Groom admits 'violent' rape of stranger just hours before marrying his pregnant partner

A groom has admitted raping a stranger in a park in east London just hours before marrying his pregnant partner.  

Derry McCann, 28, pleaded guilty to the "terrifying, violent and prolonged" attack on a woman as she walked home shortly after midnight on January 13.

The victim had spent the evening at a nearby art gallery in east London and was "within sight" of her front door when she was assaulted.

McCann dragged the woman into the undergrowth and subjected her to "mind games in an attempt to control her" as he carried out the attack.

In a two-hour ordeal the victim was asked by McCann "what she thought he was going to do to her". During the attack he took photos of the woman, punched her in the face and threatened her with further violence.

Hours later, he married his pregnant girlfriend.

Snaresbrook Crown Court heard that McCann, from Hackney, east London, was jailed in 2006 for another prolonged rape attack, which also took place in a London park.

The prosecution said he had recently been released from prison.

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

Andrew Held, the reviewing lawyer for the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "This was a terrifying, violent and prolonged attack involving rapes committed by a man intent on inflicting fear and psychological suffering.

"I would like to thank McCann's victim for her courage in helping bring this prosecution and hope his conviction provides some sense of justice for her."

McCann pleaded guilty to three counts of rape, one count of assault by penetration and one count of robbery.

He will be sentenced on 28 April.

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