director Jo Farrar said today: “We recognize that there have been shortcomings and we apologize unconditionally for our share in it. We are determined to do everything we can to learn from this terrible case.
& # 39; We have taken strong and immediate action against those involved in dealing with McCann's case and are taking important steps to improve the exchange of information between agencies.
"At the same time, we are developing new mandatory recall training for all probation officers and updated the guidelines on the threshold for recalling a perpetrator to prison."
When McCann was arrested in 2008, his girlfriend at the time was pregnant with her second child. You already had a very young child.
It is believed that her name was "Bobbie" and it was this name that he had tattooed on his stomach.
McCann spent the next 11 years in prison before he was released. He was arrested again in 2018 and released earlier this year for his devastating two-week attack.
It was a significant shift in brutality for a man who has focused on violent break-ins so far this year.
After his years in and outside the prison, the McCann family are said to have finally moved out of Wealdstone six or seven years ago.
Another neighbor said, “I was relieved when they did. They threw stones at someone.
There used to be a wall in front of her house. But they took out all the stones to throw at people.
“If you tell them something, they'll threaten to beat you up. There were two older boys and a little one. You were really terrible.
"The boys were always on the street. There was no way to avoid them. Everyone knew the McCanns. But there was nothing we could do.
& # 39; You were part of a gang. Her house was like her headquarters. & # 39;
McCann was always close to his brothers and was robbed after 32-year-old Sean committed suicide in Peterborough prison in 2016 while serving a two-year sentence for assault.
After his years in and outside the prison, the McCann family are said to have finally moved out of Wealdstone six or seven years ago. Another neighbor said, “I was relieved when they did. They threw stones at someone. & # 39;
Today McCann's parents live in a modest double bungalow on the outskirts of Aylesbury.
His father drives a 2019 4×4 Ford Kuga car, which is often parked on a driveway in front of the front door.
A sign on the wall warns visitors; & # 39; Beware of the wife. & # 39;
Part of a trailer lies in the driveway, while a mobile home is parked in the garden behind a high wooden fence.
The semi-detached house is guarded by surveillance cameras.
"His eyes were pure evil": The 17-year-old teenager who was raped by Joseph McCann in her own house revealed how he told her to have sex with her 11-year-old brother before being naked out the window in the first floor jumped to save her family
Prosecutors and police welcomed the incredible bravery of the victims who escaped Joseph McCann's prison after being arrested in December.
McCann kept the women and children he had torn off the streets locked in his car for hours while he raped others and held them in their own homes at the knife appointment.
Joseph McCann brought his victims through horrific trials of rape and kidnapping
A 17-year-old girl had to jump out the window on the first floor of her Lancashire house after McCann kidnapped her mother and tied her to her house.
McCann raped the 17-year-old and her 11-year-old brother.
The 17-year-old said in a statement to the police: "You know when you can look someone's eyes and you know he's purely evil."
The girl broke her heel as she jumped naked out of a window to escape, and she feared McCann would have killed her mother and brother in revenge for their escape.
Another McCann victim told how to hit McCann over the head with a vodka bottle to get away after leaving her in his car.
She said, “I went back to the car to get a big bottle of vodka. I took the bottle out of my pocket and hit him on the head, ”she said.
& # 39; It crashed and I ran to some builders who & # 39; Help, help & # 39; cried. He kidnaps us. They let me into a builder's merchants and I saw the entrance to the car. & # 39;
McCann at the Phoenix Lodge Hotel in Watford on the afternoon of April 25, when he left two women, his alleged victims, in his car
McCann's other victims included a 21-year-old woman whom he had kidnapped when she went home from the Pryzm night club in Watford in the early hours of April 21.
On April 25, he kidnapped a 21-year-old woman in broad daylight in northwest London. Another 25-year-old woman was already in the car, kidnapped in East London and detained for 14 hours.
His last two victims were two 14-year-old girls who were horrified in the back seat of his stolen car while being followed by the police.
After McCann was convicted, CPS prosecutor Tetteh Turkson said: “His victims suffered horrific sexual violence and were subjected to a really terrible ordeal.
“Through perseverance and bravery, some of them managed to escape.
„Sie zeigten große Charakterstärke, als sie der Polizei ihre Geschichten erzählten und vor Gericht aussagten – und einige der dunkelsten Momente ihres Lebens nacherlebten.
Mit der Kraft dieser Beweise und dem Mut der Opfer, Beweise zu liefern, wurde Joseph McCann wegen seiner Verbrechen verurteilt.
"Ich hoffe, dass die heutigen Urteile den Opfern etwas Trost bieten und ihnen ermöglichen, sich darauf zu konzentrieren, ihr Leben weiterzuentwickeln und wieder aufzubauen."
Die sieben Männer und fünf Frauen in der Jury des Old Bailey-Prozesses haben den ungewöhnlichen Schritt unternommen, dem Richter Richter Edis eine Notiz zu übermitteln, in der sie ihn aufforderten, ihre Gefühle festzuhalten.
In der Notiz stand: "Die Jury möchte die Tapferkeit aller Opfer in diesem Fall und den Mut anerkennen, den sie gebraucht haben, um sich zu melden."
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